Sunday, July 03, 2011

Scenes : Sarikei Mutiara Food Court - Hanging out

Mutiara Food Court, Feb 2010


One of the efforts to decentralise Sarikei downtown was to move the human traffic away from the Repok Road/Bank Road/Jalan Masjid Lama arteries. How do you change the habits of denizens who are so used to their daily routines in this small high density area?
 

Mutiara Food Court, Feb 2010


The answer lies in mandating centres of activities that push the people there (the Nyelong River market and Wisma Mutiara Jubli) and creating attractions that pull the people over (the Nyelong River Esplanade and its shops). The flora toilet is a nice bonus.


 Mutiara Food Court, Feb 2010


The latest initiative was the Mutiara Food Court which opened just before CNY 2010. It has a five-year leasehold which means that renewal is required. It's aptly named as Mutiara to associate it with the tallest building nearby, the Wisma Jubli Mutiara.


 Mutiara Food Court, Feb 2010


In the afternoon, it can be hot but people still flocked there to try out the new food stalls that are trying to build up its reputation. There's a mainland Chinese stall that brings in flavours of China like dumplings and the Cauldron that offers a mix of western and Asian dishes to tempt your palates. None has yet to reach the iconic status of Aik Seng, Hung Kiew Kee (Ah Kow's) or Ah Zheng's stall. Time will tell.


 Mutiara Food Court, Feb 2010


In the evening, that's where the nocturnal species converge to chill out with friends. There's the cool Nyelong River breeze but maybe more low energy saving bulbs will reduce the heat. You can chat the night away or watch soccer on the big screen.


 Mutiara Food Court, Feb 2010


At the main entrance, a cool bar offers draught beer at MYR29 per jug which is enough for 3-4 mugs. Cheers to a better night life in Sarikei.

1 comment:

VEE said...

Not bad, thanks for the review. I've been there several times.
Kind of reminded me of the mamak stall.

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