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Truffle Bar & Restaurant

So my first foray into the gastronomic world within yet another newly opened commercial area called Kubota Sentral (situated right beside the well known Kubota Square & right behind Bintang Kubota) introduces me to this western cuisine restaurant. Just to be more specific, they’re located at the main entrance leading into the commercial area and visible from the Kubota Food Court

The modern and classy looking restaurant has a fine dining atmosphere to it and I personally find it refreshing since we do not have many of those here in Tawau (don’t worry though, they’re more casual than you think). But what really attracted me to give them a try was when I saw their Christmas lunch promotion from their FB page. And with an even attractive price, I wasted no time in stopping by one late afternoon (well, it was more towards tea time by the time we were there). After going through their menu, me and my mom decided to try out their Sweet & Sour Fish Rice as well as their Spaghetti Chicken Bolognese and both were savoury and flavoursome. My mom especially appreciated the lovely plating of her dish and I also loved the portioning of my pasta, as it was bigger than expected. They also include a fresh orange juice with their very affordable December lunch promo so I highly recommend everyone to give them a go. They’re opened throughout the day (from 11am to 10pm if I’m not mistaken) especially during this festive month.

Moreover…

Food – 4/5 (loved the quality of their dishes)
Price – 4/5 (do give their promo items a try folks)
Service – 4/5 (very prompt even though we came during the odd hours)
Décor – 4/5 (clean, classy & comfortable = the 3Cs that I absolutely loved)
Location – 3/5 (my only peeve with their place was that there wasn’t any immediate parking nearby – you do need to make a huge turn around the building and park at the backside of the area)

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










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LowCost Cafe

So before I begin, let me just get something straighten out first okay. No… the food and drinks available within the eatery were not priced at a ‘low cost’ but instead can be considered as very reasonable. The outlet that I’ve visited recently was their Muhibbah Square branch (as oppose to their main branch at Taman Sawit, Balung), yet another new commercial area along Jalan Muhibbah and located right in front of G-Mart Supermarket. 

Since me and my mom were checking out the somewhat newly opened supermarket within said commercial area (since it’s not that far from where we live), we got hungry and decided to dropped by for a quick lunch. I was told by a colleague that the cook was a Thai national so I wasted no time in trying out their White Tom Yam, couple with some Nasi Goreng Lalap (my go-to dish) as well as Sweet & Sour Chicken Rice for my mom. Portioning for the food listed was on the smaller side (befitting the ‘reasonable prices’ that I’ve mentioned) but still pretty sufficient and was actually quite delicious. I like the fact that their tom yam was not too spicy and has a nice fragrance to it. The sour taste was also nicely done and just tickles my tongue into emptying said dish.

On a side note…

Food – 4/5 (surprisingly pretty good – giving them thumbs up for this)
Price – 3/5 (very reasonable indeed)
Service – 2/5 (note to said eatery – I would appreciate it if the waitress did not act all condescending towards the customers)
Décor – 3/5 (very hip and laid-back but the wooden seats does feel a bit uncomfortable to sit in)
Location – 3/5 (they’re at the far end of the commercial area)

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








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Restoran Resepi Bonda

Since my partner is a die-hard footie fan, I got dragged into places that I never thought I would’ve gone numerous times in the past. So when he found out the existence of this particular restaurant (bearing his numero uno team no less) he wasted no time in coaxing me to stop by the latter, which is located at Jalan St. Patrick (the single row shop right in front of LA Hotel).

This restaurant is an obvious hub for local Liverpool FC fans to gather around and trash talk other teams each time there’s a big game being streamed live (from my personal observation of course). But if you’re not into the whole football scene, you can always opt to immerse yourself in your own gastronomic world and ordered an array of local dishes available from the menu (like I did). I’ve eaten their Nasi Ayam Lalap (which was surprisingly appetizing although some might argue that it was a tad salty) as well as some Grilled Chicken Wings from a stall nearby (so-so at best). My partner had their Nasi Goreng Cina and he’d also said that it was quite tasty despite the less appealing look (well, it’s either that or because his team was scoring the moment I’d asked him about it). One thing that I would like for them to highlight on is their cleanliness though (or the lack of it to be exact).    

Nevertheless…

Food – 4/5 (pretty satisfactory for a themed restaurant)
Price – 3/5 (still on the medium side)
Service – 3/5 (can do with a bit of speed)
Décor – 3/5 (not as extensively decorated as Chiffonade but still pretty appealing)
Location – 4/5 (it’s visible from the main road leading up the St Patrick’s Church)

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







**Yup, my partner is standing by his team, no matter what



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Big Apple Donuts & Coffee

I still remember the time when Big Apple Donuts & Coffee first opened its doors here in Tawau (specifically in Fajar Complex, on the same row as Kingston Executive Hotel) a few years back. Man, you could barely make it to their cashier counter due to the overwhelming crowd and very long queues. But now that the hyped has died down, the situation is the exact opposite of the latter. When I suddenly had the urged for some donuts recently, it does not escape my attention that the place was pretty vacant. But on the other hand, I did get to sit down and enjoy my donuts peacefully so it’s all good (for me at least).

Since they’re the one and only donut shop here in Tawau, I can’t complain much on the variety of their pastry since I do admit that it is quite vast. But what I do want to comment on however is their sometimes overbearingly sweet flavours. For example, I opted for their Java Lava, Chocoholic and Mimi Lolo donuts and the former was by far the sweetest one of them all. Granted, I do love its (very) chocolate-y flavour but even a self-proclaimed ‘chocoholic’ such as myself would agree that the sweetness should be taken down a notch. Ever heard of ‘less is more’ Big Apple? Ironically though, I did ordered their Ice Peach Tea to wash off my tongue and got a very watered down version of said drink. Definitely not worth paying RM8 for something that you could easily buy elsewhere (the drink is from the Lipton variety) for half the price.

In addition…

Food – 4/5 (would loved it if they’d just dialled down their sweetness a bit)
Price – 3/5 (has seen an increased due to the GSTs)
Service – 4/5 (pretty prompt – probably because I was the only one there)
Décor – 4/5 (your typical brownish Big Apple trademark decor)
Location – 4/5 (they’re also right next to King Park Hotel)

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





  
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