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Brunei Sungkai 2015: Food Arena Jumbo Buffet

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Variety is the spice of life and also the spice of Ramadhan buffets in Brunei. We are simply spoiled for choice and now Food Arena which is comprised of many restaurant brands have gotten together to introduce their Jumbo buffet! The restaurants involved are from Modesto Bistro and Grill, Dapur Penyet, Lof Bakery, Twinklepan and last but not least Korean Ice Cream Hippo and Bees.

 

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Located at Seri Q-Lap Mall (where the Kiulap cinemas are) – they have quite a huge space and can accommodate up to 200 pax according to the management. The Jumbo buffet offers quite a selection of food choices: Western and Arabic food from Modesto, Indonesian Cuisine from Dapur Penyet, Breads, Pastries and Cakes from LOF Bakery, Pretzels and Waffles from Twinklepan and Korean Soft Serve Ice Cream from Hippos and Bees.

 

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The Food Arena started last year when they took over Giant Supermarket area of the mall and renovated it to be one of the popular eateries in Brunei. Modesto has been a popular Western Asian restaurant in Batu Bersurat while Dapur Penyet, which opened last year, is an International Franchise, which has pretty good Indonesian food especially famous for their Ayam Penyet and Sambals (they can be pretty packed during the usual lunch hours)

 

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I can’t help but admire their wall of quotes ~~~ good spot to take some Instagram photos ~~ #hipster #hipstergram

 

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Let’s check out the food menu for tonight ~~ we have some chicken roll, baked mussels with cheese and ebiko, Cucumber Canapes with feta cheese ~~

 

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Salsa and chips to start? *adds some Jalapenos*

 

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Fancy cold cuts platter ~~

 

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Pretty good thin crust crispy pizzas

 

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Soup of the day was Vegetarian soup ~~ and they also serve these gorgeous mashed potatoes ~~

 

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Drizzle some gravy ~~~ *drools*

 

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Now for some salads or vegetables: here’s some Baby Bak Choy with garlic soy sauce

 

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Stir fried veggies with prawns ~~

 

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They also got some Arabic style green salad where you can mix and match with the condiments ~~

 

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Now let’s look at their main courses section – this is the Western section ~~

 

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Roasted Chicken with Spicy Chili Sauce ~~ man that looks good ~~~

 

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Barbecued Rack of Lamb ~~ smacks lips ~~ these will taste good when eating with your hands while watching football ~~~

 

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Chicken Skewers ~~ with a good dipping sauce ~~

 

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Beef Stroganoff Meatballs ~~~ man ~~ how could I say no to these ~~

 

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I’ve always been fond of Arabian food so this brings a smile to my face ~~

 

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One simply doesn’t say no to lamb curry ~~ especially when there’s aromatic Arabic style rice ~~ to enjoy the tender lamb soaking in this delicious curry!

 

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Chicken Khabsa ~ An Arabic style chicken cooked in tomato and spices ~~ a perfect combo with the basmati rice!

 

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This might seemed be the supporting cast to the Lamb Curry and Chicken Khabsa but this tastes really good when paired with any gravy or curry dishes!

 

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Ahhh ~~ some good old fashioned Chicken Shawarma ~~

 

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Chicken and Beef Sheekh Kebab ~~~

 

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Wrap your meats with these yummy breads ~~

 

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and enjoy with these two dips! Ahhhhh ~~ hummus and garlic mayo ~~ my favourite Arabic condiments ~~ You can dip the garlic mayo with pretty much any meat or vegetables ~~

 

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Now to move on to Dapur Penyet’s signature Indonesian cuisine! You gotta love some tauhu and Tempe Goreng!

 

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Telur goreng madu ~~ fried hardboiled eggs with sweet sauce ~~

 

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Spicy Stir Fried Pakis Vegetable ~~ ooooh yesssh!

 

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Indonesian style stir fried long beans ~~

 

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Tomes Daging Cabe Hijau – Spicy stir fried beef with green chilies ~~

 

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I didn’t know indonesians have their own versions of Pandan Chicken ~~ marinated chicken wrapped in pandan leaves and deep fried ~~

 

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Rich Chicken Curry ~~~

 

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Ayam Goreng Jakarta ~~ Signature Dapur Penyet dish ~~~ DROOOLS ~~ NOW WHERE IS MY SAMBAL!

 

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Why ~~ they are at the nasi lemak station ~~ *oh yes ~~~ Nasi Lemak for the win!*

 

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Three of my preferred sambals ~~~the Sambal Hijau can be quite spicy but I love it ~ while I always have a liking for Percik Sauce since my last Kelantan trip ~~

 

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Some peanuts and ikan bilis to make your nasi lemak complete ~~

 

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Naturally – this is my plate of Nasi Lemak Indonesia ~~ *droools* I gotta say the coconut fragrant of the rice is just right for my taste! Thumbs up to this down to earth food!

 

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Don’t forget to make your own Indonesian Salad ~~ Gado Gado ~~ a mix of vegetables dressed with a spicy peanut sauce!

 

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There’s also a Mee Soto station ~~ another down to earth local favourite of Bruneians ~~~

 

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Speaking of stations – they have a roasts and carvery station where they have roast beef and roast chicken ~~ they will slice and cut for you at your request ~~~

 

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Don’t miss out their pasta section where they cook three types of pastas to order ~~

 

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Ooo hello there ~~~

 

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Beef Bacon Carbonara ~~~~ *drools*

 

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Young family getting ready to Sungkai ~~~ kids are just sooo cute!

 

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Food Arena’s Jumbo buffet is far from complete! What?! There’s still much more?! Yes ~~ that’s why it’s called a Jumbo buffet you dumbo! This Jumbo buffet serves quite a lot of desserts ~ see the desserts here? That’s all part of the buffet!

 

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You got various local kuih such as Kuih Batik ~~

 

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Different types of Kuih Lapis ~~

 

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Kuih Mata Kucing ~ but I remembered it looks similar to belacan and some call this Kuih Belacan! LOL

 

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Kuih Bingka Susu and Bingka Pandan ~~ a popular choice ~~

 

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Oreo or blueberry cheesecakes ~~? Take your pick ~~~

 

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They also have a big selection of jellies and mousses ~

 

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Here’s a view of most of them ~~~ *tries one by one* Nom Nom ~~

 

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Are you tired already? We’re far from done with desserts!! What?! MORE DESSERT?! Well ~~ Lof Bakery has plenty more desserts to offer! Maybe you should had saved some space for dessert! Muahahaha!

 

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Oooo that Pandan Sponge Cake looks so light and fluffy ~~~

 

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Cream Puffs ~~

 

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Chocolate Cakes ~~

 

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All these tarts, kuih mors and mini pastries makes me feel like it’s Hari Raya already ~~ where you get lots of them while visiting relatives and friends!

 

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They have a fondue section as well ~~ wooo ~~~

 

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It’s really party time! look at these cute cakes!

 

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Sugary sweets like colourful meringes ~~~

 

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Colourful macarons ~~

 

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Of course ~~ some lovely marshmallows on stick for you to enjoy the chocolate fondue ~~~ fountain of love .. oops I mean chocolate ~~ ooo that’s the same ~~ #loveischocolate

 

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Oooooh yessshhhhh!!! ITU DIA! THIS IS IT!

 

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Be sure to try out some Indonesian style dessert called Es Teler ~~ Indonesian style ABC ~~

 

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Here’s my attempt to make one myself ~ hee hee ~~ icy goodness! Avocado with shaved ice, coconut milk and jackfruit syrup is awesome!

 

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Regular ABC we are used to ~ if you’re not adventurous ~~ orr ~~ you could add these to your Es Teler! Brilliant!

 

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Don’t forget to eat your fruits! Shhh ~~ Don’t tell mum I didn’t eat any tonight ~~ LOL ~~ cos I am saving space for ~

 

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Ding ding ding ding ~~ Twinklepan pretzels and waffles ~~~

 

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Pretzel lovers would be happy to see they have three types for their buffet: The parmesan cheese, the original and the cinnamon sugar ~

 

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Ooooh their waffles are pretty crispy and light!

 

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Oooh yes ~~~~

 

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Chocolate, Peanut Butter or Kaya? Mmmmm ~~

 

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Last but not least ~~ are these Korean Style Organic Soft Serve Ice cream ~~ Three different flavours to choose from for the buffet ~~ Original, Chocolate or Strawberry ~~~

 

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Feels like a baby when you eat these ~~ one definitely is not enough ~~~ don’t worry ~~ it’s ALL YOU CAN EAT KOREAN ICE CREAM! w000 h0000!! *insert loud cheer*

 

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They say ~~ think outside the box ~~ what would make these waffles or pretzels taste even better? Why ~~ with ice cream of course!

 

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ooooh ~~ yes yes yes yes ~~~~ marvelous~~ the ice cream is a good dip for the pretzels too!

 

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Can you honestly say no to this? All the crispy waffles and Korean ice cream you can eat ~~~ Ooooh La la ~~~~

 

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Now how to get some good discounts. if you are BIBD card members you can enjoy 30 percent off the following dates 25 June, 2, 9 and 16 July. There’s also good discounts for other days for BIBD Card holders.

 

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Diners will also have a chance to a win a flight ticket to SINGAPORE, KUALA LUMPUR or KOTA KINABALU, or 10 other consolation prizes! Draw will be made on the 1st November 2015.

 

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Here’s more detail for you to check out about the Lucky Draw

 

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Do check out Cyril’s post about Food Arena Jumbo Buffet as he tried the buffet spread on a different day (click on the picture or here to read)

 

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Rano was also at the Jumbo Buffet so do look up his blog as well if you want more information about the Food Arena Jumbo Buffet (Click on the picture or here to read Rano’s post)

 

 

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The Jumbo Buffet by Food Arena is 29.90 per adult and 15.90 per child. For that you get a wide variety of Western, Arabic and Indonesian cuisine and a wide variety of desserts from popular restaurants under one buffet! It’s preferable to call and book in advance!

 

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Food Arena,

Ground Mall Seri Q-lap Mall

Call +673 7151177  +673 720 9777

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