Muffinz Deli Café @ The Magellan Sutera Resort, Kota Kinabalu : Part 2-The Experience

Written by @joehairie & Content Coordinated by @curiostraveller 
(Photos & Videos by @curiostraveller)

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Located at Level 1 of The Magellan Sutera Resort, The Muffinz Deli Café is said to be the perfect spot to spend time with your family, kids and friends. Offering seating capacity of 70, both indoor and outdoor, it caters for those looking for the finest café products, be it gourmet coffee beverages to iced teas, cakes and pastries. The Pastry Chef, Pritchard Ligadu @ Leo is there to ensure that the café’s products are of high quality and meet the standard of the avid café patrons.  We came here on August 10, 2016 and tasted numerous products of this caféWere we satisfied with what we have tasted? Is this a good or a great café? 

Prelude

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We published one general article of this particular café, here is the LINK to that article. It’s about the café in general, the menu and what’s inside as told and shown to us by the café’s management. This time around, we will tell you about the café, from our perspective and later will come to our own strong conclusion, whether this café is worth visiting or not. There are just too many cafés in Kota Kinabalu City, not all are that great. Our main objective in 2016 is to actually find an ultimate café, a café that has all for various type of patrons. Is Muffinz Deli ably to achieve that elite status, being the ultimate café, the only one of its kind…?

The Café layout-As we see it

Outdoor Seating Area

Not all patrons prefer to be seated indoor. At times some people prefer the outdoor, to enjoy the view. Keep in mind that this is a café located in a huge Resort Complex. For the in-house guests they want to see their kids playing in the children’s pool or at the playground.  There are some people who dislike being exposed too much to the indoor air condition. Must we remind you that this Cafe is in the Resort that actually facing the sea? What about enjoying the sea breeze? Yes, this is the place to be…

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The outdoor seating area

Muffinz Deli Café has an outdoor seating/dining area where patrons have the best view of the Kid’s pool and playground. There are plenty tables outside the café. Choose your favorite spot, it’s yours, your choice…

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The big playground for kids!

While the moms are having the finest tea time products from Muffinz, enjoying the sea breeze and gossiping, the kids get themselves a pretty big space at the playground for outdoor play/activities.

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The kids pool

Perhaps this is the perfect spot for the kids fortunate enough to be the in-house guests with their families. If you and your big family (with kids) happen to stay at The Magellan Sutera Resort, drop by at the Muffinz, get yourself seated at the outdoor area and enjoy your brunch or tea time while observing the kids playing the splashing game at the pool area.

The view from the outdoor seating area…

Indoor Seating Area

There are many different sections indoor, choose as you please. Plenty seating and dining area for you, your family and friends or you alone. Trust us, you won’t be getting that noisy sound as you might keep hearing in the other café(s). The active kids will be quite busy either at the Little Magellan (Kids Club) or at the playground outside. Here is a short video, showing what’s inside the café..

The images below shows the different areas/sections of the café itself. Again, choose according to your needs, if you feel like playing the snooker, head to that specific area, give your soul to the game while enjoying your favorite bevy with your friends.

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Tables for a group of six. Look at the snooker table? Fancy playing that? It’s your call…

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Perhaps you want to be alone, not disturb by other elements but still enjoying your favorite food and beverage?

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The retro seating area..remember Grease? Perfect place for friends and family members..

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There is a comfortable seating area where sofas are being placed for you and your company to talk about something..perhaps business issues or romantically having brunch/tea time? Look at the art work and lighting features..such a brilliant idea to give the extra jovial mood, vibrant colors we must say!

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Feeling a bit competitive? Don’t be shy. outshine your friends, show them your hidden talent! Let them feel being challenged!

Cashier/Display Counter

It is of course the most important part of this vibrant café! Displaying various kinds of cakes, sandwiches and pastries, it is a place where you will be spoiled with so many great choices! Have a look at the line-up before you order as you might be missing out the best of the best! Consult the staffs if you must, they will be more than happy to suggest the best for you.

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Need I say more? Look at the colors of everything at this counter…awesome!

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Fancy for some doughnuts? Here is the place for you to pick the best one…

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The kids ‘Heaven’!!!

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A display of art? You decide…

The Little Magellan

The Little Magellan is actually a kids corner, a big one we must say and has two entrances, one at the front (the main) and the other one is from Muffinz Deli Cafe. While the adults enjoy the sumptuous selections of food and beverages at the Muffinz, kids may play and join in the activities at The Little Magellan.

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The Main Entrance to the Little Magellan.

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Play area at The Little Magellan, seen from the second entrance (inside Muffinz).

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Spacious area for the kids to play and there will someone looking after your kids!

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A place for your kids to do some coloring, art work or playing dough with friends…

The Food and Beverages 

Our Experience-The scores (For full list of menu and prices, please refer to part 1, click HERE)

We had the opportunity to taste many types of cakes, pastries and sandwiches as well as 3 beverages. Below is the video and images of the many good foods and beverages being served to us and we actually tasted each of em’. We not only tasted all of it but we actually secretly scored each food and beverage according to the taste and presentation. We scored individually and then conclude the average by adding and dividing total score by 2. 9 items were scored 5 out 5 (perfect score!) while 3 items were scored between 4.5 to 4.9 out of possible 5.

Here are the still images of the food and beverages served to us and below each image we listed the specific names of the items together with the scores. For the items that were scored 4.5 to 4.9, we will include the reason(s).

From left to right: Hazelnut Tiramisu, Carrot Cake and Durian Cheese Cake.

We scored each of the items a max 5 out of possible 5. Perfect score of 5 means the said products are of high quality.

From left to right: Double Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake, Baked Cheese Cake and Yam & Coconut Cake.

The first 2 were scored perfectly, 5 out 5 while the latter 4.50 out of 5. The reason: While its tasted good overall, it’s actually lacking of that Yam taste. We both failed to taste the actual Yam. There’s a little of Yam, if we must say it but then not that obvious as suggested by the name itself. Other elements were perfect, but not that Yam.

From left to right: Avocado & Mozzarella Cheese Salad, Smoked Salmon Croissant and Smoked Chicken Sandwich.

The Salad was scored perfectly as it had all the perfect elements, presentation and taste wise. The next 2 were each scored 4.9 out of 5 in average, by the two of us as both products lacked of the moist needed. It’s quite dry but not that too dry, still acceptable but given that we first had to bite the croissant and bread, which are dry naturally speaking, the inside was dry as well. The taste were superb for both products but we will give both a perfect 5 if there are enough moist in the fillings. Still high scores though, 4.9.. almost perfect…

From left to right: Chicken Pie, Beef Shepherd’s Pie and Beef Quesadilla.

All three products were scored perfectly 5 out of possible 5. It had all the right elements, in taste and presentation, not that dry and not too salty. Far from tasteless and we love the Quesadilla so much. Its so Mexican, as it is by the name. Most importantly, the taste was not compromised with mixture of ingredients from non Mexican items. It’s close to what the Mexicans are having!

From left to right: Melon Avocado Smoothie, Mango Berry Smoothie and Oreotastic Smoothie

All three were given the average score of perfect 5 by the two of us! Tasted so good that made us crave for more. Each of these beverages has unique distinct taste and we recommend you to try all!

2 well deserved products by the Muffinz

The best product

Of all 12 items that we tried, we want to highlight one particular product that actually won our heart to the fullest! We categorized this product as the ‘IT’ food product of the year, produced by the amazing and talented Pastry Chef, none other than Chef Pritchard Ligadu @ Leo (Credit to his team as well!). We have tried some Durian Cheese Cake somewhere else but by far, this is the best or shall we say the ‘Ultimate Cake of 2016’. It had the perfect consistency, moist and the 2 famous ingredients from 2 different parts in the world, were combined perfectly, none overcome the other one. Here is the image of that Durian Cheese Cake, enlarged, for you to see..

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The selected product for Kula Foods Australia

@curiostraveller chose this particular appetizer, Avocado & Mozzarella Cheese Salad as the main character for his soon to come article about Healthy Foods, found in Asean Region. We both will be travelling around the Asean region and shall be selecting some foods that we believe are in the Health food category. We have found some in Kota Kinabalu already and the latest to join the list is the creation by Chef Pritchard Ligadu @ Leo. It is a common salad actually, easily found anywhere but there is one special thing about this salad by Chef Pritchard Ligadu @ Leo. It had all the right elements and taste, being put together, resulting in one plate of salad that tasted heavenly delicious. We are now working to get an exclusive interview with Chef Pritchard Ligadu @ Leo. The article will be produced in next 2 weeks and will be sent to Kula Foods Australia, to be published in their blog.

Meantime here are the images and video of that  Avocado & Mozzarella Cheese Salad that we’ve discovered at Muffinz Deli Cafe at the Magellan Sutera Resort.

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The Rating

Scores tabulated by @joehairie

Category: Modern Cafe (In Hotel/Resort)

Dining Theme/Category: Western (Cakes/Pastries/Salads/Sandwiches)

Date Of Visit: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Food (Presentation and Taste): 4.9416/5
Hazelnut Tiramisu: 5/5
Carrot Cake: 5/5
Durian Cake: 5/5
Double Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake: 5/5
Cheese Cake: 5/5
Yam & Coconut Cake: 4.50/5
Avocado & Mozzarella Cheese Salad: 5/5
Smoked Salmon Croissant: 4.90/5
Smoked Chicken Sandwich: 4.90/5
Beef Quesadilla: 5/5
Chicken Pie: 5/5
Beef Shepherd's Pie: 5/5
Beverage (Presentation & Taste): 5/5
Oreotastic Smoothie: 5/5
Mango Berry Smoothie: 5/5
Melon Avocado Smoothie: 5/5
Overall: 5/5
Overall-Layout/Accessibility/X Factor: 5/5
Service by Front Staffs: 5/5
Average Score
4.98/5.00

We rated our experience as:
Excellent

Indication:
Highly recommended/Must visit
Important Note:
For cycle 2, we will be using new rating system for all Cafes/Bars/Restaurants 
/Lounges. We will use a straight forward indication as shown below.

5.00-4.00 Excellent - Highly Recommended/Must Visit
3.99-3.00 Good - Recommended
2.99-2.50 Average - You may skip if you want
2.49-1.50 Bad - Please Skip!
1.49-0.00 Worst - Avoid at all costs!

Is Muffinz Deli the ‘Ultimate Cafe’?

‘The Café that has everything for everyone’

Reality Check
What is an Ultimate Cafe? The Cafe must have all the characteristics below: 

1-Offering High Quality Products
2-Great Service-Highest level of service and attentiveness from the Front Staffs
3-Affordable Prices, not that pricey
4-Accessible to all, with no discrimination and prejudice
5-Multi Functions-ably to 'transform' to a cafe that caters for all type of activities

So far, this is the only café that has all it takes to be the Ultimate Café in Kota Kinabalu City. Don’t get us wrong. We have no intention to say that other cafés in Kota Kinabalu are not good. Most of them are great cafés. Muffinz however exceeded the expectations. It has everything and offers the perfect spot for everyone, including kids, literally speaking! Most great cafés looks into the needs of the avid coffee hunters and at times they tend to forget that those avid coffee hunters have kids too! While the moms keep themselves busy with tasting the cakes and tea, where does the kids shall be ‘located’? Will the dads have the chance to ‘assemble’ together and talk about their businesses?

With all the kids and moms plus dads are busy with their own thing, is there any particular area ‘reserved’ for those individuals intending to be alone, enjoying the finest pastry and coffee? What about the group of BFFs? Amazingly, Muffinz is the only café in Kota Kinabalu that ably to cater to all the said groups of people. Name us one café in Kota Kinabalu that has Kids Club, snooker table, a place for individuals to be seated by themselves, a corner for the moms and dads-without even have to worry about their most active kids, in within a Resort surrounding that has all the facilities-just in case the dad decide to spend more by having the family stay for a night or two AND at the same time welcomes the public with open arms, yes, you do not have to be the in-house guest to be a patron at this cafe.

Can you name one? No? Why? Because there is none, except Muffinz Deli Café at The Magellan Sutera Resort, Kota Kinabalu. Welcome to the Ultimate Café in Kota Kinabalu City. It is right in the biggest Resort Complex in Kota Kinabalu City itself, under the Sutera Harbour brand, specifically The Magellan Sutera Resort. In the future, we will be going across Malaysia and the Asean Region. While we named Muffinz Deli Cafe as the first Ultimate Café that we’ve discovered, we do hope to find more cafés with similar qualities. The trend among consumers has changed and will forever be changing, they keep wanting the best café with not only high quality products and service BUT with the key words such as affordability, accessibility and multi functions.

The curiostraveller.com team members are proud to announce that we have found the first Ultimate Café in Kota Kinabalu City, an elite status re defined from the term of Great Café(s). Once again, this is Muffinz Deli Cafe at The Magellan Sutera Resort, the cafe that has everything for everyone.

Fancy having the same experience at this Ultimate Cafe? Head to: 

Muffinz Deli Café
Level 1, The Magellan Sutera Resort
Sutera Harbour Resort
Tel: +60 88 308 432 / +60 88 318 888
Email: muffinz.cafe@suteraharbour.com.my

Gallery

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About The Magellan Sutera Resort

The Magellan Sutera Resort Overview 1340 x 340

Image taken from  http://www.suteraharbour.com

The Magellan Sutera Resort in Kota Kinabalu is a magnificent 5-star resort with 456 rooms and suites. The grand entrance is a majestic longhouse style lobby; an architectural tribute to the Rungus natives of Sabah. With fine timber furnishings and traditional handicraft artifacts, this resort is a favourite with families and couples and those seeking a relaxing, tropical holiday in Borneo. The suites are lavishly decorated and present fabulous views of beautifully manicured gardens or the South China Sea set against a backdrop of the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

About Sutera Harbour Resort

Image taken from www.media.suteraharbour.com

Nestled between the shores of the South China Sea, fronting the tropical islands and the majestic Mount Kinabalu, is the grand expanse of Sutera Harbour Resort. The 384-acre resort provides a spectacular array of activities from its luxurious five-star hotels, championship golf course, marina and recreational facilities. The elegant business setting of The Pacific Sutera Hotel is complemented by the resort ambience of The Magellan Sutera Resort, offering a total of 956 guest rooms and suites.

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