Review: All Time Delights

I had wanted to bring parents for breakfast at All Time Delights this morning but Dad decided that he wanted to stay in. So, he had breakfast at home instead while Mom and I headed out for breakfast.

All Time Delights is one of the latest launch of eatery in Brunei in collaboration with Paddington House of Pancakes. In short, you can enjoy Halal Kolo Mee with Western touch of breakfasts at the same time. If you are wondering where is this All Time Delights, it is located in the same premise as Paddington House of Pancakes of Berakas branch.

Without further ado, let me show you what both Mom and I had for breakfast this morning …

All Time Delights is currently on soft opening stage. I am pretty sure they will come with an extensive menu in due time.

Trio Chiffon Cake | B$3.00

I am not someone who would go for old school cakes whenever having desserts outside. I used to bake chiffon cakes at home but this combination fascinated me. The sponge layers were soft and spongy but sweet. The layers of chiffon cakes were sandwiched with fruit jam, making the entire cake even sweeter.

Nasi Panggang | B$0.70

Nasi Panggang is also known as Pulut Panggang. Pulut in English was glutinous rice. It is a Malay or Nonya cuisine, filled with chili shrimp paste as fillings wrapped in banana leaves and grilled.

I over ordered and we ended up not able to finish. So, we brought this back home as takeaway and I only managed to get a bite. The filling was pretty good but slightly spicy.

Kolo Mee Special | B$5.00

kolo mee, charsiu sauce, minced chicken, charsiu & chicken crackling

This was for Mom. When I first asked her how she likes her Kolo Mee Special, she mentioned that the charsiu and noodle were good. According to her, the charsiu weren’t dry for chicken breast.

When she found out that it was 5 bucks per bowl, she commented that it was ordinary bowl of Kolo Mee. LOL! But all in all, I can say that it was a good as my colleagues said the same thing too.

Kolo Mee Special | B$6.00

kolo mee, original sauce & chicken chop

I on the other hand went for original sauce instead of charsiu sauce with chicken chop as topping. I liked the noodles but maybe not so much for the chicken chop. The chicken chop were okay but I think they were a little bit heavy to go with the noodles. I am very likely to go for their minced chicken next time.

Nasi Lemak | B$6.00

As Dad did not tag along for breakfast, I ordered a Nasi Lemak for him and he had it for lunch. I did managed to have a small spoonful of the rice before heading out to meet San Diann and Shew Hiang for lunch at Sarang Korean Restaurant.

The Nasi Lemak came with a piece of deep fried chicken wing, peanuts, anchovies, crackers, sambal paste, sunny side up, few slices of cucumbers and coconut rice. The crackers weren’t crispy anymore as per Mom and the coconut rice had a distinctive taste of lemongrass.

All Time Delights
Unit 3 & 4, Simpang: 58,
Jalan Berakas, Kampung Serusop,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara 9Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2331668

Review: BAKE 250°C

We are starting to have new food eateries in town again after slowing down for quite some time. I had just found out that a new cafe – Coco Cafe is soft opening today. I had heard of it from my hairstylist last Sunday. As I am drinking less coffees nowadays, my choices of beverage are limited to hot chocolate and Chai Tea Latte whenever cafe hopping.

Anyways, Jennifer and I tried out BAKE 250°C yesterday evening after our unsuccessful attempt last Sunday afternoon. We intended to go there for high tea after our pampering session at the salon but we changed our mind after the embarrassing incident which Jennifer had earlier. LOL! BAKE 250°C is located on the exact unit as the previous The Frenz Café in Kiulap or the same row as Little Audrey’s Café.

The place looked more spacious in layout as compared to when it was still occupied by The Frenz Café. The place was brightly lit which makes photography easier. Without further ado, let’s get started with the food pictures!

Fresh Orange & Carrot Juice | B$3.50

As I was trying to eat as clean as possible, I resorted to getting myself a fruit juice since it was stated fresh on the menu. I expected their juice to be freshly squeezed kind so I asked if they could get me Orange & Carrot Juice instead. They agreed but at an additional cost of 50 cents which was fine by me.

The moment when I took the first sip of my Fresh Orange & Carrot Juice, I was instantly surprised that it tasted so sweet for a freshly squeezed juice. I thought they must have added some sugar syrup. However, they tasted more like canned fresh orange juice after a few more sips and I did not taste anything carrot in it either. I only had a few sips in total before giving up completely.

Rose Tea | B$3

Grilled Chicken Wrap | B$6.90

Both Jennifer and I agreed that we will each order ourselves a main course so that we can share. She ordered this while I ordered the following. We were contemplating between this or Mexican Chicken Wrap. We resorted to Grilled Chicken Wrap in the end. It was surprisingly good but the filling was slightly wet though. The fries were seasoned but soggy.

Baked Vegetable Pesto Penne | B$8.90

If you had been following my food entries regularly, you might have caught up that I am a fan of pesto dishes. And of course, I would not miss this and moreover it was baked with vegetables. The pesto sauce was strong in taste, unsuitable for those who do not like basil leaves.

The sauce was sautéed with garlic to give more flavoring which I personally thought was customized to local preferences. However, the only downside of this dish was the penne. They were overcooked. The entire dish would be perfect if the penne were not overcooked.

Verdict: The customer service was good in my opinion. However, I do think that their staffs were rather inexperienced with their menu. As mentioned earlier, both Jennifer and I were contemplating between Grilled Chicken Wrap and Mexican Chicken Wrap. So, we asked the waiter who attended to us the difference between both. He was unable to give us a straight answer so he went back to consult his colleagues.

Another guy whom I presumed to be one of their chefs based on his work attire took over our orders from the waiter. We prodded the same question again and only to be left with no answer of the difference between Grilled Chicken Wrap and Mexican Chicken Wrap. To be honest, I have no complaint about their customer service at all. They were polite and friendly. I just thought that they should be well knowledgeable of the food which they have on their menu. However, I do not mind returning to try out their other dishes.

BAKE 250°C
Unit 13, Block A,
Ground Floor, Kiulap Complex,
Simpang: 88,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2233441

Review: Food Messenger

Food Messenger was previously operating on a home based basis with door to door food delivery service. I first heard of Food Messenger through San Diann and they were still doing door to door delivery service at the time. However, they recently have their brick and mortar premise located at Menglait, right across NBT Toyota Showroom in Gadong.

Jennifer and I had wanted to try Food Messenger for quite some time since their opening but could not make time to do so. Their business hour is only until 7:30PM in the evening and they are close on every Friday. So, our only available timing is on Sunday. We arranged to meet up yesterday afternoon for lunch as I wanted to pass over the toiletries which she requested Sister to purchase from Shanghai.

Despite having decided on Food Messenger earlier on, Jennifer was asking if we should try out BAKE 250°C as well. So, I thought we could do Food Messenger for lunch and BAKE 250°C for high tea. Jennifer got the arrangement mixed up. She waited for me at BAKE 250°C while I waited for her at Food Messenger. We had a laugh about it when she finally arrived at Food Messenger.

Food Messenger was crowded at the time when I arrived yesterday afternoon. There was a large group of patrons standing outside and I wondered if they were waiting for tables. Seeing the big group, I decided to go inside the restaurant to wait for Jennifer instead. I was 20 minutes earlier than our arranged time. Prior to going Food Messenger, a colleague highly recommended me their Sweet Potato Balls.

While waiting for Jennifer to arrive, I took my own sweet time to browse their menu (though there was not much to begin with) before deciding on the top few which I would like to try. And we resorted to the following few …

Soyamilk | B$1.80

I had Soyamilk as it was freshly made to orders. You can choose in between sweetened or unsweetened. I obviously went for the latter. It was good to be honest. The soyamilk was smooth in texture and you may get the beancurd layering if you leave it untouched for a short period.

Sweet Potato Balls | B$3

I had only realized that I had forgotten to take a picture of how these Sweet Potato Balls looked on the inside and please do not be deterred by the color. I have to say this is my top favorite dish at Food Messenger. There was no filling on the inside and they used purple sweet potatoes which were naturally sweet. They were best eaten when served piping hot but be careful lest you will be burn your tongue and lips.

Egg Roll with Chicken Floss | B$3

Egg Roll is one of their bestselling. The lady who served us highly recommended us to try their Egg Roll with chicken floss as add on. It was indeed good as the chicken floss added taste and texture to the egg roll. The egg roll tasted rather bland to me but the flavoring from the chicken floss compensated it.

Braised Chicken Rice | B$4

This is one of the highly recommended street food in Taiwan. However, the original version was made with pork. As Food Messenger is a Halal restaurant, they made do with chicken instead. It was okay in my opinion but I think I like it better with pork. However, I do have to say that this is entirely subjective to personal preference.

XL Fried Chicken | B$6

We ordered this as we saw that it was an almost staple dish on every tables. If you are wondering, the portion is good for three. We were rather disappointed with the texture. It was not as crunchy as I anticipated it to be. We only managed to finish one third of the XL Fried Chicken and Jennifer had to bring the rest home as takeaway.

Food Messenger
Unit 3, Simpang; 98,
Jalan Gadong,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-7319775

Review: Chua Café, Miri

I was in Miri yesterday with Mom and a colleague from work. As we had a medical appointment in the afternoon, we decided to head down early in the morning to avoid traffic congestion (despite there was none on a weekday). We set out from home at 6:10AM and picked up my colleague approximately 10 minutes later only to find that she was not ready yet.

By the time we set out for Miri, it was about 6:30AM and we reached Miri about 10 minutes to 9AM. The journey was a smooth one as there were not much heavy duty vehicles on the road. Custom officers were being cautious and attentive yesterday as I was requested to open up the car boot for inspection on both journeys. As we were not carrying any liquor, there was nothing to worry about.

Chua Café is one of the listed café to try in our chat logs. Marina ParkCity can be pretty quiet in the morning as majority restaurants/bistros open from late afternoon to early dawn. Choices are limited in the area for breakfast.

酸甜竹卷 | RM3.80

I ordered Glutinous Sticky Rice but it was sold out. So, the waiter recommended me their Sweet & Sour. I have a soft spot for dim sum made with beancurd skin. The filling was good for me but the gravy was sweet to the core. There was no hint of sourness at all despite being named Sweet & Sour.

芋头排骨 | RM3.80

There was nothing much to rave about this dim sum. The only thing which I liked was the tenderness of the pork ribs. To be honest, I did not see any yam in it. Did you see any?

Roasted Duck Noodle | RM6.50

Roasted Pork Noodle | RM6.50

Mom and I shared this. We ordered Roasted Pork Kolo Mee but was being informed that they were out of the local noodle and the only ones available were rice vermicelli and Hong Kong noodle. We opted for the latter. The flavor of the noodle was well balanced for me but Mom found them to be rather bland.

Verdict: Food were okay in my opinion and I do not mind returning to try out some of their other bestselling ones. I wanted to try their Custard Bun but Mom was not keen. I honestly think that their customer service needed some improvements. I thought it was my own personal opinion until Mom commented that some of the staffs looked rather glum apart from a tall waitress who looked cheery to me.

Chua Café
Lot 2015,
Marina ParkCity,
Miri,
Malaysia
Tel: +6-085326811

Sungkai Buffet Review: Verve Caffe

This was my second Sungkai dinner for the year of 2017. I had been to Flour & Butter Cafe with Jennifer for their Eat All You Can promotion earlier this month. Verve Caffe is the other cafe which I was intrigued to try out their Sungkai Buffet after having tried Rack & Brew Boutique Cafe‘s Sungkai Buffet last year.

The gang – San Diann, Clara, Shew Hiang and I planned to meet at least once for Sungkai Buffet this year. I thought we agreed to meet for dinner at Piccolo Fratini next Tuesday but San Diann could not make it as he had made other plans with his friends. So, we made do with this evening instead as all four of us were available.

San Diann, Clara and I were the first to arrive at the cafe. I went out earlier this afternoon for some pampering session in town. I even managed to get some grocery done after the pampering session and was left with ample time in hand. Drove to Verve Caffe early and stayed in the car to catch up with The Heirs until San Diann and Clara came finding me by my car. LOL!

Without further ado, let me show you what Verve Caffe is offering for their Sungkai Buffet! Let’s start with the main course, shall we?


Mac and Cheese

Battered Salmon (with Tartar Cream)

Their Battered Salmon was good. It was the first wiped out from the buffet spread. I took one for myself and shared half with San Diann as I am trying to cut down on fried food. However, it was darn hard to resist just by looking at it. I did not have the fries though despite their fries are good.

Roast Duck

I did not have much of this but only a small portion. They did not label all their food. I thought this was chicken at first until I had a bite and realized that it was duck due to the “smokey” taste which I dislike.

Roast Leg of Lamb

All four of us agreed that their Roast Leg of Lamb was good. I only had a small piece as it had been almost two years since I last had lamb. The meat was tender.

Beef Meatballs in Gravy

Olive Oil Brioche Dinner Rolls

Dinner rolls to go with Soup of the Day. They were having Pumpkin Soup today. The dinner rolls were dry in my opinion and they were still dry despite being dipped into the soup.

BBQ Spicy Wings

Fries

Piri Piri Chicken

These were what they were offering for pasta section. Their Penne Arabbiata was good but spicy. Despite spicy, it was addictive and I went back for second serving. However, I personally find the penne pasta to be slightly overcooked in my opinion.

As we were the first to arrive, the staff gave us the privilege to choose the first four pizzas to be served on their buffet spread and we chose Neapolitan Red, Funghi, Local Classic Honey Garlic and Broccoli and Salmon.



After all the high calories’ food pictures, here comes the beverages and their desserts section!

Their coolers were pretty good and they worked as great thirst quenchers. I had a glass for each one of them apart from the Basil Lemonade. I am not sure if I would like basil in my drink. LOL!

These were their dessert spreads. The bite size chocolate dessert was good. It was chocolate mint flavored. The Carrot Cake however was sweet especially the cream cheese frosting. The frosting had a grainy texture as if the sugar were not dissolved properly.

Tropical Smoothie Bowl

These were good. I am not sure what they made for the smoothie. Avocado, maybe? However, it was tad sweet for my liking. It was something good for a change than the usual sweet desserts though.

Price: B$29.90 (adults) & B$14.90 (children)

Verdict: You can get free flow of black and white coffees over the counter. All you need to do is to proceed to the counter, place your orders with the baristas and they will have it sent to your table when it was ready.

While we were sipping our coffees, Shew Hiang was asking if they refill their food in between courses as she said most of the restaurants she been to did not do refills. Now that she asked, we realized that they did not do refill apart from pizzas. I could be wrong though. Shew Hiang wanted to have a second serving of their salad and it was no longer available after the first round of salad was finished.

Verve Caffe
Unit 6A,
Ground, First & Second Floor,
Simpang: 68, Jalan Batu Bersurat,
Kampung Pengkalan Gadong,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-7274153