Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

Brunei Cafes: Rack & Brew

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Rack & Brew Boutique Café is the first of its kind in Brunei to combine a fashion boutique and café. A nice place for great food, coffee and shop at the same time.

 

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Dilys Chai and her family have been thinking about the idea of combining a boutique and café for some time, since her family runs restaurants and have a boutique. Why not combine two of life’s greatest pleasures? Shopping and Eating ~~

 

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It was indeed a pleasure for Brunei Foodies gang to be invited to a sneak preview of Rack & Brew. Having a glamour shot with sisters Denise and Dilys Chai.

 

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A dear friend and talented photographer Jane was there at the event as well ~~ be sure to check out her work! https://www.facebook.com/janechingphotography?pnref=lhc

 

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When you enter the café, you will notice the range of furniture and settings in the restaurant, with hidden interesting trinkets to be discovered.

 

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A shot of the ambience ~~

 

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I like the tall benches in the café ~~~ and the chairs are at the perfect height to make seating comfortable.

 

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Marul and Benjamin ~~ food photogs obviously chose this yellow table next to the window for good lighting to shoot the food ~~~ #naturallighting

 

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Want some alone time to do your work and enjoy your coffee? No problem ~ they got small tables like these ~~

 

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Ahhh ~~ enjoying the coffee ~~

 

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Two foodies ~~ Ricky and Billy ~~

 

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Shaun, Deon and Rachel enjoying some dessert ~~

 

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Go up the stairs to the 2nd floor and you will see their available line of clothes and accessories for sale ~~

 

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A very quirky feel to the boutique ~~ hee hee

 

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Now as Maria always say ~ WTF!? Where’s the food?! Wait wait ~~ it’s coming up ~~ now what can you expect from Rack & Brew?

 

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First of all ~~ they make good quality coffee and hot chocolate ~~ the fundamentals of any good café – serve a bad cup of coffee and you won’t last very long in today’s competitive café culture. I always enjoy a cup of flat white but it’s good to have a nice cup of hot chocolate from time to time.

 

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Something cold on a hot day? Lot’s of choices as well such as this ~~ oooohhh making me thirsty already ~~

 

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A big big thumbs is their delicious Kuching Style Chicken Kolomee ~~ with added crispy fried chicken skin to give their kolomee an extra ommmpphh!!!

 

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Seriously ~~ who says no to crispy fried chicken skin? *drools*

 

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They also have a red sauce version which I prefer as it has a slight sweeter taste ~~ the chicken charsiew sauce kolomee ~~ ahhhh sooo good ~~ love the texture of the curly noodles and of course the crispy chicken skin!!

 

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Ooooh be sure to enjoy their crispy curry puffs and chicken puffs ~~ delicious! You can spot them near the counter ~~

 

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Nachos are da bomb!! Crowd favourite and well ~~ always happy to share with friends!

 

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Another one of their signatures is their Soft Shell Crab Eggs Florentine – which is kinda like an eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce but this is served with added spinach ~~ so it becomes an egg florentine. Ooooh myyyy gawddd~~ soft shell crab + poached eggs + spinach + hollandaise sauce? I’m not good at maths but you do the calculations and you know that equates to GOOOOOD EATSS!!! #foodmathematics #softshellcrab #eggporn

 

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Add a cup of coffee to make the formula even better ~~ #ohyesss~~

 

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Burgers wise – they have this special nasi lemak burger ~~ which is a reinterpretation of the local favourite ~~ sambal – eggs – fried chicken – cucumbers ~~ oooooh myyy ~~

 

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Sambal and perfectly pan fried sunny side up egg ~~ with crispy fried boneless chicken ~~ #SOLD #shutupandtakemymoney

 

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Another exciting burger is the beef ribs burger ~~ ooooh my ~~ I know some friends who love biting the meat off the bone ~ and isn’t that an instagram worthy dish?! #foodporn

 

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Their pressed sandwiches are yummy too ~~ this is their sundried tomato chicken sandwich ~~ the melted cheese does look good!

 

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A bit of fusion here as well ~~ their seafood curry pasta is a spicy journey for your taste buds!

 

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They have a few types of crepe lasagnas ~~ but I enjoy their pesto sauce ones ~~packs a lot of herby goodness!

 

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If you like fried stuff ~~ their chicken katsu ~~ breaded chicken with yummy onion rings ~~ served with their in house signature orange sauce should entice you!

 

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Or try their chicken veloute stuffed with cheese and gherkins ~~ mannnn ~~ that certainly looks good!

 

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The Rack & Brew snack platter for those who want a bit of everything ~~ or to share with friends ~~ three different types of potatoes ~~ fries, wedges, waffle fries ~ served with three different type of yummy dips ~~ two mini beef sliders and chicken wings ~~ sounds like a GOOD TIMES platter! hahaaha ~~~

 

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Fancy a bit of excitement with your friends? There’s this Roulette wings ~~ much like Russian Roulette but in the form of yummy chicken wings – there will be two that will be extra spicy and hot! Will you be the lucky one?

 

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One simply does leave Rack & Brew without trying out their lovely cakes! They have quite a big selection and rotate daily ~~ let’s have a look at some of their cakes!

 

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How can we forget about dessert?! Check out their Victorian Sponge Cake that’s beautiful and light!

 

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Simple Lemon Poppyseed Slice ~~

 

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Chocolate Fudge cake ~~

 

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Red Velvet ~~~~~~ *swoons*

 

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Green Tea Cheesecake anyone??

 

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I have tried carrot cake before but have you ever tried a purple carrot cake? Gorgeous!

 

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Nom nom nom nom nom ~~~

 

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That Popcorn Chocolate Cake just looks tooooo gooood to be eaten!

 

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Red Yellow Green ~~~ those drinks certainly will wash down the table of Rack & Brew goodies!

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It was quite packed on a Friday night at Rack & Brew

 

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Bumped into Gary and Jessie with their group of friends ~~

 

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Jaymee, Andy, Linsii (what a pose!), Woon, Shan Wee and Sii Ya having a great time ~~

 

Rack & Brew is located right on top of Paddington House of Pancakes Gadong branch (just next to Mcdonalds Gadong)


 

Opening hours :

Monday to Wednesday 11am to 10pm

Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 11am to 11pm

Friday 2pm to 11pm

Call: 2457886 for more enquiries, reservations and special events

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Tasek Brasserie: Pops and Skewers Buffet

Radisson Hotel’s Tasek Brasserie recently launched their Pops and Skewers Barbecue Buffet for every Friday and Saturday, 6:30pm till 10pm. It promises a good selection of skewered barbecue meats and seafood and create your own pop drinks! An interesting concept and I finally got the chance to check out the buffet last Saturday.

 

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Let’s look at their wonderfully laid out appetizers first ~~ mmm ~~ make your own salads, sushi, spring rolls, cheese block ~~

 

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Buffets have a reputation for mediocre salads but not Tasek Brasserie. I’m quite a fan of their well thought out range of salads from their appetizers section but if you want to make your own ~~ there’s plenty of dressings and ingredients for you to custom make your own salads.

 

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I prefer to have a go at their chef prepared special salads ~~ such as this pasta with mushroom salad ~~ mmmm

 

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Creamy prawn salad that is well balanced with the briny flavour of the capers ~~

 

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Coleslaw with golden raisins ~~

 

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Refreshing Waldorf salad for those who love a good textural crunch and citrus bite to start their meal

 

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This is my favourite salad of the bunch ~~ the spicy creamy egg salad ~~ with a burst of kick from the red peppercorns ~~ one bite and you’ll take another portion of these!

 

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Flame grilled vegetables are always a welcoming sight to see ~~ caramelized veggies from the flames ~~ *drools*

 

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Some sautéed root vegetables for you perhaps if you love broccoli and cauliflower ~~ sautéed with garlic ~~

 

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Cold cuts ~ Chicken and Beef slices to enjoy with the salads ~~

 

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They also have assorted sushi and makis, as well as spring rolls for appetizers.

 

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Tuna or Salmon Sushi? Mmmm ~~ how can I resist? *pops some onto plate*

 

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One of the makis (sushi rolls) at the appetizers corner.

 

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A cheese platter is always a delight for me at any buffet spread – some have them at the beginning of their meals but I love to have cheese for dessert – enjoying them with fruits. That soft brie just begs to be eaten with the green grapes or melons ~~ mmmm ~~

 

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Now it’s time to look at some of their mains ~~~ they serve either fried black pepper kway teow or noodles

 

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Duck and chicken is also part of their mains menu and subjected to change. Tonight we have Hainanese chicken with their signature chili sauce ~~~ ahh my weakness~~

 

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Here’s the duck ~~ served in a yummy orange sauce ~~ Duck Ala Orange anyone?

 

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Fried mackerel served with their in house spicy sambal ~~ oooo I like their sambals ~~ kudos to the Indonesian chef! He really knows his sambal!

 

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Buttered corn on cob ~~ oooo that would go sooo sooo well with the skewers later ~~~

 

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Crispy crunchy crackers ~~ mmm ~~ pretty addictive too ~

 

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Creamy tomato sauce penne pasta for today’s menu ~~ yay ~~~

 

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I tend to tell myself not to eat so much carbs but focus on the meats ~~ but who can resist? Carblicious ~~

 

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Comforting baked potatoes ~~ mmm ~~~

 

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Oooo wow! I could smell the lovely flavours as soon as I opened the lid for this Seafood Al Plancha ~~ gorgeous grilled seafood with spices and herbs ~~ needless to say ~~ I made many trips to have more of this!

 

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For the soups – they usually will have a Western influenced soup and Asian style soup ~ for tonight ~ they serve Seafood Tom Yum

 

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and a simple cream of vegetables soup ~~

 

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I always enjoy the poolside view at Tasek Brasserie.Now venture out to see the main attraction of the buffet! The Pops and Skewers! If you chose to sit outside ~~ you get to see the live action of their chefs grilling the yummy skewers as well!

 

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One thing about skewers in typical buffets is that they are pre-cooked then they are kept in the trays for the customers to take. These tend to be dry and cold which is not tasty – The skewers here are cooked only when you pick them ~~ to ensure you get your skewers hot and juicy!

 

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Quite a good selection of marinated meats, seafood and sausages ~ mmm ~~~

 

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Naturally I took one of each ~~ they got quite a few choices – ranging from teriyaki or honey bbq chicken, peppercorn steak skewers, beef bacon wrapped fish skewers, cane sugar prawns or herb and spices squid. You pick the skewers you like on a plate and pass it to them – and they will cook it for you.

 

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Ahh ~~~ prawn skewers are simply delicious!

 

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Ahhh ~~~ this is what we call ~ #grillporn ~~ *drool*

 

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They have various sauces to enjoy with the skewers so be sure to take some to try~~~

 

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My plate of goodies ~~ mmmm ~~ where should I start?!

 

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Ahhh seriously ~~ how can you say no to these?! I could go on and on and on ~~ more please!

 

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My friend who accompany me for the night enjoyed the skewers very much ~~ especially the prawns ~~ while I particularly enjoyed the chicken liver skewers ~~ mmmm ~~~ lovely lovely!

 

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Now here’s the POPs section ~~ where you can custom make your drinks ~~

 

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You basically choose your favourite ingredients – then your shaved iced – then drizzle with milk and sugar ~~ then add purple yam or ice cream to top it off~~

 

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You can do it yourself or ask the friendly staff to help you ~~

 

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Adding some milk to my pop ice drinks ~~

 

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Ahhh yes ~~~ feels like Halo Halo or Ice Kacang ~~~~ this would be a refreshing dessert!

 

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Speaking of dessert ~~ don’t stuff yourself too much with the yummy skewers ~~~ ALWAYS leave room for dessert ~ look at their big dessert spread!

 

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You gotta love Cake Lollipops! Cake lollies ~~ coated with dark or white chocolate ~ smothered with nuts or chocolate chips!

 

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Don’t be shy ~~ selfie with the cake pops ~~~ Thanks Poh Chuan for posing ~ hahaha

 

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They have flaky apple strudel ~~ oooo yes ~~

 

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Fruits Pavlova ~~~

 

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Always a crowd pleaser – the crème caramel ~~~ custardy goodness!

 

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Mango Pudding ~~

 

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Tropical Fruit Charlotte ~~ a sponge cake that is filled with custard or cream, then topped with fruits ~~ a beautiful dessert!

 

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Oh my Oreo Cheesecake!

 

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Some cute mini cakes that’s easy to grab ~~

 

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Swan? That’s a cream puff ~~ shaped like a swan ~~ yummy swan ~~

 

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Green Tea Opera Cake ~~

 

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Hazelnut, white chocolate and coffee torte ~~ mmm

 

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Gorgeous Almond and Pear Tart ~~ oooh yessss!!

 

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I have to say their bubur cha cha is good! Kudos to the chef!

 

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Yes ~~ fresh fruits ~~ these melons will go well with the cheese platter!

 

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Last but not least is their signature almond bread pudding ~~ which is great with ~~

 

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ICE CREAMMMM!!! Hee hee hee ~~

 

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You know it ~ girls just can’t resist dessert ~~ after all the food ~~ she still has lots of space for dessert and coffee ~~

 

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The Pops and Skewers buffet is $38 per adult and $20 per child – available only on Friday and Saturday from 6:30pm till 10pm. Reservation is highly recommended as they tend to be fully booked for their special promotional buffets! Gotta love them skewered meats ~~ freshly cooked and served to you!

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