As I would be meeting San Diann at Flour & Butter Cafe before heading to The Mall for More Than Blue, Jennifer was nice enough to suggest that we have lunch at somewhere nearby Flour & Butter Cafe. Our initial plan for lunch was some Pakistani food at Seri Damai Restaurant.
Unfortunately, Jennifer woke up with a mild sore throat in the morning and she didn’t want to risk worsening it. So, she asked if I would be okay changing the venue instead. She came up with Food Messenger as one of the options so that it would be convenient for me to head to Flour & Butter Cafe after lunch.
As I had never been to Food Messenger after the takeover, I agreed. The new owner did a complete revamp of the place and gave it a new face lift. The cafe was girly in my opinion, appropriate for birthday parties, bridal shower and baby shower. It is definitely not a place where guys would organize birthday parties for their brothers. LOL!
Without further ado, let me show you what Jennifer and I had for lunch yesterday afternoon!
Classic Gua Bao | B$2.50
Gua Bao is steamed Mantou stuffed with fillings. Classic Gua Bao was served with braised chicken cutlet alongside with some vegetables and preserved salted vegetables. The steamed Mantou was good, soft and fluffy in texture. The braised chicken cutlet was well marinated in my opinion. It was flavorful both in and out.
Chicken Curry Gua Bao | B$3.50
Jennifer and I wanted to try their Chicken Floss Gua Bao but it was unavailable yesterday. Perhaps they ran out of chicken floss? So, we got Chicken Curry Gua Bao instead. I was craving for spicy food to be honest. The chicken cutlet was breaded and deep with a coating of spices.
Oddly enough, Taiwanese version of curry was different than what I expected. Perhaps I am used to the creamy version and coconut milk infused kind of local curry. Having said so, it was still one good Chicken Curry Gua Bao despite the slight difference in taste.
Kueh Tiaw Wanton Soup | B$5.00
For our individual main course, I had their Kueh Tiaw Wanton Soup. The Wanton Soup alone was B$4.00 each and additional B$1.00 for the noodle. They have several noodle types to choose from – Bee Hoon, Kolo Mee, Kueh Tiaw, Rice Vermicelli, Udon and Yellow Noodle.
I had Kueh Tiaw. As you can see in the picture above, the Wanton(s) were deep fried before serving. I was expecting the boiled kind of Wanton(s). The filling tasted oddly sour in my opinion. I wasn’t sure if the freshness was compromised or vinegar was added in the process of marination. The soup was clear but flavorful at the same time.
Udon with Braised Chicken | B$5.00
Instead of having beef noodles, Jennifer ordered their Udon with Braised Chicken so that I could have a taste of it. Both Udon and the chicken were well braised and marinated in my opinion. The latter was soft and tender. The marination tasted strong of five spices powder. Those who aren’t a big fan of five spices powder may not like this. The sauce was rather too sweet for my liking. It would be nicer if the sauce was less sweet.
Verdict: I was surprised to see that the cafe was empty at the time when I walked in at 1PM. Upon seated, I was being handed an iPad for menu. Their menu was saved in the form of PDF file in the iPad. It wasn’t very user friendly in my opinion as it took time for the file to load.
Food didn’t take long to be served after order had been placed. However, Gua Bao were served after the both main courses had been served. The food were good enough in my opinion. To be honest, they had surpassed my expectation but still have space for improvement.
Unit 3, Simpang; 98,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam