(Photos by @joehairie)
Again, we were delighted to have the opportunity to eat some good delicious yummy food at the Big B Cafe @ Taman Indah Permai, Jalan Sepanggar-Manggatal, Kota Kinabalu. We came around 7pm ++. We found out about this place from Facebook feed. We read some reviews and we did have our expectations prior coming to this cafe. Were we satisfied with the food, beverages, services and the place? Read our review.
The Cafe is located next to the Sri Keningau Restaurant. Parking lots are available. This cafe have both indoor and dining area. We chose the outdoor dining area as it will be easy for me to take pictures around. The cafe was clean at the time we visited. Staffs were friendly and polite. We were acknowledged when we came and immediately the waiter gave us the menu.
Customers are required to fill in their orders in a piece of paper that will be given by the waiter and then submit the order in person at the cashier. It is kinda, order, pay first, then wait for the food to be delivered to the table and eat. I guess this system has it weaknesses such as there will be a long queue during peak hours.
Overall, we actually like the ambiance of this cafe. It is simple, yellowish, a bit hipster and most important, the open concept allow customers to feel the breezy air coming from the outside.
The menu selection is a bit mix of this and that but mainly focus on the Nusantara theme. The Cafe do offer some western selection. We wanted something different than what we had before in other cafes so we ordered Nasi Kukus Ayam Berempah (RM 7.00) and Nasi Sotong Penyet (RM 12.00). We never try this type of food anywhere on earth so we decided these will be the best choice.
Lamb Chop is the IN thing here in Kota Kinabalu. There seems to be a lot of Lamb Chops fan here so this Cafe introduced their own version of Grilled Lamb Chops with rice. Maybe in the next visit we will opt for this meal.
The beverages selection are a bit the same as what we can find in other cafes/restaurants. We ordered Sirap Bandung Royal (RM 2.80) and Cappuccino Rookie (RM6.00).
Nasi Kukus Ayam Goreng Berempah is Steamed Rice served with marinated Fried Chicken. It is served with some cucumber slices and 2 type of dipping sauce. The color of the dipping sauce gave the impression that it is ‘hot’ but actually not any closer to that Hot Chili Taste. None at all. It tasted good actually especially when you eat the fried chicken in pieces and dip it into the sauce(s). Look at the image below. Looks pretty “Hot” yeah?. Overall, this selection tasted delicious. The fried chicken was pretty hot when the order came to our table. It was not fried earlier. Some stall will simply serve fried chicken that have been fried hours earlier. Onions, shallots, lemon grass and ginger are among the ingredients used to marinate the chicken.
@joehairie ordered this Nasi Sotong Penyet. It is actually Steamed Rice served with Deep Fried Squid and smashed right after frying. Tempe is served as part of the dish. Tempe is a traditional soy product originating from Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form. Tempe is a staple source of protein. Like tofu, tempe is made from soybeans, but it is a whole soybean product with different nutritional characteristics and textural qualities. The fried squid is delicious and crispy as it is fried after coating the squid with flour.
We ordered Sirap Bandung Royal and Cappuccino Rookie. Both tasted delicious and priced at RM2.80 and RM6.00 respectively. We kinda like the idea of giving a bottle of cold drinking water to customers. This way customers have the option whether to order beverages or not. There will be times when all of us simply need a glass of cold water and not that sweet drinks.
The total cost of this dinner- RM 27.80
Whats our verdict? (Cafe/Restaurant: Stand-Alone Category) (Score: 9.2/10 )
Ambiance & Overall Concept: 9/10
Food-Menu, Presentation and Taste: 10/10
Beverages-Menu, Presentation and Taste: 9/10
Service/Wifi/All other ‘Extras’: 9/10
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