Food Central Fajar

If you’re a regular at the Food Central eatery right in front of McDonalds, then there’s a chance that you’ve also tried out their brand new branch at Fajar Complex Tawau as well. It’s just recently opened and already it’s somewhat the place to hang out due to its strategic location and variety of food. When we recently went there, we tried out their new-on-the-menu Nasi Lemak Kelantan (which was pretty good but looked suspiciously similar to a Nasi Ayam Penyet dish) while my partner ordered their Nasi Lemak King (also tasted lovely but with a ‘kickingly’ spicy sambal). We also got ourselves some fried popias & fried wontons and both tasted just okay in my opinion but my partner still loves them.

Now moving on…

Food – 4/5 (pretty good for the Nasi Lemaks but just okay for the others)
Price – 3/5 (medium I guess, it’s pretty similar to the main Food Central’s prices)
Service – 4/5 (they’re fast on their feet so no problems here)
Décor – 4/5 (absolutely love their laid back but very modern look)
Location – 4/5 (it’s strategically located in font of Cimb Bank at Fajar Complex)

** Current status – Has been closed (as of February 2018)

Updated on 29/12/2016 - My parents and I stopped by this place recently and noticed that their menu have somewhat expanded, so we tried out their Nasi Lemak 'Bakar' Ayam Masak Merah and also their Kung Pao Chicken Claypot Rice and both were pretty good. My dad also tried this really nice looking (and tasting) Nasi Padang Ayam.

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Kedai Kopi Ingat

After several weeks (yup, I’m not kidding) of Hari Raya celebration, my stomach has finally given up of all those rendangs and buras (you guys from Tawau know what I’m taking about) and is now craving for something different. So after much discussion with the parents, we decided to go to another one of our usual spots, sandwich in between rows of low-to-medium budget hotels in Fajar Complex Tawau. We like the fact that the place is very lay back, as it is your typical kedai kopi establishment, but with good food. And it’s also because it’s one of the places that had opened after the third day of the Hari Raya celebration. We ordered our usual, several of them being Sliced Fish with Curry (my personal favourite – it’s just divine!), Ginger Fish (one of mom’s favourites) Stir Fried Mix Vegetables and Mix Vegetable in Claypot (or something).

Other than that…

Food – 4/5 (very fast, efficient & delicious)
Price – 4/5 (still very reasonable in my books)
Service – 3/5 (pretty swift but because of that, the owner tend to leave to pass down your order, even before you finish ordering – and this is not a joke)
Décor – 3/5 (nothing note worthy, it’s your typical kedai kopi)
Location – 4/5 (it’s at the ‘hotel row’ in the heart of Fajar Complex)

** Current status – Still in operation (as of July 2015)

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Buffet Ramadhan Roundup (2015 Edition) Part 2

And here’s a couple more Ramadhan buffet roundup for you guys…

Marco Polo Hotel
RM40 (adults) RM20 (children)
~ has a habit of getting the dishes out a bit late (same problem as last year)
~ refills were done but with a different dish than before
~ food choices not as wide as hoped & tasted so-so
~ beverages has almost no taste
~ favourites includes Puddings, Fried Bee Hoon, Fried Ube, Bee Hoon Soup

King Park Hotel
RM30 (adults) RM15 (children)
~ the least in terms of choices of food available among all hotels
~ but also the cheapest & most popular this year
~ does not refill after food has finished
~ favourites includes Chocolate Coated Pastry, Fruit Punch, Chicken Rice

De Choice Hotel
RM33 (adults) RM25 (children)
~ seating area were limited so prior booking is required
~ food choices were pretty similar to that of MB Hotel but with more seafood dishes
~ drinks were particularly sweet (they prepared the beverages with sugar in advance – particularly their tea & coffee)

~ favourites includes Chocolate Pudding, Local Kuihs, Fried Bee Hoon, Tom Yum Soup

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Buffet Ramadhan Roundup (2015 Edition) Part 1

As any food enthusiasts would tell you, the Ramadhan month is also the time when hotels take advantage of the season and prepared various buffet packages for patrons to try out. Below are a few buffets that I’ve manage to ‘visit’ this year (in no particular order of course)…

MB Hotel
RM36 (adults) RM23 (children)
~ café was well decorated but somewhat darkly lit
~ food was so-so in terms of taste (looks good but tasted so-so)
~ staff watching you like a hawk (which can make you feel a bit uncomfortable)
~ favourites includes Local Keropok, Mini Tarts, Grilled Fish

Shervinton Hotel
RM40 (adults) RM20 (children)
~ limited choices of food but tasted very nice
~ has a weird rule – patrons need to pay a deposit when booking a place
~ there’s also a do-it-yourself ABC machine which was fun to use
~ favourites includes Ayam Masak Merah, Daging Rendang, Fried Popia, Fresh Cream Cake

Promenade Hotel
RM68 (adults) RM35 (children)
~ price is the highest in Tawau
~ but with a huge variety of food & refills were swiftly done
~ staff was also very attentive

~ favourites includes Lemang + Serunding, Assorted Pastries & Cakes, Local Kuihs, Laksa

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Javanese Bay Cafe

Again due to my own negligence, I just came to realize recently that I haven’t put out a review for an eatery that is unfortunately closed now. But it’s such a waste to just leave such materials lying quietly within this laptop of mine now, is it not? Huhuhu…

~ it is formerly located on the Lower Ground of Eastern Plaza Tawau, right next to the One Bucks eatery (now their place has also been taken over by the latter)
~ food was pretty good actually but I do understand that since their menu were quite similar to those next door (which unfortunately was more popular) they probably got caught up in the competition and decided to bow out
~ have seen a stall bearing similar name somewhere in Mile 2 Apas Road but not too sure about this though
~ meals that we had tried out includes chicken burger, fried lekor, cheesy wedges.

** Current status – Has been closed (as of July 2015)   

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