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Payau House

I was a bit reluctant to go to this eatery despite passing by them several times at the far end of Fajar Complex (where Kampis Cafe used to be) because I initially thought that they only sell payau dishes (deer in Sabah). As I cannot take red meat due to health reasons, I avoid going there until my partner (who has no problems with meat whatsoever) insisted upon trying them out one day. Thankfully, my assumptions were proven incorrect as they do provide other non-payau based meals within their menu. My partner obviously went for their Sup Daging Payau with Rice and he said that they were quite good but a little too salty for his liking. I opted for a safer choice which was the Fried Chicken Meehoon and it was okay at best. I was also very surprised to find something familiar when my eyes caught the sight of a small, pinkish freezer in the corner of said eatery. I sneaked a peek and discovered that it was indeed KK based Kak Kiah Cake House baked products. Man… They sure have come a long way (literally) from just opening a simple bakery huh? Since the choices for their ‘frozen cakes’ were quite limited (as most of them seems to be sold out) I finally picked out a chocolate looking cake (sorry, I have no idea what it was actually called) and it was surprisingly tasty and moist despite being in a freezer for quite sometime. Highly recommended for cakes lovers to try them out (while stock last I guess).

** Current status – Still in operation (as of Feb 2020) 










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CC Cafe

After participating in a very satisfying Mother's Day celebration dinner hosted by this eatery last year, me and my partner decided to try out their regular café just to see whether the food standard is consistent. Plus, we just wanted an excuse to be able to explore the Calvary Crown building and well… take a few selfies along the way (guilty as charge!). Located on the ground floor of said building (they’re a part of the Calvary Church administration) within Taman Setia at Jalan Chong Thien Vun, the fully air-conditioned cafe is more spacious than I initially thought it would be.

Their menu consists of mainly Western dishes but with ample Asian choices as well. We had their Aglio Olio with Grilled Chicken Slices and Bruschetta Chicken Chop as our mains and both were delicious. I also cannot possibly pass up the chance to sample their Chocolate Brownies (which tasted nice but nothing to shout about). Prices were also surprisingly affordable although still in the above average range. And I would also like to add that even though I’ve read somewhere beforehand about their slow service, I was fortunate enough not to encounter such problem during my visit. In fact, the waiter that attended to us was very polite and fast on his feet.

** Current status – Still in operation (as of Feb 2020) 










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llaollao

After a slew of bubble tea franchises decided to invade the Kubota Sentral Commercial Centre area in these past few months (with yet another one opening really soon), it is quite refreshing to see something other than that being open as well; say a frozen yogurt franchise perhaps. This popular Spanish born franchise is steadily dominating the froyo scene and we are quite fortunate to have one here in Tawau, right in the middle of the aforementioned commercial area (they’re on the same row as Magic Station). Since me and my partner were sharing a froyo (he’s not exactly a fan of the latter) we decided to try their Sanum variety which consist of 3 choices of fruits (we’d chosen the Mango, Strawberries & Grapes), 2 crunches (the Oreo Crumbs and Crunchballs) and 1 sauce (the Black Chocolate sauce). I would say that the overall taste mostly depends on your choices of fruits since we discovered that we’d made the wrong choices when we’d accidentally pick out all super sour fruits as our mains. So you can probably imagine my face as I take that first bite of an already sour froyo. Simply ‘marvellous’! Also, I’m not too fond of the sauce that we’d picked as well since it was one of those sauces that harden afterwards. Not a good first impression I’m afraid but I’ll probably try different choices of ingredients in the future to see whether I truly like them or not.

** Current status – Still in operation (as of Feb 2020)











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Sthamin Cafe & Katering

If you’re a local then it’s almost impossible for you not to know (or at least heard about) the Sthamin brand. Named after a Malay businessman with a slew of electrical stores before opening a more successful line of eateries (that includes the McDonalds); the aforementioned cafés also boast a very impressively wide menu. Ranging from various local cuisine to delectable snacks and desserts, the restaurants are go-to places especially for Muslim patrons. They have 2 major restaurants thus far (one is located at Sabindo Square while the other right in front of Hotel Emas in the downtown area) so it was unavoidable for us not to try out both premises.

We’ve tried a bunch of their food (as seen below) and almost all were deliciously tastes. The most memorable one is their Ikan Bakar as it comes with a generous amount of sambal and at a very reasonable pricing to boot. Their dim sum and streamed buns (pau) were also pretty good and conveniently available throughout the day. I was also quite surprise to find the Buginese’s buras being sold there as well, as the latter is usually spotted during festive seasons only. But I do like to add that even though both places had swift front staff attending to your needs, their kitchen staff were the exact opposite especially if you come during peak hours so do be warn (as I had to wait for more than 40 minutes for my food not once but twice).

** Current status – Still in operation (as of Feb 2020) 

*FYI below are the pictures from their Sabindo Square branch...







 ... and also from their downtown area branch (right in front of Hotel Emas)












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Cafe 99

Now that we’re back to our regular programming, I would like to bring forward this review since it has actually been sitting inside my pc for a while now. I could practically see cobwebs surrounding it by now (if that were ever possible). Located at Jalan Hotspring (they’re on the single row of shops directly facing the Jabatan Penjara Tawau & right by the entrance to Taman Ehsan) the Chinese run eatery has quite a list of local cuisine as well as popular desserts within their menu. When me and my partner were there (twice if I’m not mistaken) we had tried their Thai Style Fried Rice, Nasi Ikan Kam Heong (I think), Mee Hoon Goreng Lalap, Fried Kuey Teow and Watermelon Shaved Ice. Their food were well seasoned and delicious as far as I can remember but might take longer than expected to arrive on your table especially during dinner time (and there were a lot of customers around). But it is quite understandable since the cook did almost all of the preparation and cooking of their dishes. Their shaved ice was refreshing but not too noteworthy I’m afraid.

** Current status – Still in operation (as of Jan 2020) 









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