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

Baking #137: Japanese Shokupan Condensed Milk Sandwich Bread

Decided to draft this blog entry first before heading out as I am still waiting for this bread to cool down before slicing so that parents can have sandwich bread during tea time later in the afternoon. The gang – San Diann, Clara, Shew Hiang and I are meeting for dinner tonight at Verve Caffe for their Sungkai buffet.

Anyways, I found out about this recipe of Japanese Shokupan Condensed Milk Sandwich Bread from my Facebook feeds and I was intrigued to try due to the simplicity of the ingredients required. However, the original recipe was made for two loaves and I only had one Pullman tin at home. So, I halved the recipe.

Japanese Shokupan Condensed Milk Sandwich Bread (adapted from Bake for Happy Kids)

Ingredients:

  • 238g full cream milk
  • 40g condensed milk
  • 25g unsalted butter *22g*
  • 4g salt
  • 325g bread flour
  • 1 tsp instant yeast

Directions:

  1. Measure all ingredients in advance with measuring cups and spoons.
  2. Remove bread pan from bread machine and install collapsible paddle.
  3. Pour in ingredients in the following sequence – milk, condensed milk, butter, salt, bread flour and instant yeast.
  4. Wipe spillage outside the bread pan, if any.
  5. Return bread pan into the bread machine and close the lid.
  6. Choose setting (Dough) and press START.
  7. Wait for the bread machine to finish all cycles before removing the dough from the bread machine after it was done with first stage proofing.
  8. Divide the dough into three equal pieces, shape them into balls and let them rest for at least 10 minutes.
  9. Using a slightly floured rolling pin, flatten the dough and roll them into log shape. Place three rolled dough with the seams facing down into a slightly greased Pullman tin and leave them in a warm place for second stage proofing until it reaches about 95% height of the Pullman tin.
  10. Cover the Pullman tin with the lid (slightly greased) and bake in a preheated oven of 180 degree Celsius for 25 minutes or until the bread is thoroughly baked.
  11. Remove bread from the Pullman tin immediately and leave to cool on a cooling rack before slicing.

I tried slicing the bread when it was still slightly warm and it was almost impossible as the bread was unable to hold the shape properly. So, I left it to cool completely until I came home after dinner. Thank goodness I managed to slice them quite evenly.

Mom mentioned that the bread had a strong scent of condensed milk. Dad said it had tearing streaky effect. LOL! Texture wise, it was extremely soft and taste great that you could eat it plain without any spread or filling.

All in all, I am satisfied with my bake this time round despite the dough was slightly hard to manage when I was trying to shape them for resting.

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 

29052017 / infinitea X I Say Yatta!

It was Sister’s last day at home before returning to Shanghai next day. So, I took off from work earlier than usual to have dinner with her and Jennifer. Sister wanted to eat light but craving for Thai Milk Tea since the day before. She wanted to go ChaTraMue for her Thai Milk Tea fix but it was out of the way last Sunday.

She then decided that infinitea would suffice despite not being Thai Milk Tea. LOL! And that was how we ended up at infinitea X I Say Yatta! last Monday evening. The cafe was surprisingly not as crowded as I expected given that it was Sungkai time.

The lighting was not that great from where I sat and I was not able to adjust the tones of my pictures. So, that explained why they looked rather reddish in color. But in my defense, the cafe has quite a bit of red lighting. So, I guess that could be one of the factors which contributed to my red colored pictures? LOL!

Chicken Onion Leek | B$1.80/stick

Salmon Poke | B$7.90

raw salmon marinated in wasabi, sriracha and sweet sauce topped with furikake and served with Japanese rice

Yoshi Chicken | B$5.90

crispy chicken topped with Japanese tartar sauce and served with Japanese rice

Curry Tori Karaage | B$6.90

Japanese crispy chicken topped with special curry sauce and served with Japanese rice

I recalled seeing from their Instagram profile that they had Curry Tori Karaage served with udon noodles as well but it was nowhere found on their menu. Sister and Jennifer claimed that I should have asked if I wanted to have it with udon noodles but I decided to go for Japanese rice in case their udon noodles were not cooked to my liking.

The Japanese crispy chickens were nice but the special curry sauce was slightly too sweet for my liking. However, the special curry sauce went extremely well with the Japanese rice.

infinitea X I Say Yatta!
Unit 22, Block B,
Regent Square,
Simpang: 150,
Kampung Kiarong,
Bandar Seri Begawan, BE1318,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2424222