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Restoran Selera Rasa

Let me tell you guys a funny story of my previous visit to this place several years back. Me and my partner were dining at the Malay establishment (located within the Ba Zhong commercial area, in front of the ABX courier office) when it finally came time to pay the bill. There was nothing extraordinary about the amount that we had to pay as they were pretty standard and reasonable for these types of restaurants. What was embarrassing however was when I opened my wallet and realized that I had used up my money to shop elsewhere hence I was staring at an almost empty content. As I whispered to my partner and found out that he too did not have enough cash at that time, we sheepishly had to inform the waitress of our predicament as my partner dashed to a nearby ATM (which was not that far away but felt very far for me who was forced to wait for him at the restaurant alone). Needless to say, we never went back to the place up until recently (and made sure that we have enough on-hand cash before stepping into any eateries of course).

As far as I can recall, their menu did not differ much from when we had ‘the incident’. We were there for lunch one day (this was right before the fasting month) and discovered that they still serve various types of soupy dishes (as evident in my partner’s Sup Tulang) as well as pre-cooked food. The food that we had were satisfactory and palatable but nothing much to comment beyond that. Overall, a very tasty but normal meal for us. But they do have other cooked-to-order dishes for you guys to try out so why not give them a try.

** Current status – Still in operation (as of May 2019) 







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Mother's Day Special 2019

Since I still have no idea what to blog about regarding the fasting season (got any ideas?) I might as well post about this year’s Mother’s Day that coincidentally falls in the middle of the same month. We usually had a low-key dinner to celebrate the event but this year I thought it would be fun to try out one of the special offers specifically catered for that day. And after going through a bunch of them online (it seems that not many places offer them this year; maybe due to the clashing ‘break fast’ offers) I decided to bring my dear mother to this ritzy looking buffet at the Calvary Crown building (yup, that interesting looking tall building visible from the Sin Onn roundabout and right next to the Calvary Church).

Yes, I did wonder about the building for the longest time and since this is the perfect excuse for me to actually go into it, I wasted no time in doing so. I really wanted to explore the so-called rooftop (on the 11th floor) that I kept hearing about from other people but just my luck, I was assigned a table on their main ballroom instead (on the 10th floor). I did thought of just going up there on my own for some photos but got overwhelmingly shy so I regrettably decided not to. Oh well, next time maybe (sob sob…). And just so you guys know, the place is open for booking for any types of function and houses an international school & a café on separate floors.


So onto the actual buffet yes? There were tons of Chinese dishes, western dishes as well as desserts line up for us to choose and I personally think that it was worth the RM55 per adult that we’d paid for. The dishes were delicious, with my personal favourite being their mini chocolate tarts. Their chicken soup was also very memorable since it was not too creamy and has just the right amount of herbs and spices splash into them. My mother was already talking about going there next year so you can imagine just how satisfied she is. Anyway, HAPPY (belated) MOTHER’S DAY to all mothers out there… 

*What could have been (sob.. sob..). Picture credit goes to their FB page

*Yup, we were given ticket upon entry & payment (but no door gift? I did see some roses lying around but nobody gave it to my mom so...)



*The overall view of the place...



... their buffet tables...





.... and what we actually ate :-)

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Cahayanila Cafe

This year I do not have anything special line up for my annual Ramadan post, so I decided to just go with the flow and see what comes to mind during this fasting month. So I’ll start off with this relatively new café, located on the 1st floor of a commercial building in the Fajar Complex area (right behind the PTPTN branch to be exact, on top of a Vivo/Oppo smartphone shop). I admit that if it wasn’t for a promotional post about their Ramadan buffet in some FB page, I won’t even know that they’d existed in the first place. It’s mainly due to the somewhat non-strategic area (as the stairs going up to their place is somewhat hidden in an alley in between the building) and no visible signage. But the food that they’ve prepared was quite good as they went for the one-main-dish-per-day concept (and it was Nasi Kuning during our visit). Granted, the pre-cooked buffet was limited in terms of choices but at RM12.00 per adult, I still think that they were okay. Not outstanding or anything but still very satisfying.

** Current status – Still in operation (as of May 2019) 











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Centre Cafe

Yes, I do realized that it might not be the most appropriate thing to post about a breakfast joint during the start of the Ramadan month. But then again, this has been sitting inside my laptop for a while now so I thought that I might as well put them out while I have the chance. Located right in front of the Guardian store at Fajar Complex (on the same row as Neela Cafe), the café only opens during the day because they mainly serve dishes suitable for breakfast and brunch. Me and my partner were there quite early that day so you can probably see our choices of pre-cooked food below. Taste-wise; nothing too distinctive but still very filling. The price was pretty reasonable as well so that might explain the gathering crowd every morning.

** Current status – Still in operation (as of May 2019) 

(P/S: Sorry for the weird positioning of some the pics as the place has a rather small space & I was sitting at a very nonstrategic place as well) 






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Old House Cafe

Formerly known as Rumah Lama Cafe (yup, now the literal English translation of its previous name), the place has seen a revamp of sorts (and possibly a new owner maybe?) and that warrants a second visit to the eatery. Located at Jalan Masjid (near to a couple of car washes and also a Michelin tyre store) it is more spacious and chill than before; with the choices of food has also been expanded  One of the contributing factors for the latter might be because they have now opened a few spots for outside food vendors to rent. And after going through their menu, me and my partner decided to try out some Grilled Chicken Burger and Nasi Goreng Seafood (if I’m not mistaken since I can’t seem to recall the exact names of said dishes). The former was from a western food stall and the chicken patty was tender enough but nothing to shout about. My partner said that his dish was actually quite tasteful despite the very plain look so I’m just going to take his word for it. Also, we’d managed to squeeze in some satays as well and it was flavourful but again, not that memorable I’m afraid.

** Current status – Still in operation (as of April 2019) 








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Warung D'Klate

Personally, I’m a huge fan of Nasi Kerabu so when we went passed the Ba Zhong commercial area and saw this establishment (they’re on the same row as Bank Rakyat) I wasted no time in dragging my partner to their place one afternoon. Sadly, it turns out to be a poor choice of timing for us since the eatery was literary packed with patrons for lunch. Even though the eatery provided pots (yup, actual big silver pots that we usually see during ‘kenduris’ and such) of delicious looking ‘lauk pauk’ to go with either white rice or the Nasi Kerabu blue rice, it was almost cleared out by the time we were there (which was only approaching noon mind you). But since we’re already there, we might as well take whatever that was available and tried out their Nasi Campur and Nasi Kerabu. Both of us agreed that the lauk were yummy; a reminiscent of traditional kampong cooking no doubt. I also spotted the Kuih Akok (a traditional Kelantanese pastry outsourced to Cakes & Co) near to the cashier counter and decided to take a packet home with me since I was always curious about their taste. It was sweeter than I’ve imagined but I do admit that it was very addictive as well. The taste is similar to that of a caramel cake so it definitely my type of snack.

** Current status – Still in operation (as of April 2019) 







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Fook Yuen Darvel Bay Plaza (LD FoodieVenture #1)

On our way back from KK, my partner decided that he needs a break from all those long distance driving and made a pit stop at Lahad Datu (LD). Mind you, it has been years since I last set foot in LD so I was surprise to see the overall development of the small district. What was more surprising (and hilarious to us) was that the first thing that we saw coming into the town area was the Fook Yuen (FY) food chain. I’ve heard rumours that the owner of the aforementioned eatery does not give out the rights to open their branch to just anyone so I’m assuming that this one might at least be opened by a family member. And since we were curious as to whether or not the place looks any different from the ones in KK, we decided to drop by this branch which was located on the ground floor of Darvel Bay Plaza (LD’s current premier shopping mall, as I’ve been told).

Needless to say, we could verify that it is an authentic FY branch and we were both very impressed with the variety of food available, particularly the prawns that my partner had. Taste-wise, everything is up to the usual FY standards (which was both good and satisfying). The only thing that I would like them to take note on was that they did not seem to be using the number-calling system (even though it was available) so we weren’t informed that our drinks were ready. It seems that the staff was ‘busy’ teasing and gossiping with each other to update the patrons of their orders, which is a habit that shouldn’t be taken lightly. 


**Sorry for the angle as this is best that I can do while simultaneously receiving dagger looks from other patrons 😅








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