Generally I don’t review on eateries simply because there are already so many good food writers out there, :).
However being a food enthusiast, I sometimes find hard to resist not to write when dining becomes such a pleasant experience.
My recent Brunei trip (Aug 12-14).
Among Bruneians, Excapade Sushi is a popular Japanese food establishment with a number of outlets. It is a fact that many Mirians travel across the border just to satisfy their cravings for Japanese cuisines at its Kuala Belait branch.
When my sis-in-law informed me about Excapade Sushi’s latest outlet at Kiulap 2, it took little persuasion to have dinner there because I am a great fan of Japanese food, :).
The frontage is cosy and pleasing to the eye.
As a paying patron, I take into account the following criteria when rating any eatery: food, service, interior layout, ambience and price. For instance, when the food is awesome but the service is poor, I would still give it a lower rating. For easy marking, I always like to apply the Michelin Guide:
One Star - A very good restaurant in its category
Two Stars – Excellent cooking, worth a detour
Three Stars – Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey
My friend Chea ordered the food with the waitress writing on a Wi-fi PDA. I found that this expedited the ordering process from table to kitchen.
Hot water is conveniently available from the tap at the Sushi train that adjoins our table. Two thumbs up for form and function!
Small detail matters; the tissue box is hidden under our dining table to free clutter on table top! What a creative way!
What we ordered
Within five minutes after our order, the Ebi Tempura arrived! I’m impressed! Must be the working of Wi-fi PDA, and the efficient chefs of course! The prawns were crispy and not over-fried. (B$10)
Next came the Salmon Sashimi – no need for me to tell you how delicious it was! Just let your eyes feast at the photo, haha! (B$15)
I have a weakness for Nama Kani Tempura aka soft shell crabs. It’s easier to eat if you split it into two. (B$10)
I ordered these Sushi rolls on a red plate. (B$3.80)
The grilled Shishamo was flavoursome and exciting. (B$4)
Beef Teppanyaki – the beef was chunky and succulent, and complemented the fresh vegetables beautifully. (B$10)
What a feast – we had to be insane to order so much food!
At the rear was the open concept kitchen. The exhaust ventilation was so effective that my sensitive nose couldn’t smell any fumes.
Here we were, sitting at the first table from the entrance. You can see beauty in the simplicity of the Zen-themed design where the lights are bright enough and the walls decorated with contemporary art drawings.
Some of the friendly staff posing for a snap.
Over the years I have patronized three out of the five outlets of Excapade Sushi and I must say I had the best time at their latest restaurant. The ambience was nice with the tables and seats ideally arranged for maximum capacity without compromising privacy. I found our conversation was not obtrusive to our neighbouring table of patrons and vice versa. How should I describe? I felt good while dining and that good feeling came from 1) comfortable seating, 2) the service was attentive without being overly obsequious and 3) the food was reasonably good, the servings were adequate. In the end, we had to struggle to finish the food!
Chea beat me to the cashier (thanks my friend for the dinner)! I took a look at the bill – total B$51.10 after membership discount of 10%. That was a sumptuous meal for three. Was it full value for money? A definite yes and I would be going back again in the future. I won’t hesitate to recommend it to people who are looking for a good night out without having to dig deep into their pockets.
I would give Excapade Sushi Kiulap 2 a Michelin One Star, :).
Unit 1 & 2, Block A, Regency Square
Kg. Kiulap, Bandar Seri Begawan
Tel +673 2234011, Hp +673 8759866
Opens daily 11:00am – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm
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