Sarawak

Time Out Malaysia Eating and Drinking Guide - - EAST MALAYSIA -

Cafés Black Bean Cof­fee & Tea Company (Bor­neo Café) 87 Ewe Hai Street (08 242 0290/019 879 9747).

Owned by a hus­band and wife team, this cosy lit­tle café of­fers a va­ri­ety of freshly made cof­fees. The owner him­self roasts the Liber­ica and Ro­busta cof­fee beans which en­hance the taste of the for­mer and fra­grance of the lat­ter. Also in their cache are fresh leaf pre­mium teas. If you have a higher ap­pre­ci­a­tion of your cof­fees and teas then this is the per­fect place to visit.

Chi­nese Cause­way Bay Hong Kong Restau­rant Ground floor, Sublot 38, Brighton Square 7691, Block 16 KCLD, Jalan Song (08 228 5808).

As the name sug­gests, Cause­way Bay Hong Kong Restau­rant spe­cialise in Hong Kong dishes. But their ex­per­tise doesn’t stop there as the menu also has items like Ja­panese noo­dles and the fa­mous Thai soup tom yum. Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing.

Life Café Sublot 28, Lot 7691, Block 16, KCLD Brighton Square, Jalan Song (08 228 5688).

Life Café’s clas­sic Chi­nese en­vi­ron­ment is ev­i­dent as you step in. Spe­cial­is­ing in au­then­tic Chi­nese food, their sig­na­ture dish is the malak mee. En­joy the re­lax­ing vibe of their bam­boothemed walls as you chow down.

Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted. Free park­ing.

Euro­pean & Bri­tish Mod­ern Euro­pean Jambu Restau­rant & Lounge Cross­roads of Jalan Cen­tral and Jalan Crook­shank/Bampflyde (08 223 5292/ www.jam­bu­restau­rant.com).

This ex­otic and stylish restau­rant and lounge bar is an oa­sis if you’re fond of Mod­ern Euro­pean and Mediter­ranean dishes. Sit­u­ated in a pic­turesque bun­ga­low from the colo­nial era, Jambu claims to serve a mix of Span­ish and Bornean ta­pas but the menu is a stan­dard mix of prawns (done var­i­ous ways), patatas bravas, olives, and spicy chorizo. Nev­er­the­less, the restau­rant is worth a visit, even if it’s only to feast your eyes on the warm, invit­ing decor. Ha­lal. Kids’ menu. Free park­ing. (Restau­rant) Tues–Sun, 6pm–11pm; (Lounge) Tues–Sun, 6pm–late. $$

In­dian

Lyn’s Tan­doori Restau­rant 7 Jalan Song Thian Cheok (08 223 4934).

The In­dian feel is strong when you come here; In­dian dec­o­ra­tions, In­dian cooks, and of course, In­dian cui­sine. North In­dian cui­sine is prom­i­nent on the ex­ten­sive menu which in­cludes murg mat­ter and Kash­miri naan. Chefs and in­gre­di­ents are brought all the way from In­dia to guar­an­tee the authenticity of serv­ings to­talling up to 200 items from the menu. Veg­e­tar­i­ans need not fret as there is an en­tire non­meat sec­tion on the menu. Try the fresh and creamy grape lassi, a to­tally dif­fer­ent taste sen­sa­tion from the con­ven­tional mango lassi. Pork-free. Child friendly. Credit cards ac­cepted, Dis­abled friendly. Free park­ing (after 5pm).

In­ter­na­tional Char­coal Grill Ground floor, Pusat Suria Per­mata, Up­per Lanang Road, Sibu (08 421 7127/016 878 4802).

Char­coal Grill of­fers fu­sion and French cui­sine, both of which are un­com­mon in Sibu. The dim light­ing, along with its cosy am­bi­ence makes it a suit­able place for fam­ily, friends and cou­ples alike. The truf­fle scram­bled eggs are ex­cel­lent and the pan-fried seabass is a re­prieve from other restau­rants which usu­ally use dory fish in their dishes. Closed on Tues­days.

Free park­ing.

Jolly Kitchen Hock Lee Cen­tre, third floor, Jalan Da­tok Abang Ab­dul Rahim (08 234 0373).

This food court has a dis­tinc­tive con­cept; you can sit at the common ta­bles with the chairs, or you can sit Ja­panese style with a pil­low. They serve a choice of Asian and Western food from Sarawak laksa to Mon­go­lian beef rice.

NEW Magna Carta Old Court­house, Sarawak Tourism Com­plex (012 886 3500).

Housed in the old court­house, this laid back café dishes out western treats like pas­tas, piz­zas, burg­ers, smooth­ies and milk­shakes. Thirsty for some­thing stronger? There’s also a small se­lec­tion of beers and wines, in­clud­ing Sarawakian rice wine. Food is hit and miss but the set­ting is so lovely and re­laxed that it’s a nice choice for a bite to eat over a few beers.

Tue–Sun, 10am–11.30pm. $

Su­garbun Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions (08 242 2000/www. su­garbun.com).

Su­garbun can be dubbed the KFC of East Malaysia. With more than 15 out­lets in Sarawak in­clud­ing nine in Kuch­ing, this fast food restau­rant of­fers Asian cui­sine and pasta dishes. The fish panini will cost you RM5.70 and its por­tion is gen­er­ous. Another must-try is the Asian style beef stew clay pot.

Child friendly. Kids’ menu.

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