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De' Lava The Dessert Lab

Since we’re on the subject of pastries and what not, I might as well add this post as well. A colleague of mine had casually mentioned this specialty pastry shop as we were having our lunch one day. She was raving on and on about their tarts that it piqued my interest to visit them the next day. I admit that I initially did not notice the shop (even though I went passed the road leading up to the area almost every weekend) as it was tucked away on the far corners of the Unijaya commercial area (and was overshadowed by bigger eateries within the premise).

The tiny but pretty looking store is actually a franchise of sorts originated from the Peninsular Malaysia and they specializes in producing cheese tarts. I admit that it was the first time that I’ve ever heard about them so I had no idea what to expect as I went into the store. Every single one of the tarts looked yummy inside their display cases. So after some thoughtful consideration (or whatever that looks the most appealing to me) I’d decided upon their Dreamy Durian, Pick Me Up Tiramisu and Choconutz flavours and may I say that they were just luscious. Even though the tarts might be a bit smaller in size (as compared to their other, more prominent competitions out there) the quality of the tarts were quite good, as the crust tasted buttery and solid, while the fillings were simply rich without them overdoing it. Other tarts that were also available includes the Classic and Matcha Deluxe. They did mentioned (on their official FB page) that they served other types of snacks and desserts but I’m not too sure about their Tawau branch though, as I did not see any other promotions going on during my said visit.

Other than that…

Food – 4/5 (recommended for you to try them out at least once)
Price – 3/5 (although I personally think that it’s okay but other Tawaurians might consider them to be a bit pricey)
Service – 4/5 (pretty smooth service)
Décor – 4/5 (very pleasing to the eyes with the modern, blackish decor)
Location – 3/5 (they’re also very near to the Ling’s Fresh mini market)

** Current status – Still in operation (as of September 2017) 





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Bumblebee Bakery

So now we’re back to our regular programming yes? Normally I wouldn’t do a review on a bakery (even though I do love baked goods and pastries to death) because for some reason I do not consider them as an eatery (get it?). But I do have to make an exception to this place since they also provide seating area and offers to-order drinks for their patrons (which is a rarity in Tawau… so far only the Multibake branches as well as the Kurtos Spiroll store has this facility). This relatively new bakery is located smack in the middle of the Gaya Commercial Centre (the commercial area beside Taman Gaya B). 

What’s interesting to me about this place was the classy looking décor that resembles that of a modern café. I initially thought that it was a new coffee-and-tea type of café but upon stepping into the vicinity, discover that it was actually a bakery with various types of sweet and savoury offerings. Obviously the owner had some moolah to spare eh? After ogling at their goodies for a while, I’ve decided to take away some Pandan Peanut Crepes, Choco Mexico Bun and Peanut Piang (the latter being one of my favourite munchies during my childhood years). All tasted above average but there’s still room for improvement. Among the drinks that are available includes the usual suspects; coffees, lattes, mochas, teas and ice blended drinks. I didn’t have a chance to try them out yet (since I was pressed for time) but I’ll probably be coming back to do so later so do stay tune folks. 

(Side note: Have just discovered that the bakery might indeed be related to the Multibake franchise since their pastries & cakes looked identical - I'd just realized it during my visit to the latter)

Other than that…

Food – 3/5 (have the potential to be better)
Price – 4/5 (very reasonable despite the implementation of the GSTs)
Service – 3/5 (they do look a bit apprehensive as I was snapping pictures of the place – hardly their fault of course, hahaha…)
Décor – 4/5 (loving the whole classy café vibe)
Location – 4/5 (there’s only a row of shops there so you can’t possibly miss them)

** Current status – Still in operation (as of September 2017) 









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TwinklePan (KK FoodieVenture #76)

After satisfying our craving for sushi at the nearby Sushi King (on the lower ground floor of 1Borneo Hypermall), my tongue was in need of something sweet as we did not have any dessert after our said meal. So as me and my partner were walking just a few paces ahead, we’d come across this particular kiosk that had somehow caught my eyes. A little digging done on the internet showed that this particular brand is actually a franchise of sorts, mostly covering Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei. But what caught my attention was the lovely looking brownies being displayed on their display cases. Obviously I had to give them a try and even requested to add the chocolate sauce on top of it (you can also have it sans the sauce or top it off with some ice-cream) and it tasted reasonably sweet and yummy. Not mind-blowing or anything but still pretty good with the gooey ganache on top. My partner was more interested in their cinnamon rolls and decided to try both their original and the chocolate topping version. I took a bite out of both and discovered that it doesn’t seem to impress me that much. Granted, I did not have that much of an experience eating cinnamon rolls before (probably only once or twice, a number of years back) but their product reminded me of the Kurtos Spiroll's kurtos kalacs for some strange reason.

Nevertheless…

Food – 3/5 (definitely go for the brownies, with the chocolate sauce of course)
Price – 3/5 (mid-range I guess)
Service – 3/5 (pretty smooth despite only one person manning the kiosk)
Décor – 4/5 (it actually took me awhile to figure out their name though – no joke)
Location – 4/5 (they’re not that far off from the KFC franchise, if I’d remember them correctly anyways)  




*Brownies with Chocolate Sauce

*Chocolate Cinnamon Roll

*Original Cinnamon Roll


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Sushi King 1Borneo (KK FoodieVenture #75)

As me and my partner has some errands to do at 1Borneo Hypermall during our short (but frequent) trip to KK, I suddenly got a craving for some sushi so off we went to the Sushi King outlet on the lower ground floor. Every branch has a similar setting so it was quite obvious for us to park ourselves right beside their sushi conveyor belt (as seen on our previous trip to their Centre Point branch) as both of us were fans of sushis (or the act of taking a sushi from the belt to be exact – don’t ask me to elaborate on the why though). This time around we took on their Tuna Mayo, Egg Mayo, Tori Karaage, Salmon Mayo, Kani Tobikko and Tsubukko. All of the sushis tasted fresh but vary in terms of tastes. I personally like their Tori Karaage sushi the best as I like the crispy taste of their chicken chunks but not too fond of their Egg Mayo sushi as it tasted weird to me for some reason (the egg might not be mixed well?). Oh and another reason why we loved eating from the conveyor belt was because you can ‘plan’ your meal by taking the sushis according to their given prices (yup, we’re cheap that way - hahaha).

On another note…

Food – 4/5 (loved them despite the little taste 'setback')
Price – 3/5 (I still think that this is one of the place to get well-priced sushis in KK)
Service – 3/5 (still pretty slow in servicing anything that wasn’t on the conveyor belt)
Décor – 4/5 (I’m somewhat attracted to the lantern like feature on their walls)
Location – 3/5 (their right beside the Chicken Rice Shop if I’m not mistaken)




*I think this is the Tuna Mayo sushi...

*the Kani Tobikko...

* the Egg Mayo...

* the Tsubukko (or Tobikko? I can't differentiate them)

* the Tori Karaage...

* and the Salmon Mayo


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