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Retro Coffee Co

Firstly I would like to apologize for the rather blur-ish main photo for this entry, as it was pouring rain during my exit from the eatery. I’m just clearing that one out just in case you guys thought that I was trying to be artsy or something (which I can assure you that I’m not). I promise that I will try to update the front view picture during my next visit.

I was mainly at the somewhat secluded and tiny cafe (they’re right at the corner of a single row of shops, at the entrance to Taman Setia at Jalan Chong Thien Vun) for their beverages but was a bit surprised to find that the place also served delectable looking food and other munchies (courtesy of an adjoining kitchen called Sweet In). But since me and my partner had already taken our breakfast, we opted for something ‘lighter’ such as their pre-packed Nasi Lemak and Fried Mee Hoon (well… at least it was light to us). And may I say that the Nasi Lemak that I had was superb in terms of taste. I just loved the yummy coconut induced rice as it was both rich and fragrant. Also the Chocolate Milk Cup that I had (sans the cream on top to maximize the quantity of said drink) was very smooth and delicious as well, much like the Chrysanthemum Tea that my partner had. I’ll most definitely be repeating my visit in the future; if only we can find a parking spot as the area has very limited parking space especially during the day.  

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

*Sorry guys... this is the pic that I've taken outside of the cafe...

... versus what it was suppose to look like (credit goes to Ken Wong









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Four Seasons Restaurant @ Fajar Club

I was craving for some dim sum when I coincidentally stumbled upon an ad for the Four Seasons Chinese restaurant, located on the 2nd floor of the Fajar Club. The serve no pork restaurant is open to the general public for dining and such so I’ve managed to convince both my partner and mom to accompanied me to said place (and it was on me of course so… my wallet is 😭😭 ).

The banquet style restaurant (yes, they do provide a huge area for any occasion) mainly offers Chinese cuisine. We sheepishly took our seats (as we felt that we were somewhat underdressed for the place) but the waiters and waitresses were actually very friendly and approachable so that eases our hearts a bit. Obviously I’d ordered a couple of their Cantonese dim sum selection such as the Siu Mai, Steamed Fish Balls, Vegetarian Dumplings, Mini Egg Tarts and Osmanthus Honey Cakes (the latter was downright my favourite) together with some Vegetarian Fried Mee Hoon while my mom and partner were more interested in their lunch sets (as we were there around brunch time anyway); the Special Fried Noodles with Chinese Style Chicken Chop and Assorted Mushrooms with Chicken Rice respectively. Do be warned though that the kitchen staff might take some time to get your orders ready especially during peak hours (such as lunch and dinner times). The lunch sets that I’ve mentioned above took more than half an hour to arrived so if you’re in a hurry, this is definitely not that place for you.

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















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Boost Juice Bar

As a non-milk tea enthusiast (and there seems to be a minority of us left here in good old Tawau) I was a bit excited to try out this fruitier (and not to mention healthier) option when they finally opened a branch here in the Kubota Sentral commercial area. And yes, I’ve passed by several of their kiosks whenever I was in KK but had never actually taken them on yet. So when I was within the area for other business recently, I decided check them out. Needless to say, I took my sweet time going through their extensive menu (and shout out to the cashier for being very patient with my seemingly endless questions) and finally decided upon their Red Royale and Berry Crush drink for my mom. While I did take a sip at the latter and it tasted pretty good and refreshing, the same cannot be said about the former. Although it might be blended with some of my favourite ingredients (such as apples, bananas and coconut water, just to name a few), the overall taste feels weird on my tongue and it was sourer than I thought it would be. But I’m still curious in checking out their other offerings so I might be coming back again in the future to give them another go.  

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





*FYI, on the left is the Berry Crush drink while the other is my Red Royale. Sorry for not taking any pics of the insides of said drinks

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Xiongfeng Restaurant

Since I can’t really read Chinese (I blame my parents for that) and Google directly translated their name as ‘Xiongfeng Air-Conditioned Restaurant’, I’m just going to go with the flow so I do apologize beforehand should I got their name wrong. But one thing’s for sure is that they’re located within the Unijaya commercial area, directly facing the S&P Coffee café. FYI, the place was once a Japanese eatery so some of the original decor remains intact and can still be seen within the premise. 

Me and my mom had first discovered the place mainly because they were the only one that had stayed opened during a long public holiday (and we were coincidentally shopping for some stuff in a nearby supermarket) as well as my mom’s fondness for Chinese cuisine. So we’ve tried their Thai Style Fried Noodles and Mix-Vegetable Rice on our maiden visit and was impressed enough with their cooking to stopped by their eatery again fairly recently. This time, we’ve ordered their Home Style Fried Rice and Nyonya Slice Fish Rice, together with their Stir Fried Broccoli Mushrooms dish. All dishes were delicious and served piping hot so we were thoroughly satisfied with their food and overall service.  Also, the restaurant is a non-halal establishment so do take note of that. 

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









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Pak Ali Nasi Kukus

Even though there seems to be quite a few Kelantanese eateries that had popped up all around Tawau as of late, me and my partner usually found ourselves coming back to this place as they’re arguably the first to open and had successfully managed to maintain their business till now. In fact, their food is very popular amongst locals that they’d recently opened a branch in Taman Unipark Jalan Utara, in addition to their original location which is at the Perdana Jaya commercial area, behind Giant Hypermarket.

While their main menu usually consists of the Nasi Kukus (obviously), Nasi Kerabu and Laksam, they do provide pre-cooked dishes for you to add on to your existing order. Customers were permitted to scoop up their own lauk pauk but do be warn though that pricing might vary according to the type and quantity of your dish. Even then the price can be a bit inconsistent and differs from time to time, so the management needs to take note of the situation. Also, one or two of the waitresses seems to be a bit dismissive and sometimes even flat out ignored you should you call for them. Again, a problem that should be looked into by the owner of said establishment. But other than that, their food were definitely one of the best ‘pantai timur’ food that I’ve had the privileged to taste locally so I’m still recommending them to everyone especially for lunch.

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

*These are pics of their Perdana Jaya main branch...




*... and these are pics of their new Taman Unipark branch





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Mee Tarik - Chinese Muslim Food

Let me put it this way; the moment this eatery open its doors to the public just over a month ago, it was quickly flooded with customers. And that goes on for a few more weeks before I even dared to set foot inside the new establishment. One of the main factors might be that it was located at a very strategic place (they’re right in the middle of the Fajar Complex, on the same building as the Big Apple Donuts & Coffee branch & visible from one of two round-a-bouts within the area). And I’m not too sure whether this is a branch of the ones that are available in KK but they do have Mainland Chinese originated cooks in charge of their kitchen (and ‘mee tarik’).

Me and my family had visited the place twice now and the first time we were there, they only have the Chicken/ Beef Soup Ramen available for ordering (as the crowd was still a bit too much for the kitchen staff to handle at said time). It was disappointing but nevertheless we went ahead with our second visit recently and thankfully their other menu has finally been fully offered (well, maybe 95% of it as a few of the items were still not available). We were initially confused with their menu as everything seems to be paired up with beef, but after a quick chat with the barely there waitresses, we discovered that you actually have the option to change the latter with other ingredients such as chicken, lamb and seafood. So we tried their Lan Zhou Fried Rice, Thai Style Fried Rice, Braised Chicken Rice, Fried Potato & Chicken with Noodles and Mushroom Chicken with Rice. The overall tastes of the aforementioned dishes were quite good but what was amusing about them was that almost all of it used the same style (and sauce?) of cooking so it looked and tasted similar to one another.

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














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