October 25, 2017

October 16 Dinner @ Chilli Vanila, Kota Kinabalu

Hello there! Welcome to another food diary as we explore Hungarian cuisine tonight! :)

To be completely honest with you, I had no idea what to expect. :s

It's a special night, and our family we decided to eat out at this Hungarian restaurant downtown.


Dinner @ Chili Vanila, Kota Kinabalu



- Address: 35, Jalan Haji Saman, Pusat Bandar Kota Kinabalu, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
- Operating Hours : 10AM - 10:30PM


We are experiencing much rain this week. And I supposed that's the reason why there wasn't much customers. The staff offered to keep our umbrellas as we settled down at a table right next to the counter. Really warm and thoughtful gesture.


Dinner @ Chili Vanila, Kota Kinabalu


Dinner @ Chili Vanila, Kota Kinabalu


Dinner @ Chili Vanila, Kota Kinabalu


Dinner @ Chili Vanila, Kota Kinabalu


Dinner @ Chili Vanila, Kota Kinabalu


The menu are as below. Minimalistic and straight-forward.


Menu; Dinner @ Chili Vanila, Kota Kinabalu


Menu; Dinner @ Chili Vanila, Kota Kinabalu


I was having hard time to decide on what to eat. Well, I would very much rather they could provide photos to relate to the dishes. Anyways. Just go with your guts!

Since it's rainy day, I am going with a cup of Hot Chili Vanilla Chocolate.


Dinner @ Chili Vanila, Kota Kinabalu
Hot Chili Vanilla Chocolate | RM8


The chocolate flavour is rich. Can't really taste much of the chili powder actually. Hmm. Something new.

Mains are served.


Dinner @ Chili Vanila, Kota Kinabalu


Well, first we have Chili Chocolate Braised Beef (Spicy Red Wine Braised Beef with Dark Chocolate, French Fries).

We were wrong when we thought of getting more spiciness than chocolate. It was the other way round. Couldn't say the two distinct flavours went along well, but it would be appropriate to say they contrast each other. As for this particular dish, one thing for sure, they are very generous in their beef portion.


Dinner @ Chili Vanila, Kota Kinabalu
Chili Chocolate Braised Beef | RM30


Coming up next is Moroccan Inspired Lamb Stew served with cous cous (A Fragrant Stew of Lamb, Cooked with Sweet Potatoes, Apricots & Spices, Cous Cous).

My dad was curious about "couscous". All I know is that it can be a substitute for rice (carbohydrate), but I didn't know exactly what it is. So I googled it (you've got it!).

"Couscous is a Maghrebi dish of small (about 3mm diameter) steamed balls of crushed durum wheat semolina, usually served with a stew spooned on top."

Voila! Here you go.


Dinner @ Chili Vanila, Kota Kinabalu
Moroccan Inspired Lamb Stew served with cous cous | RM22


I must say, the lamb stew was cooked deliciously. The sauce went along well with the bread and couscous. Everything was good. Spicy? No, although the colour looks like curry.


Dinner @ Chili Vanila, Kota Kinabalu


Overall, I thought it was a decent cozy place to dine in, hang out with friends and family. Price range wise, I would say slightly above average (compared with local foods). There are something else which I would like to try from the menu. Might revisit here soon (hopefully!)

Till the next time. Bye! ;)

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