Mentaiko and Natto @ Nagisa Japanese Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Blogged by @Lan 
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(Invited Review)

Mentaiko (pallock roe) and Natto (fermented soybeans) are common ingredients in Japanese Cuisine. Its rich flavor goes well with a lot of Japanese cuisine and it is best eaten over hot steamy rice. Chef Kenny, inspired by pallock roe, has come up with his own version of how the ingredient can be best used in Japanese Cuisine by assembling his own special dishes such as Mentaiko Chazuke, Mentaiko Chahan, Mentaiko Maki, each paired with Natto, the perfect companion to complete your dining experience.

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Friday BBQ Cookout Buffet Dinner @ SOLUXE Hotel Kota Kinabalu (Formerly known as Narada Hotel)

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Credit: Soluxe Hotel

(Invited Review) (This Eatery is HALAL CERTIFIED)

We both came here on Friday, August 4, 2017. Although this was the 2nd time we have been to this eatery, this particular Friday BBQ Cookout Buffet Dinner was a first for us. The eatery is better known as Coffee House and is located on level 3M. We came around 6 pm and the buffet was to start at 6.30 pm. Staff were already busy setting up all stations/buffet spread. The BBQ area was quite ‘smoky’ as the whole roasted lamb was nearing its perfection, almost cooked! Chefs were seen barbecuing all types of meats, including Satay! This is our review about Friday BBQ Cookout Buffet Dinner at Soluxe Hotel Kota Kinabalu (formerly known as Narada Hotel)

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Venice’s Gastronomy by Chef Daniele @ Ferdinand’s Sutera Harbour Resort

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Chef Daniele Rossetto’s culinary journey reads like love poetry. His passion for Italian cuisine derived from the simplicity and creative flair, inspired by two most influential people in his life; his grandfather and his mother. It is no surprise, that two of his favourite dishes would be his grandfather’s fish soup and risotto prepared by his mother.

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A’S Cafe @ Kota Kinabalu : As we see it

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Thought of the day-” To become successful and outstanding at something, we don’t have to come up with something new; we need only find ways of doing it better.”- Earl Nightingale

Weeks ago, we read about Alif Satar opening up a new Cafe in Kota Kinabalu. We did discuss about the possibility of visiting. We did not go, until recently. We searched high and low for some information about A’S Cafe. With minimum information, we contacted Mukhriz (the Manager) and told him that we’re coming. We’re about to visit a cafe that we know very little about. We initially did not have any expectation or even ably to imagine the outcome. Nothing. We went and this is how we saw and experienced things at A’S Cafe.

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Garage Kafe @ Penampang Bypass : As we see it- Revisited after 13 months!

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Thought of the day-“Food brings people together on many different levels. It’s nourishment of the soul and body; it’s truly love.”-Giada De Laurentiis

(This cafe is owned and managed by Muslim owners)

Good food is cooked with love and soul. A great Cafe is not only about serving that good food but is also a place where people ably to sense that warm and inviting atmosphere. Being inside, it feels like almost being at home. Feeling comfortable is the keyword. In the long run, people will only return to cafes that they feel comfortable at. These are the qualities of a great cafe. Kota Kinabalu city is increasingly dotted with new cafes, not all have that ‘great qualities’ but Garage Kafe @ Penampang Bypass does. That’s how we see it, an observation of ours that took 13 months to reach that firm conclusion.

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Redefining the olden days Chim Chum @ Steamboat Bakar Sepanggar

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Thought of the day– “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces-just good food from fresh ingredients.”-Julia Child

(This particular restaurant is one of our best recommendations of eateries in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah for your Ramadhan 2017 Sungkai/berbuka puasa)

In Thailand, Chim Chum (pronounced as t͡ɕîm t͡ɕùm) is regard as street food. To produce Chim Chum, a charcoal stove (clay pot) is filled with broth. The burning charcoal will get the broth boiling and that’s the right moment to put uncooked food inside it. People in Laos and Cambodia have long been using this cooking method. It’s about using that hot pot to dip something for a while (Chim) or quickly dip it (Chum). Today, Chim Chum is still being used but in a contemporary environment, such as in Steamboat Bakar Sepanggar Restaurant, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

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Fish Market Restaurant @ Warisan Square, Kota Kinabalu : The first to offer Sauna Steamboat in North Borneo

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Thought of the day-“Food is a great way of communicating.”-Jan Karon

(Muslim Friendly Restaurant in Kota Kinabalu City, Sabah, Malaysia)

Kota Kinabalu city is abundant with Seafood Restaurants. While each is uniquely different, the newly-opened Fish Market Restaurant at Warisan Square is proud to be the first to introduce Sauna Steamboat in North Borneo, a pioneer, so to say, in giving the customers a new dining experience. Gone are the days when Steamboat fans in Kota Kinabalu need to heavily depend on their ‘Tom yum Soup’ to boil their preferred seafood items. They now have the choice to consume seafood items that is cooked in healthier method.

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Eating Putu & Lato @ Filipino Market, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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Thought of the day-“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”-Miriam Beard

In the east part of Sabah, particularly in Semporna, the Bajau people, Putu and Lato are inseparable. Some of them have moved to Kota Kinabalu city bringing along their tradition which includes, Putu and Lato. Both are staple food of theirs, a must in their diet. There’s only one way to know what Putu and Lato tastes like, eat em’! If you are an adventurous person, gastronomically speaking, head to Kota Kinabalu’s Filipino Market. We went. We consumed that Putu and Lato. This is our story, in regard to that particular experience.

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