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First and foremost...

Thank you so much for visiting this humble blog of mine. I'll try to give you guys some good reviews on the local food & sceneries especially from my hometown (yay Tawau, Sabah) so please bear with me ok 😊

Oh and just so you guys know before proceeding...

a) I never travel abroad - so you won't be seeing any posts outside of our beloved country (yet!)

b) I take all of my pictures with my puny, low megapixeled & outdated smartphone - so no professionally taken photos here as well (sad but true)

c) I never got invited to do a review - so my comments are somewhat unbias (for now)

d) I have this ongoing problem with my internet at home so I can only go online at work - so I'm sorry beforehand for any comments that cannot be reply timely (my bad)

e) I don't mind if you guys wanted to use any of my pictures - just as long as you credit this blog as well ok 👍

Also due to my own carelessness, I've accidentally deleted most of the photos that I've uploaded to Google Album Archive recently. Thankfully I found a way to recover most of them (but not all I'm afraid) albeit in a much lower resolution & quality. So if you view my past posts and there seems to be missing photos from them, I do apologize beforehand for that. I'll try to update them with newer photos should I drop by said places again in the future. So sorry folks... 😢😢😢

So here goes nothing...

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Restoran Sri Keningau

For those that are from Kota Kinabalu, you might be familiar with this particular restaurant as they’d opened a branch in Tawau quite a number of years ago. And as with its KK (and beyond?) counterparts, the restaurant has been well received by Tawaurians. Tons of lunch goers came in droves almost everyday to sample their sizeable variety of lauk pauk for their Nasi Campur (which was their main attraction in my opinion).

Located right in front the Perdana Sports & Recreational Club within the Fajar Complex area, some of the things that we have tried during our multiple visits were their seafood offerings as well as vegetables, chickens, beefs (to which they cook using various Malay and Thai recipes) and not forgetting their ulam-ulaman. The tastes so far were pretty spot on and yummy although in more than one occasion, can be either a little over or undercooked. But their customers (including us) still came back for more so they must be doing something right, right? Service was swift and they do serve other cook-to-order local dishes should you’re not interested in their selection of pre-cooked food.

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







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Steakroni

As with anything new in town, Tawaurians began flocking to the barely 3 weeks old western restaurant like nobody’s business. So obviously that got me curious enough to drop in for dinner with my partner recently. Oh and just so you guys know, they’re situated within the bustling Fajar Complex area (the former spot of several eateries before them), visible from the Tawau branch of CIMB Bank. 

After scanning their (self-service) menu, we initially wanted to try out their burgers but since those items were not available yet, we opted instead for their Classic Carbonara Spaghetti and Grilled Beef Steak. Taste wise, their dishes were actually delicious (albeit watery in the case of the former) but I do have a slight dissatisfaction with their portioning though. I mean, I finished my pasta in less than 2 minutes (I’m not being sarcastic here folks) while my partner noted that his steak feels more like an appetizer rather than a main dish. Granted, the place is using some good-grade tenderloin and sirloin cuts but it might not be worth the price that we’ve paid. Plus, it would be wise to ask the customers beforehand just how they would want their steak to be prepared, instead of the one-for-all medium-well. But then again, they did take note of the problem so I’m still hopeful that they would somehow turn that around as the place has potential. We’d also shared a plate of their Triple Chocolate Crepe and I swear that I could finish 3 of that dessert (no joke) by my self since it was very rich and well… ‘chocolate-y’; perfect for a chocoholic such as myself!

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









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LowCost Cafe Tanjung Batu

My partner took me to this eatery mainly because it was near to his house (located within the Kampung Tanjung Batu area, in near proximity to the Tech Guan owned Majulah Koko Tawau factory) and due to the fact that he needed to buy some things from the City Freshmart supermarket adjoining to it. Oh and just so you guys know, the ‘lowcost’ doesn’t really mean that their food is cheap; it actually meant ‘Low Customs’ (translation = it refers to this lowered & customized 4x4 vehicle club in Tawau). 

One look at their menu and I noticed that it was identical to their Muhibbah Jaya branch. But what I do like about this franchise (can I call them a franchise?) is that each branch (including another one within the Taman Sri Balung area) tried to put their own spin to the menu by adding a few ‘original’ items. In this case, they’ve added the Ikan Baulu Goreng set (that comes with rice and a vegetable soup) which my partner had tried and absolutely loved afterwards. And its no wonder since the fish that he got could easily fed 2 person. In fact, huge portioning seems to be the running theme for this place since the Ais Batu Campur that I’ve had also came in big sizes. They also rented out their spacious place to a few food vendors and one of them had caught my eyes almost immediately. The BP Burger & Grill is your typical locally westernized food provider so I went for their Chicken Chop Burger while my partner (who got it over his head that he has an elastic stomach) opted for their Grilled Chicken Burger. Their burgers were good but what I wanted to highlight here were the extra sauces that came with the set, for free! Man, they’re definitely generous with their BBQ sauce and I for one am thankful for that.


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









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