Thanis Lim

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Brunei Sungkai 2018: The Silk Road Restaurant

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The Silk Road Restaurant was one of the new kids on the block last year who did very well during the ramadhan month with their sungkai buffet. This year to bring in something new for the crowd, they injected new flair by teaming up with the popular Nyamantastic, who has a good following from Belait district – to offer us their sungkai buffet for only $15 adults/$10 children.


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The introduction of Nyamantastic adds a Western Fusion flair to their typical Chinese/Malay cuisine Sungkai buffet line up ~~


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The Silkroad live up to its name for having a pretty oriental setup in terms of decor ~~


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First up ~ the drinks station ~~ a good mix of hot and cold drinks to quench your thirst ~~


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Oooo did you spot these gorgeous cendol or cincau ~~~ *MOUTH WATERING INTENSIFIES*


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While restaurants serve dates usually to let your break your fast ~~ The Silk Road Restaurant offers alternatives to dates like pickled plums or dried fruits as well ~~ *mouth waters*


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These snacks really hit you right at the childhood! Good memories of having these during Raya or CNY ~~ so happy to see them on the buffet ~~


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Biscuit Puteng ~~ or some call the nipple biscuits ~~ what a cute name ~~ when was the last time you had these?!


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Can I have these as my appetizers please? Or maybe as dessert ~ mmm ~~ super IG worthy don’t ya think?


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Now let’s take a look at their other appetizers ~~ today they have assorted cucur cucur sayur, pisang and ubi ~~ classic Bruneian favourites ~~


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I’m always a sucker for fried wontons and popiah ~~ mmm ~~


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Mmm ~~ they have kebabs for today’s menu! SCORE!!


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Sayur ulam ulam with belacan ~~


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Ahhh ~ down to earth comfort food ~~ are you a telur masin and century egg fan? I’ll take both please!!


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Now for the mains ~~ roast duck is their daily specials of the day ~~ mmm ~~


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Their live roast duck station where they slice them for you as you order ~~


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Sliced beautifully ~~ drizzle with sauce ~~ ooooh yeshh ~~


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They also have lamb on their menu everyday ~~ quite good value – having lamb and roast duck on the menu for only $15? That’s a really good bargain don’t you think?!


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Nyamantastic obviously has his influence on part of the main courses ~~ as you can see from these yummy beef sliders ~~~ pretty good! It’s no wonder his food is popular in Belait!


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Salmon fried rice ~~ gives a pretty healthy yet delicious touch to the Silk Road Buffet ~~ a visit by the Europeans ~~~ heh heh ~~


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The Silk Road is very famous for their satay last year – and this year the recipe is still the same ~~ good old fashioned yummy satays!


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One simply does not walk into The Silk Road and not have some of their delicious charcoal grilled satays!


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Teriyaki beef ~~ mm ~~


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Quite the delightful assam curry fish ~~ mmm ~~


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Spaghetti Bolognaise The Silk Road style ~~~


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Umbut masak lemak ~ mmm ~~ I love these sliced heart of palm ~~ perfect!


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They have a rotation of either curry noodles or laksa ~~ today it’s curry noodles ~~ woo hoo ~~


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Siok la ~~~ slurpalicious goodness! Chicken Curry Mee ~~~


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They will rotate their soup of the day as well ~~ this is their tom yum soup ~~


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This is their sup tulang from another day ~~~ oooh yesh ~~~


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Now on to desserts after all the yummy main course! Healthy fresh sliced fruits are a good way to start your dessert ~~



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Or fancy jazzing up your dessert with this fruit cocktail ~~~


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The Silk Road definitely adds more nostalgic value by have quite a lot of good old fashioned kueh mueh ~~


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Kueh Lapis or Kuih Bingka?


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The type of kueh you sit down and eat slowly while having a chat with your buddies or family ~~


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Gorgeous mango pudding ~~~~


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Last but not least ~~ is this bowl of bubur cha cha ~~~~ mmm ~~


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Overall – The Silk Road Restaurant X Nyamantastic belongs to the mid range category in terms of pricing. The food choices are very good value considering you have roast duck and also lamb daily ~ a good mix of Western flair from Nyamantastic and Chinese/Malay dishes! The Silk Road buffet will be very popular again this year and it is definitely advisable to make your bookings early!


Call 2230471 or 7145539  to make your reservations!!


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An idea of the daily rotated menus ~~ Mm ~~ now which other day should I pay them a visit again?

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Brunei Sungkai 2018: SCR Xpress Citis Square

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SCR Xpress Citis Square is a restaurant that is located at the first floor of Citis Square, from here you can see it’s balcony section, just right above the popular cafĂ© It’s A Grind. For the past few Sungkais, SCR Xpress has established itself as one of the best value places to Sungkai in Brunei. Down to earth good food and with a variety of comfortable setting, two proper Surau for you to pray later and the location is very strategic as well, your family can go jalan jalan or a movie right after sungkai and prayers!


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At only $8.88 per adult – that’s a super bargain considering the comfortable spacious setting and prime location of the restaurant! Despite the reputation of buffets at this price range notorious for not refilling constantly, I noticed that they were very quick with refilling and ensured everyone got to eat till they are satisfied!


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They have both lobby and indoor seating – there’s no need to worry about feeling uncomfortable sitting at the lobby as there’s sufficient air-conditioning outside as well as fans.


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Inside the restaurant gives you quite a colourful interior setting and pretty spacious as well


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They have a section with comfy tall seats to give some privacy and quality time for your family, dates or meetings.


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If you have young children – there’s no problem as this is a very well equipped family restaurant – baby chairs are readily available – just be sure to call in advance and let them know.


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For those who like a bit more sunlight – you can sit at their balcony side and as you can see at the top left of this picture – there’s even air-cond and fans to keep you cool ~~


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You don’t have to worry about the queue lines as much even though there’s outside and inside seating because they actually have two buffet lines ~~ this is to ensure maximum comfort for the diners when they are taking the food for Sungkai ~~


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The outside buffet line up ~


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Naturally ~ since SCR is famous for their chicken rice ~~ you will see their popular fragrant chicken rice on the menu as well as white rice for you to choose ~


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SCR’s famous Singapore roasted chicken rice ~~ consider a plate of chicken rice nowadays is already $3.50 – this is a very good bargain indeed!


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Enjoy with their chicken rice chili sauce and acar ~~ hu hu hu ~~


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*drools* Chicken rice for sungkai anyone?


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SCR rotates their menu daily so even if you come on different days – you get a different menu ~~ and get a feel of their other signature dishes ~~ this is their lemon chicken chop ~~ consider if you order lemon chicken chop rice in any restaurant – that itself can be from $4.50 to $6. But you get a buffet of different good dishes here for only $8.88!


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Telur with sambal ikan bilis ~~ oooooh yesshhh!!


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They have different noodles on rotation menu and I was happy to see they have spaghetti today ~~ wooo hooo ~~


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My friend Hafiz commented that it actually taste like Ideal’s spaghetti!


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They have petola veggie with prawns today ~~ mmmmm ~~ I know some of my friends who absolutely love stir fried petola!


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Another dish I was super happy to see on the menu as well! Gulai Sayur Nangka ~~ a very heartwarming comfort food for Bruneians ~~ I think I hit the jackpot coming today! Very good selection!


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Let us also look at the side dishes, desserts and drinks available ~~ what!? You mean for $8.88 – there’s main course – appetizer and desserts?! Wow there’s also soup!?? SUPER GOOD VALUE ALERT ON!


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Dates are a staple must have of any Ramadhan sungkai in Brunei


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Ulam Ulam for you to enjoy with their gorgeous sambal! They actually have two types of sambal today ~~


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Sambal Ikan Bilis ~~


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Sambal belacan ~ oooh my~~~


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I can simply just enjoy belacan with timun and tomatoes just like that!


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I actually also eat my chicken rice ~~ with some of the sambal too ~~ delicious maxx!!


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Round 1 of our yummy SCR Xpress Sungkai!


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Wash all that food down with their drinks of the day ~~ of course ~~ bandung is a must!


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Then have some nice cup of tea and coffee to end your sungkai ~~


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Enjoy some refreshing cut fruits ~~


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Or some of their home made pudding ~~ mmm ~~


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If you feel like having a treat ~~ you can side order some of their new GO4COCO coconut ice cream, puddings or shakes!


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Mmmm ~~~ now this is what I call a happy ending to my meal ~~


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The smile of a happy foodie ~~ Thanis vs GO4COCO ice cream ~~~


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Ahhhhh ~~~ splendid ~~ splendid ~~


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It would be difficult to find any other place in Brunei that offers such a good value Sungkai buffet, with such a comfortable setting in this central location where you can spend some quality family time shopping, jalan jalan or go for a movie after Sungkai/Terawih Prayers.


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Eventhough SCR Xpress can easily fit up to 180 pax – it is highly advisable to call and prebook in advance for such a good value delicious buffet!


SCR Xpress Restaurant Citis Square

1st Floor Citis Square

Tel: 2339391 or 7180315

Email: scrx2citis@gmail.com

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