Equatorial Restaurant @ Kota Kinabalu

Posted: September 16, 2012 in @Sabah
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A first for me in KK, riding in a Disco taxi, the interior of the taxi ( Inova) was decked in crystals and mini chandeliers , and whenever the driver stepped on the breaks, the interior will lit up like a 70s disco hall ( not that I would know how a 70s disco hall looks like). Think something along the line of the taxi in the tv program cash cab. Try out these disco taxi  if you have the chance – the charges seemed to be the same for a similar sized un-diamond crusted  taxi. ( the driver told us that it cost him RM7000 for the decorations)

A contact told us about a famous Chinese restaurant somewhere in Tanjung Aru, but after going around in circles and many many phone calls between the taxi driver and the contact , the contact abandoned the idea and guide the driver to another location- that was how we ended up at Equatorial Restaurant. Mr Boss did the ordering so I hulur tangan and apologize first la, if there are any errors in the name of the dish or for any inaccuracies ..must include disclaimer one also mah

First up, four seasons, this was attacked joyously by all of us..

 Stir fried scallops with nuts- I find the scallops not that meaty so lacking the chewable texture when one chew on it. Taste wise- not bad

 Signature Tofu – umm..this was so-so lah, I would prefer it if the tofu had a firmer texture

 Steamed chicken –  this was said to be ‘kampung’ chicken and there were a lot of discussion and comments around the table that :  kampong chicken can’t be so fat/oily,  why the skin so yellow-ish ? I must say that the skin was thick and full of fat which would not be a characteristic associated with free range chicken..but anyway… There was one thing that resembled kampong chicken though- the meat, it was a bit tougher than the ayam- daging. And I think the flavour was more  ayam-ish compared to the regular ayam daging.

 For vegetable , Mr Boss had initially wanted Sabah vegetable, but the Captain told us that they didn’t have any good ones that night, so  we had spinach  in soup instead – this is what we usually call as spinach in superior broth ( siong thong yuen choy) ? the soup was not bad and the spinach were tender.

 Prawns- the body were coated in creamy sauce ( something mayo-ish) and the head was deep fried. The prawns were crunchy fresh and the sauce worked well with the prawns.

 Crocodile meat with ginger and onion- this was the first time I tasted crocodile meat, the texture was a cross between beef and chicken, which was rather nice really and the meat was delicious with the spring onions and ginger. I overheard Boss ordering this, so I was aware of what meat this was supposed to be, but some others weren’t so kaypor, so we had a bit of a quiz around the table, the hints include : it has four legs and a thick skin; it had sharp teeth ; it can make a nice and expensive handbag, it might eat you before you eat it. While writing this piece, I checked on the web for crocodile meat in Sabah and came across this article in Borneo Post that restaurants can serve wildlife meat if they have been issued a permit to do so, please click here to read more . In my search, I also found that there is a crocodile farm in Tuaran Sabah , you can read about it here : http://tuarancrocodilefarm.com/index.html

We had the Golden Pork knuckles but the team attacked the dish so ferociously that I didn’t have time to take a picture before the ravenous feeding..so sorry, no pictures of oink knuckles, taste wise not bad although the meat at the outer section of the knuckles were a bit dry and one had to dig deeper to get the succulent and juicy meat.

 Pomfret cooked in two ways- steamed and deep fried. The fish was a fair size and with the steamed style I find the meat a bit tough and a bit too fishy, I prefer the deep fried version which took away the fishiness flavour and the toughness of the meat.The bill plus beers and rice, came to a bit less than RM900. Overall an ok meal.

We were also provided with free dessert – coconut pudding – this was quite nice too ( sorry, also no pictures)

 

Location

Block C Lot 6,7,8 Ground Floor, Tanjung Aru Plaza, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Tel: 088-313399

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