As my friend and I were seated, there was a welcoming performance by dancers in traditional Sarawakian (Ulu to be exact) costumes and the ambiance of the dining area was further enhanced with Sarawakian music beats and decorations. There's also a special appearance by a Sape (A traditional stringed musical instrument) Player.
I was looking for my dosage of Kolok Mee and Sarawakian Laksa, but after sampling the Kolok Mee, I was like bummers as it doesn't taste like the kolok mee I grew to like at all.
But all were not lost, as Makan Kitchen still have aplenty of Sarawakian dish up their sleeve.
The Manuk Cucuk Lidi Lada Hijau (Marinated Chicken Skewer with Green Pepper Sauce) was an awesome twist to the satay dish, and it was wicked! Though I don't take beef, there were some awesome looking dishes like Dagin Kasom (Deep Fried Sarawakian Cured Beef) and Dagin Cucuk Lidi Bijik Lada Uteh (Marinated Beef Skewer with White Pepper Sauce).
Manuk Lidi Lada Hijau, Ikan Bakar and Fresh Seafood (not so Sarawakian, but you can't resist em Oysters and Clams and Prawns and drools)
The other notable dishes were Koming Kari (Bidayuh Style Lamb Curry), Ikien Masak Tempoyak (Fish in Durian Paste), Ambal Tomis Kari (Wok fried Bamboo Clam with Dried Curry Gravy), the famous Pansuh Manuk (Marinated Chicken Cooked in Bamboo).
I liked their Nasi Aruk (Sarawakian Fried Rice). Was kinda skeptical with their Ikan Terubuk Masin though as I had my fair share of it while studying in Sarawak, but give it a try if you've not tried it before.
Nasi Aruk with Koming Kari (I know, the crackers at the side made the dish looks Indian instead of Sarawakian)
For dessert, there's Bubur Kuduk Pulut (Yam with Coconut Cream and Glutinous Rice Dumpling), Bubur Pulut Hitam (Black Glutinous Rice Porridge) and it'll be a sin not to have this, the Sarawakian Kek Lapis (Layered Cake). Also, for each guests we were given a glass of Three Layered Tea each, a taste of Sarawakian beverage which I love to have each time I dine in the hawker stalls in Kuching.
All in all, it was a moderate gastronomic experience only because I tasted the best Sarawakian dishes in my book in Sarawak itself, but one cannot deny the effort Makan Kitchen took to bring Sarawakian dishes for us Peninsular dwellers to enjoy. Makan Kitchen is truly 1Malaysia and nice to see the East Malaysian touch to it this time around. :)