[Cafe] Sisan Restaurant Kuching

Not sure should I refer it as a restaurant or a cafe. It seems more like a cafe to me though. Sisan Restaurant is a newly open dining place at Ellis Road. Just located by the roadside it is very easy to locate. The environment is cosy yet somewhat romantic, best cater for a gathering or even romantic dates. 

It was our buddy’s birthday where we decided to try out this new restaurant. Oh, let me show you this pretty bouquet from our local online florist Lotsa.Love and the unicorn cake from our local online bakers thesweetbake.co. 

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We ordered a few dishes to try. Some were impressive, some weren’t. However, they serve very good beverages! 

6I had the Sisan Signature Mojito. I would like mocktail mojito as there isnt any alcohol contain. But still it exceed my expectations. Other girls ordered all kinds of green tea float, green tea frap and ice blended green tea. They are all good!

We ordered 6 items altogether. First up is the customised salad bowl. 

7You can choose ur preferred ingredients for you salad. Price depending on the ingredients you’ve chosen. 🙂 A little bit too simple for me but its ok.

4Chicken chop! Chicken chop is surprisingly tender. A thin layer of crispy crunch on the skin and a well marinated juicy meat underneath them. I personally don’t fancy chicken chop but this one definitely win my heart.

5Lamb chop. Not the best but its alright. Meat is well marinated but its way overcooked. 🙂

8Another dish I would recommend is the carbonara. Strong, milky and cheesy sauce coating every single noodle they served. So fattening yet so so so good! Love it!

22Aglio alio is the only least recommended dish among the 6. Its blend and tasteless no matter so much chilli flakes we requested. Give this a pass.

And lastly will be the sirloin steak. I guess they have their speciality meat every week.

9 11For our week, they served sirloin steak. You can choose your own meat at the counter before they proceed with the cooking. If you ask me honestly what’s my personal opinion about it, the meat is alright, seasoning is perfect but the cooking method can be slightly better. I am very particular in my steak, I ordered a rare steak but they came a little above medium rare. Price wise, its about rm60 for that piece, not to judge weather is overpriced or not but I would say it can be more worthy. 🙂 Or i just had a terrible picky mouth!

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55 44 3 33But most importantly.. Happy Birthday to our Lawyer Lamby! xoxo!

lambyIts always good when we are all together! #17yearsoffriendship and Happy Birthday to this girl whom I’ve know for 25 years! HOHO!

 

Sisan Restaurant
Address : 25, Lorong Ellis 7, Jalan Ellis 93300 Kuching
Hours : Everyday 10am to 12am
Tel : +6010 933 9779

 

 

Hotel Review : Metro 360 Kuala Lumpur

Sorry I was extremely busy these few months with new project. Sorry Bloggie sorry readers I have so many pending posts awaiting. Will be posting some cute cafe in SG, Must try food in Brunei and my Melbourne Trip soon.

There’s a new hotel in Town near Bukit Bintang for everyone reference!! Strategic Location, comforting room, vibrant colours and relaxing environment for a vacation. If that fits your desire for a holiday place, Metro 360 Kuala Lumpur will be your best choice.

IMG_20170312_112234_resized_20170430_040820326I was there for a short stay unfortunately. If time permitted, I would have extend a few more nights to explore the place. Metro 360 Kuala Lumpur has a strategic location, not to say it is a walking distance to the Golden Triangle Area, Metro 360 Kuala Lumpur is near to the famous Eatery of Kuala Lumpur, the Jalan Alor food street! Apart from that, party goers, Metro 360 Kuala Lumpur is your best choice as it is just a few minutes walking distance to the utmost happening Changkat Bukit Bintang street where all the bars and lounges are. But not to worry, you can still have a quiet and good night sleep at night.

IMG_20170312_112427_resized_20170430_040819963Yes, just walk straight.

IMG_20170312_112220_resized_20170430_040815783I personally love the entrance. Ceiling is high and elegant. Colour contrast is very soothing.

IMG_20170312_112202_resized_20170430_040817725Customer service is excellent. The receptionist serve us well and provide us with all the information around that area. You know, when you receive good treatment, you know your incoming stay will be a fabulous one.

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The room is bigger than the average room in Bukit Bintang area.

IMG_20170312_103824_1_resized_20170430_040816327 IMG_20170312_104001_resized_20170430_040819620Oh, Breakfast area is a satisfying one too. The place is spacious enough with variety of food choices to make up your day.

IMG_20170312_104051_resized_20170430_040818501The swimming pool area is just behind the breakfast lounge. The service person told me that the pool was a bit blurry due to the heavy rain these few days. Well, but its good enough. I would want to visit their gym but its under beautified progress. Check out their facebook for more pictures of all the mural drawings!

Overall would i stay at Metro 360 Kuala Lumpur again? Absolutely! You should try too! As per below I’ve put up the location for your convenience. I hope you have another top notch alternative for your stay in Kuala Lumpur!

rooOh, you can sort out booking.com too!

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Pontianak Travel Guide (2/2) : 34 Must Eat food in Pontianak

Welcome to Pontianak! If you haven read my part 1 of Pontianak Travel Guide, please do so and you are good to be showered with all these delicious food pictures. 1 week in Pontianak is a very tummy friendly one, from early morning breakfast food to all day long snacks. I believed with my foodie buddy Eko bringing me around, I’ve basically covered almost all the must eat food in Pontianak! SO, Lets go! 

DSC00835The iconic bamboo weapon used in Pontianak in the olden days. 

  1. Nasi Campur / Nasi Ayam

DSC00833Nasi Campur or Nasi Ayam is a mixed rice with assorted meats. It look very normal but the taste is surprisingly very different than what we have in Malaysia. Unlike the sauce we had in Malaysia which is very watery and salty. This one is very flavourful and thick, its like there are some spices infused it in, salty with a mild sweetness in the sauce. The rice is very fragrant, all the meats are seasoned with their special sauce and what i can say is, they are very addictive. The famous one will be Nasi Ayam Afu

2. Kwecap

DSC00843 DSC00849_pKwecap is basically rice rolls served with garlic bits accompanied with a bowl of hearty mixed pork offal soup. I love the rice rolls because its  very tender and the crispy garlic bits just added more flavour to it. Soup is clear and ridiculously delicious. How to eat it? I love to eat my meat with sweet soy sauce and lime. Yums!

3. Traditional Coffee & Kue Bingka

DSC00850 DSC00851The coffee in this particular cafe Aming is ultra famous and its packed with humans! You might need to share table for this cup of hand pulled house brewed coffee but for me, its overly sweet the milk had already covered the aroma of the coffee. But i heard its always this sweet to suit the local’s taste. How sweet it is? Its like a sweet glass of coffee, half coffee half condensed milk and I am serious I cant even finish 1/3 of the coffee. However, the kue bingka (the yellow custard tart) is very delicious. Pastry is flaky and the custard is smooth and sweet. Definitely one of my favourite dessert.

4. Es Krim Angi

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Es Krim Angi is the famous one in Pontianak. Its basically scoops of different flavours ice creams served in a coconut shell topped with various of condiments like jack fruits, beans, jelly and anything that you can think of. 

5. Che Hun Tiao & Bongko

DSC00860 DSC00861Che hun tiao is the transparent jelly alike thing which is normally served in their local dessert. The green colour thing is called bongko and it is by far my favourite dessert because it is not overly sweet. Its like a very dense jelly with a mochi texture. Love it!!

DSC00862And the service.. You can just order and eat in your car. #superb

6. Bubur Ikan

DSC00894 DSC00900Fish Porridge, one of the thing i swear I will come back for more! The fish is so fresh you can see the clear line between the meat and the skin with a layer of gelatin in between. Its not really for someone who love plain and light porridge, this porridge is very very powerful in flavour. Thick and heavy just the way i like it.

7. Avocado Juice

DSC00925I bet everyone love Avocado juice! The difference between this and the normal avocado juice is that my buddy ask the boss to add in fresh chunks of avocado. So after you slurp, you have to open the cover and eat the fruits. Yums!

8. Nasi Kari

DSC00929Nasi kari means curry rice, the curry served here is more to the coconut base, curry is not too thick and heavy it is drinkable. Every each of the rice is soaked in the curry soup. I especially like how they served it with the coconut milk curry with the young coconut shoots. We had this awesome goodness at Nasi Kari Achai

9. Bakmi Kepiting

DSC01058 unnamedBakmi Kepiting is a crab meat noodles. Similar to dry noodles, its served with a giant crab pincir! 

10. Gulai Kambing

DSC00935 DSC00937OH MY GOAT!! One of my favourite favourite thing on earth! — MUTTON — its a must try! I duno how to describe this because every bite is happiness! The lamb is literally fall off the bone type, stewed in the gravy until its heavily infused with the flavour. The gravy is not too spicy, more towards like spicy and sweet. Best thing on earth to eat with rice!

11. Char KweTiaw

DSC00943The charcoal fried kwe tiaw is very impressive. You know when  you fried your food using charcoal, they have this smoky aroma attached to it, yes that’s what I am talking about. You can see locals queueing up for this. Noms!

12. Bakso

DSC00945 DSC01011Bakso is generally a very common delicacies served in Indonesia. Here, we have the flat meatballs and the ordinary rounds one. It is said that the flat one is a better bakso because they use very fine meat to make it whereas for the round ones, they mixed all the different meats together. However, I love the round ones more because its more al dente for me and I like to rough texture from meatballs like there are still skin fat or tendons in it. MUAHAHHA

13. Teh Botol

DSC00947Taste just like the normal teh with sugar syrup. Not too bad but nothing to shout about

14. Sup Kambing

DSC00950OH MY OH MY! Another overwhelming dish for me. Its mixed lamb sup with all the lamb offal and different parts of meat stewed in a pot of hearty milky tangy soup. 

DSC00953You should eat with sweet soy sauce and a lime squeeze to it, eko said. And he is always right. Pack with flavours. If you are not a lamb person or are afraid of the heavy lamb taste, the milky and tangy soup actually help to cut through the overpowering lamb soup making you craving for more. 

15. Sate Kambing

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16. Martabak Manis Cripsy (Polos Keju)

DSC00958 DSC00961Something similar to our crispy peanut pancakes, you can choose what fillings you want. We order the cheese one and we never regret about it. You can taste a lot of butter, peanuts and cheese. Soooo good sooo fattening. 

17. Cita Rasa Kuih Muih

DSC00966The kuih all look very similar but the taste varies a lot. I started to prefer Pontianak kuih more because their flavours is more distinguished. For example the shredded coconut rolls, the filling is packed with coconut flavour and palm sugar, you can also taste the coconut aroma on the outer layer. Egg tart, instead of just the custard with sugar, you can actually taste the richness of the eggs, the sweetness of the custard and the buttery flaky crust with it. SO GOOD SO FATTENING again!

18. Balinese Food & Green Sands

DSC00970 DSC00973I somewhat missed balinese food and here, food is prepared by  authentic Balinese couples. They also have this Green sands non alcohol beer. Yums!

19. Pondok Kakap Kepiting Asap

DSC00982 DSC00983 DSC00990 Kepiting means Crab. Asap means Smoke. SMOKED CRAB IT IS!! Crab stuffed with their specialty spices and bring too smoked. You need some skill to smoke the crab so that it could lock in all the juicy essence of the crab in this humongous crab. YES.. HUMONGOUS!!! 

IMG-20170114-WA0072Its as big as a palm of a fully grown man!! SATISFIED!

20. Ikan Semah

DSC00991Ikan semah is a very delicate fish. I like my fish steamed, it is the simplest way to eat fresh fish i would say!

21. Ayam Bakar

DSC00999Nothing too shout about but its nice!

22. Sup Buntut

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23. Bola Keladi Goreng

DSC01013These are fried yam balls. Very dense that one piece will make you happy and full.

24. He Tiau

DSC01023He Tiau is fried prawn batter. Not my favourite. Its a little bit bland. 

25. Ko Kue

DSC01029Ko Kue is like rice batter or yam batter served with salty prawns or meats and fried garlic served with their soy sauce. 

26. Chai Kwe

DSC01032Their cai kwe is similar to what we have in Malaysia, a thin layer of rice flour stuffed with different fillings like yam, chives, tofu, yam bean. Steamed and topped with fried minced garlic. 

27. Rujak Mangga

DSC01033Preserved young mango served with spicy sauce

28. Lontong Sayur

DSC01038Now this is so unhealthy yet one very addictive food, lontong sayur. Lontong sayur is a dish where compressed rice cakes, all kinds of vegetables, tofu, egg, meat are mixed together served in a coconut milk tossed with sambal and some local spices. You know everything shimmered in coconut milk is magic.

29. Otak Otak

DSC01047Now the otak otak is something different that what we have in Malaysia. Similar as a fish paste, the batter is different. In Malaysia, our Otak otak is more like mushy and soft, in Pontianak, their otak otak is firm and al dente. I love both otak otak, different taste different texture but equally unique and delicious. It is served with a peanut sauce. I can easily finish 5 myself.  

30. Empek empek

DSC01048Empek empek is a savoury fish cake delicacy which is deep fried and then served with a citrus tangy sauce.

31. Jus Alpukat + Alpokat Kerok

DSC01054Fruits smoothies and fermented rice wine. Very interesting one but I would go back and have more. 

32. Kwe Kia Theng

DSC01098 DSC01099Kwe Kia Theng is the least preferable among all the dish i have sampled. Not that its not good, its exactly the same as our Kueh Chap in Malaysia. Pork offal and rice sheets served in dark broth. Not my favourite.

33. Lidah Buaya

DSC00933Aloe vera!! Look at the generous cubes of aloe vera! My top 2 fav drinks after Jeruk Nipis. Jeruk nipis is their local wild lime.

34. Tau Suan

DSC01055Tau suan is a sweet and sticky local mung bean dessert.

 

 

Pontianak Travel Guide (1/2) : Things you should know about Pontianak | Where to stay in Pontianak? | Places to visit in Pontianak

I just came back from a 1 week work trip in Pontianak and thanks to buddy Eko, I get to know more about Pontianak. From there I would like to share with all of you about the little tips i got from my local friends! 

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Things you should know about Pontianak :

1. Knowing a lil bit of Indonesia Language helps a lot
The Indonesia language is somehow similar to our Bahasa Malaysia but its different as well. But if you know how to speak bahasa malaysia, it will helps. Do try to learn and adapt to Bahasa Indonesian when you are in Pontianak because it really will make your  life easier. Basic words to share:

Cerowok = Man
Cerewek = Lady
Cerowok Gantang = Handsome Man
Waysay = Toilet
Kama = Room
Moto = Motorcyle
Mobil = Car
Enak = Yummy
Lucu = Cute
Kalian = You
Marga = Surname

Okay.. suddenly cant think of any liao. Hahahahahahha! 

2. It is best to visit if  you have local friends around

Typically, there are a lot of shops selling similar items but if you have locals to bring you around, you will be able to try all the good stuff. And to avoid double standard in pricing too. It is hard to explore Pontianak without a car or transport. So.. yea.

3. Motorcycles are everywhere and they are the KING of the road

It is very easy to own a motorcycle in Pontianak that’s why they are everywhere. They can drive wherever they want to even in an apposite direction or an illegal U-turn. You have to anticipate they next move no mater you are in the right lane or whatsoever. If accident happens, whether you are right, you are still wrong. They are the King.. and don’t even think about calling a traffic officer for help.

4. Road are very narrow

Road are generally very narrow even in the highway or the overhead bridge. Its just enough for a car to go up and another car to go down. No room for others

5. There’s no law in driving

You can drive however you want just need to be careful of the bikes. No seat belt is needed but please do put on your seat belt for your own sake.

6. Air is very polluted

It is very hazy all the way. 

7. It is not safe to go out at night

Whether you are a male of a female. Its not safe to go out at night unless you have a local friend to bring you around.

8. Pontianak is always very hot as it is located at the Equator

9. Beverages is ultra sweet

TOO SWEEET! Do not order less sugar. You can just make it.. without sugar. 

10. There is only one shopping mall in Pontianak

Ayani Mall is the only megamall in Pontianak. Cinemas, exhibition and all the sales will be in Ayani Mall.

11. Girls generally do not smoke and drink in the public

If female smoke in the public, people will look at  you like you are a monster

12. There’s some restricted are which is not advisable to go

13. Do not put your valuable items on the table while eating

Like I said, its not safe. Keep your phone in your bag or pocket to lower the risk of being snatch.

14. You need to pay an amount of 2000 to 5000 rupiah to an usher no matter where you park

Even if you park at the roadside, if someone help you to ascot the car, you have to pay.

15. Most of the Indonesian are generally friendly

 

Where to stay in Pontianak?

If  you want to stay near the Ayani Mall, stay at Mercure Hotel like I did.

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DSC01062If you want to stay along the street food, stay at either Harris Hotel, Hotel Gajah Muda or Aston Hotel Pontianak

 

Where to visit in Pontianak?

1. Paradis-Q Water Park Pontianak

It is the largest water themed park in Pontianak. Not only it is the largest, they have the latest water-themed games and facilities. They are planning for future development of villas at the same area too. Please stay tune.

DSC00879DSC00864 DSC00866 DSC00869 DSC00875DSC00865The waves pool!! I wanna try this so badly

DSC00872The racing path! Something I am  dying to try 🙂

2. The Equator Monument / Tugu Khatulistiwa 

The monument makes the division between the northern and southern hemispheres. So you can basically step your foot one side on the northern hemisphere and one side on the southern hemisphere. 
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3. A boat ride at the waterfront

Take a cruise at the waterfront sailing along the Kapuas river, the longest river in Indonesia and the world longest island rivers

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4. King’s Crab Restaurant

Not the best food but the environment is a plus point. 

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After all these basic info, you are ready for the MUST EAT FOOD IN PONTIANAK! 

 

 

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