Thursday, November 22, 2007

LUNCH @ ORIENTAL BRISTO, RH HOTEL, JLN. KAMPUNG NYABOR, SIBU

Spaghetti Carbonara

This is a fairly new hotel, which is about a year old - owned by one of the richest man in S.E. Asia. This is one of the diversified investments in his home-ground. This bristo can be best described as minimalist chic - another coyly disguised term for budget-cutting solution to a design dilemma. You can spy shoddy workmanship in its finishing, as in some dislocated louver blades.

The crowning glory of this place is its open-concept eastern kitchen. Everything is open bare for all to see, hear and smell. Thus you get the Kheng-Kwang of the wok, the stench of oil and whatever smell that emanates from the kitchen. One thing I noticed on this visit is that all the diners were seated way away from this part of the kitchen or closer to the buffet table, except us. It doesn't help unless you find a place in the patio under the glaring hot noon sun, because no matter where you sit inside the bistro, you'll be smelling like a well-oiled dish despite the huge exhaust suction fan bellowing above the kitchen.

Lasagna

Fish & Chips

Overall, at first glance the dishes were all delightfully decked out. Can't complain of its price to value factor... unless you're one of those foodgaltarians. The only gripe was the spaghetti; it was void of any flavor and bland, and the toast was, well, toasted!

This could very well be Sibu's Four Seasons on Sunset Boulevard, and at least one can add a new name to one's vocabulary to namedrop with aplomb, beside the oft quoted con-artist, whose company is about to be delisted from the stock exchange.

2 comments:

cooknengr said...

Kheng Kwang is how Sibu chefs talk..no?

Kong-Kay said...

duh?!!!

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