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BTC Bistro Restaurant & Catering

The BTC Group Berhad is no stranger when it comes to textile as they’re quite synonymous to the business. But not everyone may know (especially if you’re living outside of Kota Kinabalu) that BTC has also ventured into other businesses that include restaurants and providing catering services (just to name a few). So when we heard (or more precisely saw their well placed banners all over town) that they’d opened a branch in Tawau (situated within the old Sabindo town area, right at the backside of their textile shops) me and my partner decided to stopped by one evening for dinner.

Feeling a bit apprehensive as we made our way into their upscale looking restaurant (as it was practically empty during said time), we nevertheless decided to soldiered on and ordered some cuisines right off their menu. My partner decided upon their Nasi Goreng USA (to which he said that it was tasty but a bit spicy) plus some Roti Canai while I opted for their Nasi Goreng Mamak (yummy and well seasoned). I’d also checked out their selection of pre-cooked items from their display trays and upon recommendation by the staff, decided to give their Peria Berempah (Spiced Bitter Gourd) a go. Mind you, I never like eating that particular vegetable before but the dish did looked appealing in my opinion (or maybe because I was just greedy) so finally I said why not. And may I say that I definitely did not regret it since it tasted delicious as the spices had covered most of the bitter gourd’s bitter taste. I’m definitely a fan of their version of the latter now!

Next we have…

Food – 4/5 (they’d definitely uphold their reputation)
Price – 3/5 (fairly reasonable for such a well-known establishment)
Service – 4/5 (very good and friendly)
Décor – 4/5 (all I can is that they did folk out a substantial budget to make the place look good and really comfortable)
Location – 4/5 (they’re also visible from the Traulsen Highway)

** Current status – Still in operation (as of February 2018) 








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CaCa Patisserie

I would be lying if I said that this cosy looking place did not intrigued me the moment I’d laid my eyes on them at the 1Arena commercial area (the in-famous single row shop lot right next to Giant Hypermarket). But a quick search on the internet (specifically their FB page) puts me in somewhat a dilemma. You see, they’re originally a shop that specializes in baking custom made cakes and pastries, as well as selling good quality baking goods. So initially I had no real reason to be there until a few months ago when they’d suddenly had an epiphany and decided that it’s finally time for them to renovate some part of their shop into a café as well.

So as I was cruising around the area solo one hot evening (sometime before Xmas no less), I finally decided that it was time for some relaxing tea break. As I made my way to the front of their display case, I found myself slightly umm… disappointed. I mean, the variety was nothing to complain about as there were definitely plenty of choices to go around. I guess what disheartened me was when I took a look at the size of their cakes, as almost all of them were quite small. I ate two of those (the Super Dark Chocolate cake & Almond Latte Mousse Cake – both tasted above average at best) and I was seriously thinking of ordering another slice soon afterwards but decided against it in the end. But then again, the price for the cakes (apart from their brownies) was just RM9.00 each so I shouldn’t be complaining much either right? It was probably because I was expecting more since they did produced lovely looking custom made cakes (judging from their FB of course). I also had their chamomile tea to wash off the sweetness away. The beverage was pretty plain but still adequate.

Nevertheless…

Food – 3/5 (too high of an expectation on my part)
Price – 3/5 (still pretty affordable)
Service – 4/5 (the staff were a quiet bunch but efficient)
Décor – 4/5 (definitely a place for people to have a good coffee or tea break)
Location – 4/5 (they’re in the same row as Arteasan)

** Current status – Still in operation (as of February 2018) 








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Tawau Kopitiam

I have been meaning to stop by this place for awhile now but there seems to be a lot of people crowding the eatery especially during night time (which in turn, turns me off from going there). Granted, it is one of the more well-known eateries in Tawau for people to hang out after work, what with its biker inspired décor (that may be due to the fact that the owner is a hardcore biker himself). But my partner was adamant in going there one night so I’m all for it. By the way, the restaurant is situated (and visible) near the main entrance road leading into Fajar Complex.

We were quite impressed to discover that the restaurant provided a wide range of food and drinks, most notably (from social media of course) their Ice Coconut Blend. I’ve ordered said drink and I must say that I heart it now. The ratio of the coconut juice and condensed milk were just right and that combination had produced a delicious tasting drink. My partner tried out their Nasi Goreng Lalap Ikan and he said that everything on the plate were very palatable. As I was not too hungry during our stopover, I’d only eaten their (tiny) pre-packed Nasi Lemak (it was just okay) and some Chicken Satays (very succulent as it’d been marinated beforehand).

Furthermore…

Food – 4/5 (surprisingly pretty satisfying overall)
Price – 3/5 (still within a respectable, mid-range level)
Service – 3/5 (so far so good but I’ve heard a few not so good things regarding their waitresses)
Décor – 4/5 (I just loved seeing the renovated mini van cooking western dishes just outside of said premise)
Location – 4/5 (very strategically located right in front of a newly opened hotel named Eden Boutique Hotel)

** Current status – Still in operation (as of February 2018) 








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Kedai Kopi Yuan Yuan

My goodness… There aren't any other eateries in Tawau that is as (to quote Barney Stinson from HIMYM) ‘legen… wait for it… dary’ as this place. Prominent food bloggers from various places have made their journey to this unassuming eatery (located at the front row of shops within the Taman Megah commercial area) just to get a taste of their ever popular soto dishes. And I’m not even exaggerating when I say that it’s a waiting game when it comes to dining there since most of the time, the place is packed with customers. But I do like the fact that most of the patrons were very understanding and doesn’t mind sharing their tables with other people (which is unavoidable most of the time anyway).

And that is exactly what had happened to me and my mom when we decided that it was finally our time and braved the notoriously crowded eatery ourselves. After waiting for less than a minute, we got lucky and managed to share a table with this friendly Chinese couple and ordered up. Mind you, the place is well known for their breakfast cum brunch staple (that is the soto) so unfortunately they aren’t any other choices of food should you’re not that into the latter. But they do have an extensive choice of ingredients for their soto so I’m sure you’ll find something that you might like. In our case, my mom had ordered their Seafood Soto (of prawns & fish slices) while I’d gone for their Kon Lo Men + Chicken Soto combo instead. And after finishing our meals, I must say that we’re definitely not disappointed. The soto broth was well balanced and saporous, with a generous amount of ingredients being put into each bowl. Their dish is definitely up there when it comes to the best soto in town but I do need to disagree when it comes to their sambal though. A few bloggers has mentioned their somewhat delicious sambal but it was just ordinary tasting for me. But then again, do try them out for yourselves to see whether or not you agree with me.

Other than that…

Food – 4/5 (will definitely stop by again – at the right time of course)
Price – 4/5 (still very affordable and mid-range despite the GSTs)
Service – 5/5 (they’re very fast & efficient when we were there so kudos to the staff)
Décor – 3/5 (just your ordinary looking kedai kopi)
Location – 3/5 (they're also very near to a bakery called Sweet Secret Bakery)

** Current status – Still in operation (as of February 2018) 








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