Our Sungkai experience @ Garage Kafe, Kota Kinabalu

Written by @joehairie 
(Photos by curiostraveller.com)

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Thought of the day-“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”-Francois De La Rochefoucauld

It is a cafe located on the roadside, not belonging to any of 5 star properties. We were here twice, this is our third visit. We’re here to break fast or to have our Iftar. Yes, we were invited but as most have known already, we are two stubborn writers. We do stick to our honest opinions and we write things, as we see it, not by what others have seen. This is Garage Kafe, a cafe that is increasingly becoming quite popular among diners in Kota Kinabalu city. Our break fast session at Garage Kafe was one of the best Sungkai in Ramadhan Month 2017.

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

Written by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com unless stated otherwise)

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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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The Colors of Indonesian Nasi Padang

Written by @Lan
Photos by curiostraveller.com team members

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Thought of the day-“The only thing that I like better than talking about food is eating.”-John Walters

One long table, 2 diners, more than 20 dishes and at least 5 kinds of Sambal (hot/spicy sauce). If that’s not enough, there were 3 staffs monitoring the table, looking for more empty space to offer more dishes. Each dish presented in different texture, color and taste. That striking red sambal chili was kind of a warning for me not to consume it but then Asians can’t live without sambal. This is Nasi Padang, padangnese can’t live without it, it’s their ‘trademark’, we are pretty sure of that.

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Sabah Food Awards 2016 : A great event by SabahEats- Mass recognition for the winners!

Written by @Lan & Edited by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)
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The winners, YB Datuk Kamarlin Hj Ombi & SabahEats Admin

“Restaurants are a wonderful escape for me..and are for a lot of people.”-Gay Talese

There’s one recent prestigious event, The Sabah Food Awards 2016 which was organized by SabahEats (Link to their Blog). The event was held on December 10, 2016 (Saturday) at Azure Pool Bar & Cafe, Le Meridien Hotel Kota Kinabalu. Apart from the winners, YB Datuk Kamarlin Hj Ombi (Assistant Minister for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah), bloggers, friends and instagramers attended the event. The event is about giving recognition to the winners of each category and winners were voted by the public (mass) via SabahEats blog from October 12, 2016 to November 15,2016.

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KuehKueh_My @ Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Written by @Lan. Edited by @joehairie
(Photos by @joehairie unless stated otherwise)

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“Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be.” Paulo Coelho

A great cafe does not necessarily need the most up to date interior and exterior features. At times, simplicity is needed in order to align the owner’s products and the expected crowd. Less is more, well, sometimes this philosophy works depending on the ability of the cafe’s owner to keep the customers happy and ably to understand their needs. Customers tend to look at the features of the cafe over the products, if it is best suited to their ‘soul’, they will sure to come in. Nowadays, cafe business is quite challenging, it’s so hard to determine the exact desire(s) of patrons. So, does simplicity actually work for certain cafes? There is one, right here in the city center, a cafe full of simplicity.

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Haus Cafe @ Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Written by @curiostraveller
(Photos by @joehairie unless stated otherwise)
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The Front Entrance

Some say it’s a cafe with unfinished design. Some say it’s a hipster cafe. We say, it’s a cafe with Industrial Design, purposely left unfinished on some parts, implying a big statement, a significant impact and trademark readily for viewing to those passing by. Alluring that is, as if it’s a call for people to come in and check out what’s inside. That is definitely genius and smart. Welcome to Haus Cafe, one burgeoning cafe in Kota Kinabalu City, we must say. The concept is different. While other cafes tend to outshine competitors, Haus look at things differently. Being humble that is. The owner intend to create that community feels by ensuring that the cafe is fit for people of all ages and background. It ain’t only for the avid coffee hunters and young career people (as you can see in many other cafes), the door opens for everyone.

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Sakana Oroshi Set @ Nagisa, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Written by @joehairie
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Honestly, we are not into Japanese Cuisine. We actually rarely dine at any Japanese restaurant. We are not that familiar with the ‘protocols’ of eating foods from the Land of The Rising Sun. In both our minds, all that we can think of is Tempura. Our destiny and palate keep changing though. 2 days ago, we had this opportunity to dine at the award winning Nagisa Restaurant, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu. There’s this recently launched menu named as Sakana Oroshi Set, creatively prepared and presented by Chef Kenny Liew You Khen. In total, there are three different sets to choose from. We tried all three. Were we satisfied with the taste and presentation of all three Sakana Oroshi set? Did that menu change our mind and worldview towards Japanese Cuisine? Read further to find out…

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Sahur Experience 2016 @ Victoria’s Brasserie, Dorsett Grand Labuan

Written by @joehairie
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We stayed at the Dorsett Grand Labuan on July 2, 2016 and having to fast the next day, we went for our Sahur at 3.00 am (July 3,2016). We intend to share to our blog readers what we saw and experience during the Sahur at Victoria’s Brasserie, Dorsett Grand Labuan. Similar to the Break Fast/Sungkai post (here is the LINK), this entry might be a bit too late for most people as Ramadhan month is over. However, this entry can be a good reference for future guests at Dorsett Grand Labuan during Ramadhan month in 2017. At Dorsett Grand Labuan, Sahur is a replacement or an option for the usual Breakfast and offered to Muslim guests.

Related Entries:

Dorsett Grand Labuan: Our Stay Experience

Sahur @ Dorsett Grand Labuan

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