18062017 / Excapade Sushi, Regent Square

It was Father’s Day last Sunday so I brought parents out for dinner at Excapade Sushi, Regent Square. I think Dad likes to eat sashimi so I chose Excapade Sushi as they were having promotion with Standard Chartered Bank Debit and Credit Card.

You are entitled to 35% off your dining bill with minimum spending of B$50 but discount will be capped at B$50. It is only applicable during Ramadhan weekends until 25 June 2017. The restaurant was so packed on that evening due to Father’s Day celebration. Thankfully, I called in in advance for reservation or else we would have to wait for table when we arrived.

Without further ado, let’s get started on what we had the other night. I ordered the most expensive dishes first so that it would not be hard to reach the minimum spending quota. LOL!

Tekka Maki | B$2.20

Oshinko Maki | B$2.20

Unagi Maki | B$4.00

Kamikaze Roll | B$4.00

Mom wanted this the moment she saw the waitress serving it to the next table and it turned out this was not what she wanted afterall. The one she wanted was vegetables stuffed fillings and this came stuffed with avocado and tamago.

Agedashi Tofu | B$5.00

The Agedashi Tofu was not as good as I remembered. The silken tofu did not taste fresh to me. I know, what can you expect from imported packaged silken tofu but I remembered I had better ones before.

Gyoza | B$5.00

Parents liked this as they thought they were similar to Taiwanese version of dumplings. The Gyoza were pan fried to perfection and dipping them with the accompanying sauce made them even better. I think the dipping sauce came with a wee bit of black vinegar for an appetizing kick.

Chicken Teriyaki Don | B$8.00

Salmon Sashimi | B$18.50

Unagi Kabayaki | B$18.50

I was craving for grilled eel the other day. So, I ordered a portion of this and it was also one of the most expensive dishes which I had ordered that evening. The eel was done pretty well despite I think it could have been better. The sauce was tad sweet as per Dad but went well with the rice from Chicken Teriyaki Don.

Excapade Sushi Regent Square
Unit 1 & 2, Ground Floor,
Regent Square, Kampung Kiulap,
Bandar Seri Begawan, BE1518,
Brunei Darussalam.
Tel: +673-2234011

 

16062017 / Alter Ego

This was my third visit to Alter Ego since it was established. I was not extremely satisfied with their customer service over my first visit but there were obvious improvements since my second visit which I did not pen down. They were having a photo shooting at the time we were there yesterday evening. So, half of the cafe was secured for photography purpose.

Mocha | B$5.50

Chocolate | B$6.00

As I am on a no coffee diet, I opted for Chocolate. It was pretty good for my liking despite being tad bit sweet. All in all, I liked that it had a smooth texture.

Vanilla Choux | B$3.50

I ordered this to share as what they were offering for desserts yesterday evening did not appeal to me. I had tried most of them apart from this. The whipped cream was rather heavy for me and we only managed to finish a small portion of it. The Choux pastry tasted slightly salty in my opinion but I do have to agree that I love the presentation. It looked cute to me.

Alter Ego
Unit 2 & 3, Block E,
Ground Floor,
Setia Kenangan 2,
Kampung Kiulap,
Bandar Seri Begawan, BB1518,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2230388

Of Random Things #109

I was craving for Asian style stir fry noodles the other day. A colleague of mine once told me that Italian pasta makes a good Asian stir fry noodle as well. And off I went to buy my favorite pasta – Penne. I boiled half a packet of Penne to al dente, scrambled some eggs and added brown button mushrooms with some shredded cabbages.

So, this was how my Asian Stir Fry Penne turned out to be. Actually, it was Mom who cooked this entire dish as I only helped with boiling the pasta. And yes, we added some spring onions too for a more Asian touch.

Parents commented that they preferred Spaghetti pasta more than Penne. I guess different individuals have different preferences. I will get some Linguine or Spaghetti next time if I were to make this again.

02062017 / Bung’eo

Sorry for the lack of update recently as I do not feel motivated to blog at times especially when I am feeling all tired from work during the day. All I wanted to do is to laze around and catch up on the Korean drama series which I had been following.

Now that it is the fasting month, I usually spend my day off at home during the day and go out for dinner with some friends during the night. However, I am being productive during the day despite staying home. I usually do baking as I had ample time in hand to kill apart from watching Korean drama series.

And guess what I am baking this morning? It is the Japanese Shokupan Condensed Milk Sandwich Bread! I decided to bring out the bread pan which Sister bought me from Shanghai for a good use today. I am not sure how it is going to turn out but hopefully, it will be for the better good.

Anyways, let me show you what I had for dessert some time earlier this month. I was craving for something sweet after dinner as it did not fulfill my craving at the time. I dropped by Bung’eo as they were having Matcha as one of the flavors for the week.

Matcha Soft-Serve | B$3.50

I had Matcha soft-serve served in a small sized taiyaki (fish waffle). They did not make a big batch of the taiyaki at the same time hence they made fresh one for me after placing the order. The taiyaki was served hot which was heavenly good with the Matcha soft-serve.

The Matcha soft-serve was not too sweet, just perfect for my liking. I requested for Kit Kat as topping, which was an additional 50 cents charge. I think I would request for no rainbow sprinkler next time. It did make the soft-serve looking more appealing but I am not keen about them.

Bung’eo
Unit 28, Ground Floor,
Citis Square,
Simpang: 13-41,
Kampung Jaya Setia,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-7183883

 

04062017 / Flour & Butter Cafe

It has been a week and a half into the fasting month of 2017. Majority of the cafes and restaurants here in Brunei have their own version of Sungkai Buffet, Eat All You Can or 50% promotion going on. I am not a big fan of Sungkai Buffet as I usually eat less than what I paid for.

Jennifer and I tried Rack & Brew Boutique Cafe for their Sungkai Buffet last year and that was it for the year. We tried Flour & Butter Cafe this time round. We contemplated between Little Audrey’s Cafe and Flour & Butter Cafe in the first place. We settled with the latter as there were a few dishes that we would like to try out. So, off we went to Flour & Butter Cafe last Sunday evening. I called in in advance to book for a table in case the cafe would be fully booked. It turned out that they were not at the time when I arrived at 6:40PM.

Instead of having Sungkai Buffet, Flour & Butter Cafe is having Eat All You Can promotion whereby you can order anything from their food menu, excluding cakes and beverages at the price of $22.90 per person. There would additional charges for food wastage. So, do order wisely and make sure you could finish all the food that you ordered. However, you could also go for ala carte instead of their Eat All You Can.

Without further ado, let me show you what Jennifer and I had for dinner the other evening!

Disclaimer: Please do not be surprised at the amount of food that we ordered for two! Jennifer helped me with some of the food which I could not finish as I felt bloated halfway through the meal.

House Salad | B$4.90

with balsamic vinegar OR sesame dressing + additional chicken B$2.70

We started our dinner wit something light as appetizer and went for their salad. It was served in a mason jar. Brownie point for the presentation. The salad came with corns, tomatoes, lettuce and a few thinly sliced onions. The balsamic vinegar was sour and yet sweet at the same time. Texture wise, it was thicker than what I was expecting.

Fresh Mushroom | B$4.90

Fresh Prawn Bisque | B$5.90

Honestly speaking, we were quite disappointed with their Fresh Prawn Bisque. I read and heard great reviews about it but somehow it did not suit my taste bud. I liked how they presented their Fresh Prawn Bisque but it was the taste which was a turn off for me. The taste of raw prawn heads were too strong for my liking but their garlic bread was good!

This was not meant as an offensive comment of their Fresh Prawn Bisque. It is entirely subjective to personal preference. Some may find it nice while some may not. I generally dislike the taste of prawn heads in soup broth or anything.

Onion Rings | B$5.90

Chicken Chop | B$9.90

boneless chicken drizzled with mushroom sauce and mashed potato

Pan Fried Salmon | B$23.90

salmon served with garlic sauce and mashed potato pumpkin purée

I went for the second expensive dish on the menu and it was priced more than what I am paying for per person. The salmon was well done for me, drizzled with garlic sauce. The garlic sauce was good but tad salty for our liking. However, it paired well with the salmon.

The mashed potato pumpkin purée was nice but can be a bit sickening when eaten too much due to the starch from potatoes and the cream to make the mashed potatoes.

Flour & Butter Cafe
No: 29, Ground Floor,
Bangunan Haji Hassan Abdullah,
Menglait, Jalan Gadong,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2422323