01102017 / Genki Teppanyaki & Restaurant

Mom and I went out for dinner on Sunday evening after coming back from Miri. We intended to order some takeaways after lunch but decided that we would eat out since Mom wanted to get some errands done at the bank. She needed to go Baiduri Bank so I chose the Times Square branch since there were quite a number of food places inside the shopping mall.

After having our errands done at Baiduri Bank, we headed for dinner. I suggested All Seasons Restaurant as Mom is more of a Chinese cuisine person than any other cuisines. However, she declined the suggestion. So, I suggested Excapade Sushi instead which she happily agreed. Unfortunately, the queue outside Excapade Sushi was long.

I was already starving at the time so off we headed to Genki Teppanyaki & Restaurant as it was the only Japanese restaurant after Excapade Sushi in the area. I think Mom liked Genki better than Excapade Sushi. LOL! There weren’t much rice dishes to choose from at Genki. I remembered they were serving Tori Katsu Don previously but it was no longer available on the menu. I wonder if it was only available upon request.

Takoyaki (Original) | B$1.80

Takoyaki was one of their recent menu addition. They were serving it in five different flavors – spicy, wasabi, original, goma and carpacio. A portion comes in three pieces. I was intrigued to try the spicy flavor but Mom is not much of a spicy eater. So, I went for the safest option which was the original. The texture of the Takoyaki was good enough for my liking but the squid filled inside was rather tough though.

Scallop Teppan Set | B$9.80

Mom had this since there weren’t much options which she could choose from the menu. I suggested Salmon Teppan Set but she wasn’t keen. She chose Scallop Teppan Set and commented that the stir fry vegetables was good but the scallops were tough.

Chicken Teppan Set | B$7.80

I had Chicken Teppan Set so that I could share some with Mom. The stir fry vegetables were as good as Mom commented. You could choose between two different sauces for the meat – teriyaki or black pepper. I remembered having the latter on my first visit and I didn’t like it. So, I had teriyaki this time round and it was good.

All Teppan set came with complimentary Miso soup and fruit slices. The Miso soup was as good as I remembered.

Genki Teppanyaki & Restaurant
38, Ground Floor,
Citis Square,
Mukim Berakas A,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2332118

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10092017 / Kaizen Sushi Waterfront

It rained the entire yesterday evening until early this morning. The weather had been cooling that it felt chilly when staying indoor. When it was blazing hot outside, we complain and it goes the same when it was chilly. LOL!

Despite Mom was back from Kuching, I woke time on time this morning to fry some chicken drumsticks with the Mayer airFryer. I taught Mom how to use the Mayer airFryer so that she can use it to airfry fishes. The chicken drumsticks were cooked alright with the airFryer but the seasoning wasn’t that nice air fried as compared to deep oil fried. Perhaps I should alter a bit of the seasoning and come up with my own version next time?

I had found another recipe for Airfried Buttermilk Crispy Chicken recently. I had seen recipes for Buttermilk Crispy Chicken before but never thought of attempting it. However, I am thinking of getting a small pack of buttermilk from Supa Save to attempt the recipe. I thought of attempting Airfried Roast Pork/Sio Bak by Budgetpantry. However, the latter will wait until I got hold of the right cut of meat and cooking wine as well.

Jennifer and I arranged to meet for a quick lunch last Sunday afternoon after she finishes work but she got caught up with some last minute work. So, we cancelled the lunch arrangement on short notice. I had already left home at the time when she called me up so I thought I would just have lunch on my own.

I had lunch at Kaizen Sushi Waterfront as my plan of the day apart from lunch date with Jennifer was to get manicure, pedicure and eyebrow threading at my usual salon spot.

Tori Katsu Curry Udon (Soba) | B$10.80

I was craving for a piping hot Japanese curry. Instead of having udon, I opted for soba as I liked it better than udon. The curry broth can be a comfort food on a cold rainy day.

Kaizen Sushi Waterfront
Block G, First Floor,
Yayasan Complex,
Jalan McArthur,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2226336

08082017 / Ajisen Ramen, Miri

My idea of lunch place for the day was Taiwan Cafe located around Boulevard area as per recommendation by one of my Mirian friends. However, I chose to ask another Mirian friend for his opinion prior to going. According to my friend, Taiwan Cafe has more choices for fried snacks than main course. After hearing such comment, I decided not to try out the place as Mom could not eat much fried food.

It suddenly struck me to bring her to Ajisen Ramen as Sister once told me that Mom loves pork broth ramen and the only place which serves the kind of ramen she likes is Ajisen Ramen. We did a bit of grocery shopping at Boulevard Hypermarket before heading to Ajisen Ramen. It was raining when we were about to exit the building. Thankfully, we came prepared with umbrellas.

Cha-Su Ramen | RM16.85

Mom and my colleague shared this bowl of Cha-Su Ramen as my colleague said she was still full with the coffee and cake from Cake Rush.

Curry Tonkatsu Set | RM16.85

I had this for myself as I do not feel like having ramen. You can choose between pork or chicken for this dish and green tea came complimentary with this rice dish set. All in all, this was a tummy filling dish but I find the pork cutlets to be overcooked in my opinion.

Verdict: The customer service was good in my opinion. My colleague was sweating buckets when we were there. I think their air-condition was not functioning properly or they did not switch on all units.

There was a leakage in the female washroom. I felt water dripping onto my head while in the toilet and only to find that there was a leakage on top of my head. I had given my feedback while paying for my food. The Cashier apologized and she informed me that she will make sure that the leakage in the washroom will be sorted out.

P/S: All prices are inclusive of GST charges.

Ajisen Ramen
Lot 2410, Ground Floor,
Boulevard Commercial Centre,
Block 5, MLCD,
98000, Miri,
Sarawak,
Malaysia
Tel: +6-085413292

26072017 / Excapade Shokudo

I requested for an early shift off work last Wednesday. Dad was not at home in the evening. So, I thought maybe I should head home early to do the laundry as majority of my work clothes require separation when washing to avoid them bleaching each other. Mom had accidentally “destroyed” my GAP skirt with partial blue stains from my denim jeans.

I intended to order takeaway in the first place as I thought the restaurant would be full as it was about payday period. However, the restaurant was surprisingly vacant with a table of family only. So, I resorted to in dining and caught up with a couple episodes of the Legal Mavericks while having dinner. It was a pure bliss to watch drama series while having dinner. LOL!

Salmon Salad | B$7

This is my current go to dish if I am trying to eat clean. I had been trying to eat clean as much as I could as I could feel the weight gain after my recent Singapore trip. Their salad dishes come with four dressing options and I always go for their Miso dressing without hesitation. I have yet try the remaining three dressings but I would like to try their Goma dressing next time.

Tori Katsu Maki | B$3.20

I ordered a side of Tori Katsu Maki as I needed my carbs for dinner. The rice was rather overcooked in my opinion. And guess what? The Tori Katsu Maki paired extremely well with the Miso dressing from my Salmon Salad. I wondered if Snofood is selling Miso dressing. Does anyone here has seen Miso dressing at Snofood?

Excapade Shokudo
5, Ground Floor,
Block A, Bangunan Desa Delima,
Jalan Muara,
Kampung Pancha Delima,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2335512

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