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Posted: January 25, 2015 in Fine Dining, Fun facts, Kuching, Lifestyle


The atmosfera cafe that i used to know in Kuching was a two storey establishment which offers Asian and Western cuisine on the ground floor, and a coffeehouse on the first floor. But years has past and it was taken over by an Indian cuisine restaurant, like the mamak shops that is abundant in KL.


And… It has a second branch! 😅
I guess its another option other than Bombay Masala 👍


Boardgaming in Kuching

Posted: January 25, 2015 in Gamer, Kuching, Lifestyle


As a boardgamer, i thought my activities would be limited when i am relocated to Kuching, until last night. We found a shop called Tic Tac Toe, opposite The Spring shopping mall behind RHB bank!

It catered boardgaming activities as well as serve beverages and food. Ricky, the owner, is a Kuching boy who once reside in Singapore and started his boardgaming activities from then. He opened his shop slightly more than half a year ago around May 2014

As usual, my intro game for new gamers was The Settlers of Catan cause

1. I know the rules by heart
2. It is easy to follow
3. It has mild element of competetiveness as well as luck.


Im glad that my two best friends from school days found the game interesting and opted for second round of Catan! 😁👍

Prosperous 2015

Posted: January 8, 2015 in Foodie, Gentleman, Kuching

Onlookers, Its the 7th day of January and yet i haven’t uploaded a single blog entry :(. My Turkey trip entry was put on hold. A lot of things are happening very fast. Post Turkey trip, I had 5 days to pack up my 4.5 years of life in bags and boxes and fly back to my hometown. During this MAS flight only had i known that Malaysian airlines only accept two pieces of checked in luggage with a combined weight of 30 kg. Even if the first two pieces of luggage is lighter than 30 kg, the 3rd luggage is considered an excess baggage and therefore charged extra. (MAS would waive this if you are a Gold Enrich member). Since I am only holding a blue Enrich card, I shall strive to fly more to earn more points so that next time, i don’t need to wrap my two boxes into one, to create an illusion of a two piece luggage…Lol

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/41e/25701729/files/2015/01/img_8137.jpg My flight was on December 30th at midnight and the very next day the whole family agreed for a new year eve barbecue. We were a complete set of 10 this new year, and we had a feast of lamb, chicken, fish and grilled brinjal.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/41e/25701729/files/2015/01/img_8169.jpg The get-together didn’t stop there when on new year day we were served the best Laksa Sarawak in Kuching; homemade by my sister in law :).

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/41e/25701729/files/2015/01/img_8324.jpg And on January 4th seafood galore at Lim Hock Ann! The must-haves here were Midin in Shrimp-paste and Sea-cucumber soup. 😉

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/41e/25701729/files/2015/01/img_8211.jpg Before our farewell to my sisters, bro in law and niece, we had a buffet dinner at Waterfront Cafe Hilton Kuching. The cafe had a wide selection of chicken, beef, lamb, fish, duck, octopus and salmon sashimi, crab, crawfish, jelly fish and an array of dishes and desserts (including a chocolate fountain!). My top 3 dishes here were the jelly fish, stir fried lamb and cauliflower gratin. (pic of buffet) It was an excellent start (of feast and festivities ;))) for 2015. Looking back at 2014 and the previous awal muharram post, Several things had been achieved and some will be carried forward. I have settled on my 10 alter-egoes with a superior character to rule them all (courtesy from Lord of the Rings…) The Khalif – The one who rule them all, will try to be a good Muslim, a good son and brother, as well as a good person in general. 1. The Explorer -Achievements in 2014; Hot air balloon in Cappadocia Turkey, island hopped in Lombok, visited Jump street PJ, dined in the Dark, and watched a stand-up comedy show among others. Still a lot more in my KL list… 2015, will probably see me in Royal Belum Resort, Myanmar weekend getaway, Langkawi, and a transborneo trip. Any long distance travel? Haj perhaps? 2. The Foodie – I have been uploading lots of food pictures on Instagram. Perhaps it is time for a review on the food scenes in Kuching. 3. The Hobbyist – Mainly board gaming, and sometimes computer/ipad games. Joined 2014 BGC retreat. will surely join again this year! Will try to set up a boardgame community in Kuching. Will try to finish Mice and Mystics somehow… 4. The Puzzletier – Mainly treasure hunting and iPad puzzle games. Will update myself on happenings in HNN and probably join 2-3 hunts in KL/Penang 5. The Cinephile – Will try and continue my movie reviews 6. The Philanthropist – have to complete my Mercy training this year 7. The Kiddoc – Mrcpch2b? still a mystery… and a publication pending. More journal reads this year for self improvement 8. The Gentleman – Mandarin class will start tomorrow. YAY! Swimming? Guitar lessons? Maybe when i go to Sri Aman, ill apply for one of these classes. Will also try to read more! Lose more weight! (the same goal each year for the past umpteenth years…:P) 9. The Author – will stick to my goal to blog at least an entry per week… daily entry seem a bit too much (although doable). Short story? Probably will start when Im in the district workplace… Website called “All on Kuching”? I need a partner who share the same goal to make this project work. 10. The Entrepreneur – Wisma Mardawi, land clearing and reclamation, one of these (a shophouse near Swinburne, or a beach house in Lundu). I also plan to paint the gates of Nalissa, and fully furnish Catanonia. I pray that 2015 will continue to be filled with blessings and devoid of calamities.


Location : Lot 267, No. 7, Jalan Song Thian Cheok, 93100 Kuching.
Landmark : Adjacent to Malaysia Airlines (MAS)/AIA Office Buildings.
Operating hours : Mon-Sat 0900-2200, Sun 1700-2200
Theme : Indian cuisine, no coconut milk/M.s.g
Air condition : Yes

Contact No : +6082-234934, Mobile Tel. No.: +6019-8897471
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Looking for Halal fine dining in Kuching is usually a hassle amongst locals. Partly because most of our lives are spent living and eating home-cooked meal and the fact that most of the popular, crowd-pulling restaurants are non halal stalls, or simply renowned fast food outlets. Eating out, are usually faced with the dilemma of “where to”s and “what to eat”s. Easy way out? home made!

Recently, the outlook of things have changed. Influx of patrons from out of Sarawak, made fine dining a lucrative business to venture into alongside with the help of increased buying power of the local population. Thus, I hope that this category of reviews would give a good guide on fine dining in this region.

We start off with Lyn’s Thandoori Restaurant. It offers Halal Indian Cuisine as their chefs are Muslim from India (it’s even stated in the intro of their menu). However, at the time of writing, no Halal Certificate from Jakim was displayed. My guess is because they serve wine as well.

It has a wide selection of Indian dishes, for vegans and meat lovers as well. A variety of beriani, chicken, fish, lamb/mutton, beef, prawns, naans and chapattis are cooked in various cooking style. Portion size and price are comparable to renowned fine dining in Indian cuisine I.e. Taste of India but probably slightly more expensive than mamak stalls. The signature dishes, are chicken lambada, rashmi kebab and fish head curry. Ambience? It fulfilled Indian preference but I personally think that the unstated rule of not more than three colours in a room should be followed to prevent eye-sore.

Customers will be served a complimentary papadom and acar as starters. I tried it’s chicken afghani masala, which are boneless chicken cubes wrapped in egg omellette and spread with thick gravy. It was fabulous, with a balance of spice, sweet and salty. Although it looks curry-like, but it tasted not quite. The potato tikka was crisp and hot. The fish chilli probably needs more chilli to uphold it’s name, but it was palatable nonetheless. (probably fish in sweet soy sauce would be a better description).

In the beverage department, there isn’t as much variety as the food. Fresh fruit juice and common refreshments e.g. ice lemon tea, and iced milo are offered. However, I tried the mango lassi, which was freshly made, and I really can’t tell the difference between that, and the yoghurt mango drinks bottled by nestle. Nice…!

Overall 4 of 5 stars. Would be better if Halal certificate can be obtained and try matching the tablecloths/napkin colours ;))