YAY! After 3 weeks, I finally got a TV installed and a functioning internet at home. I am easing into Sibu and getting used to the scorching midday heat and thundery afternoon showers. I am actually feeling quite at home now, which is good news since I will be calling Sibu/ Malaysia home for the next 2 years at the very least.
Without wasting time, I have started on the look-out for new places and food to eat. Call me lucky, the dig I am currently living is located in the vicinity of a rather ‘happening place’. There are numerous eateries and bars within the area for me to happily check out.
I chanced upon Bistecca Bistro one rainy night. It is a smart restaurant within a row of shophouses. Since it was packed and the sign board read ” Italian Steak Wine Bar”, I decided to test it out. Interestingly, what were on the menu look nothing Italian to me, save for the spaghetti dishes under the ‘Pasta’ column. The menu listed an array of western options consisting of sandwiches, burgers, grilled meats and would you expect – fried rice!
I’ll let you be the judge. Can you call these Italian?
Chicken Fried Rice. I don’t think so, but nevertheless the fried rice was tasty – with the usual culprits of shredded cabbage, bits of pork, shallots, eggs and onion. There is enough gravy for those who like a soggy fried rice. A bit salty but still, not bad…
Fish and Chips. With a small side of steamed broccoli. The fish fingers were nicely fried, crispy batter keeping the fish inside hot. But what I don’t like, is the mayonnaise and cheese topping creatively put on top of the fish. I am suspecting that the fish fingers and chips are frozen store bought imports.
Braised Lamb served with steamed rice, a drink and a small fruit to finish is the Set Lunch Special of the restaurant. The fatty lamb came piping hot in a clay pot. Very aromatic, but simply too much fat! Buy hey, at RM19.90, what do you expect?
Chef’s Special Fried Rice. Rice fried with salted black beans and dace. A photo reference of the canned salted black beans and dace is below, you can buy them in any of your local Chinese groceries. Too Chinese to pass off as Italian, methinks, nevertheless, if the locals like it, why not?
Fortunately, the saving grace for this ‘Italian’ joint is the Tiramisu with a watered down chocolate sauce. A huge slice of cream layered with sponge cake. Looking authentic and tasted good. A crowd pleaser all round.
Perhaps, I shouldn’t be harsh, the next time I eat out at any of the local so-called Italian restos, I’ll order spags!