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Brunei Restaurant Review: SCRXpress Citis Square

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SCR Xpress Citis Square is a restaurant that doesn’t need much introduction. It’s quite a popular restaurant for it’s fast consistent food and comfortable settings. They open from daily 7:30 am until 10pm except for Friday 12pm – 2 pm prayer times. Usually during breakfast, lunch and dinner times, this restaurant would be packed with loyal customers.

 

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SCR XPress is located at the first floor of Citis Square. from here you can see it’s balcony section.

 

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The restaurant has quite a colourful interior setting and pretty spacious as well – there’s a few sections to cater for different crowds.

 

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For those who like a little bit more of privacy, they have a section with tall chairs to give some privacy and quality time for your family, dates or meetings.

 

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For those who like to sit outdoors, they have a balcony outside and it’s quite a nice place to chill especially at night when there’s a good amount of breeze. I was surprised that even during lunch time, there are some who like to have their lunch here!

 

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There’s also quite a lot of space outside the restaurant area, with three air conditioners to keep them comfortable. This area is usually packed during lunch time!

 

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Another thing to note is that SCR Xpress restaurant is involved in giving back to the community ~ they recently hosted a blood donation campaign and served good food to those who donated! That’s a good gesture indeed! Look forward to more of these!

 

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SCR Xpress Citis Square is not only about the ambience of course – their value for money food is the main reason it’s popular. Now let’s check out some of their signatures!

 

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SCR Xpress Citis Square is certified halal by the Brunei Halal Board

 

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They have quite a selection of drinks – such as this thirst quenching four sour drink – Quite a refreshing drink especially during hotter days!

 

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Their Coffee C and Rosie Queen drinks are very good too! A very good combo ~~~~ ooo and my friends were raving about the Jasmine Cin Cau Milk Tea! So give these a try!

 

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I’m more of a coffee guy ~ so I went for a Coffee C Special which is Coffee with milk and grass jelly (cincau) ~~ mmmm ~~

 

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Stating the obvious – SCR stands for Singapore Chicken Rice and therefore – their popular dish here is their steamed or roasted chicken rice. I love the fact that they have good blended ginger and chili sauce to accompany their moist juicy chicken. They have good chicken rice but they have such a great variety of other good dishes! You can’t be that popular with only one dish ~~

 

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Their Sarawak Laksa is one of their signatures ~~ though it is not as rich as your typical Kuching Laksa, it doesn’t lose in terms of flavour. Probably a lighter version (probably healthier too!)

 

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Tom Yam Noodles Soup for those who want a bit of a fiery kick to their meals ~~ HOT! For fire breathing dragon readers – if this is not hot enough for you ~ you can always request for more chili padi! HAHAHA! You can order Tom Yam Soup on it’s own without the noodles to complement your other dishes.

 

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Their Fried Seafood Kway Teow is actually pretty good ~ with a good amount of caramelization (wok hei) and balanced seasoning. They do have the option of chicken and beef as well.

 

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Another noodle dish we liked was this Mushroom Chicken Noodles – the sauce seriously matches it very well! Thumbs up!

 

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I have to admit – when I saw stuffed chicken wings on the menu – I immediately ordered it and wasn’t disappointed! It is served with chicken rice and sunny side up egg ~~ I must say – it’s good!

 

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Oooo yeshhh ~~ Another angle of their stuffed chicken wings ~~

 

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Their boxing chicken is served with a good sweet tangy sauce ~~ and pretty popular too! Easy to eat and goes well with the rice.

 

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We Bruneians love our buttermilk chicken and I’m happy to say SCR Xpress’s Buttermilk Chicken is good! It got the most votes for favourite dish of the night!

 

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Would you want a bite of this? Say yes say yes ~~

 

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Another staple of Brunei is the iconic Ayam Penyet ~~ SCR Xpress’s version is more on the crispy side and served with a good spicy sambal!

 

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Speaking of Sambal. they also serve sambal prawns ~~ for those who love a good kick!

 

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and one simply mustn’t forget another of their star dish ~~ Butter Prawns ~~ another rich indulgence dish favourite for Bruneians!

 

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Dining out with friends or family – there’s bound to be one of those that doesn’t want to have local delicacies but prefers a more western touch ~~ they serve sandwiches, fish and chips or chicken chops with chips ~~ such as this one ~~

 

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My dining guests for the night: Gzul, Maurina, Hazidie and Reedah ~~ we had quite a good feast for the night ~ and enjoyed ourselves. Overall – SCR Xpress’s food is consistent and quick to come out as well. The prices are very good value for money. An excellent place for a quick lunch in my opinion but also a good restaurant for family and friend’s gathering.

 

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If you want to book the restaurant or part of it for functions or catering – with complimentary cakes and balloons! The restaurant is pretty big and can definitely cater to big groups. They also offer outdoor catering for all occasions.

 

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Do give them a call to make plans for upcoming functions!

 

SCR Xpress Restaurant Citis Square

1st Floor Citis Square

Tel: 2339391 or 7180315

Email: scrx2citis@gmail.com

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Charcoal BBQ and Grill Specials: Surf and Turf

 

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Charcoal BBQ and Grill has always introduced specials from time to time and this time they decided to bring one of the favourites of steak houses and western restaurants: The Surf and Turf! What is Surf and Turf? Well – basically it’s a combination of proteins from land and sea in one dish ~~ let’s take a look at the four special surf and turf that Charcoal chefs have specially created for us ~~ while waiting for the food – enjoy the Charcoal Signature Chips first ~ nom nom ~~

 

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First on the list is the Middle Eastern style Surf and Turf.

 

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A combination of beef and scallops marinated with Middle Eastern influenced spices, and skewered together with black-green olives, cherry tomatoes and raita cucumbers.

 

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The side dishes includes a gorgeous cheese baked eggplants, Asparagus and Pita bread to enjoy with! God I love the cheesy side dish!

 

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Next on the list is influenced by our neighbours Thailand. Here we have beef oyster blade, with prawns marinated with Thai herbs and spices, and dressed with a Thai BBQ Sauce. The sides are fresh cucumber salad and hearty pumpkin mash!

 

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Next is the mother of all surf and turf – the American Classic – Tenderloin and Prawns with cajun seasoning.

 

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Who can say no to a juicy tender piece of steak, with some grilled prawns on the side?! To make things better – there’s mashed peas, sweet potato fries and a bernaise sauce ~~ w00 h00!

 

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Last but not least is the Bruneian inspired surf and turf. Can you believe  in a combination of Squid and Lamb? I guess only in Brunei will we see this cool combination of Surf and Turf but hey ~ it works ~~ who doesn’t like Lamb or Squid? Why not combine them together?!

 

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The marination and the sauce of this dish is so secretive that when the chefs make the sauce, they locked the kitchen door! They wouldn’t even tell me what’s the sauce! They just say it’s a Bruneian inspired sauce! It just works very well with the Lamb! My friends Marul, Reedah and Aziz throughly enjoyed them too!

 

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Besides their Surf and Turf specials,  don’t forget to check out Charcoal’s Monthly specials: Check out that herb crusted tender lamb loin! *drools*

 

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Last but not least ~~ let’s have some dessert at Charcoal ~~ oooooh how can one say no to Haagen Dazs?!

 

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There’s ALWAYS room for more Haagen Dazs!

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Brunei Food Events: Sorisso invites guest chef from Italy

It is no secret that I like the Italian food at Brunei’s famous Italian restaurant Sorisso and I just realized that it is their Fourth Year Anniversary this 18th August! Congratulations Chef Salvo for this achievement!

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For this special occasion, Chef Salvo has invited a dear friend all over from Italy as a guest chef in his restaurant in Brunei.

Chef Claudio Cucchiarelli is a widely travelled Italian chef who has been cooking up authentic Italian food for the past 40 years for Hilton Hotel in Algiers, Conrad Hotel in Cairo, Hilton Hotel in Seoul, Sunway Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Hotel Borobudur in Jakarta and Kempinski Hotel in Dubai and Bankso, Bulgaria. He hopes to deliver the flavour of Italy to the diners of Brunei. The Symphony of Italian Regions

 

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Members of the media and bloggers were invited to taste some of Chef Claudio Cucchiarelli’s Italian recipes on 16th April Thursday night. Diners will be able to check out his cooking from 18th April until 3rd May at Sorisso restaurant in Regent Square Kiulap.

 

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Chef Salvo, the owner of the restaurant, explaining the dishes together with Chef Claudio Cucchiarelli to members of the media.

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Our appetizers were gorgeously seared scallops, served with caviar, and italian style legumes, with a side of salad. A good light start to the meal.

 

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Our soup packs quite a punch. This is Tuscany style crab soup with fish quenelles, like a fish dumpling.

 

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Italians like to have pasta before the mains and here’s their home made pasta with a simple fresh tasting Genovese Pesto served with lobster ragout.

 

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This is my favourite dish of the night – the Mediterranean style pan fried cod served on a bed of Venetian styled smoked vegetables. I like the crispy skin of the cod and the slightly creamy flesh, which goes well with the smokiness of the vegetables. Thumbs up!

 

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The other main is this gorgonzola blue cheese stuffed rack of lamb, served with grilled asparagus, red beetroot mash (which is quite nice and something new to me) with sweet and sour almond cream as a sauce on the side.

 

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Alin trying to be Wolverine ~ always playful with his food ~~

 

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Our dessert was a home made mixed nuts parfait, served with a mixed berries coulis to balance the creamy dessert.

 

To have a taste of Guest Chef Claudio Cucchiarelli recipes, check out Sorisso from 18th April till 3rd May in Regent Square. Do give them a call to check whether seats are available!

 

Sorisso Restaurant and Pizzaria

Regent Square, #14/15 Block B Grd Floor, Kampong Kiarong (Kiulap)

Tel: 2233030

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