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This article was supposed to have been published earlier considering the food Caroline and I ate @ RMS Diner had digested some light years ago. But hey, some things are meant to be late not by choice but by fate. And what better timing and opportunity than having this published on the eve of  the holy fasting month. Hence the title “Break fast”. Anyone who hasn’t yet set foot inside RMS Diner should give it a try especially if Western dining is your preference: burgers, fries, beef ribs, lamb shank, that sort of thing not that their western themed uniforms didn’t already give you hint. One word of advice though (if you’re an out of towner like me) pick up the phone and make a reservation to avoid disappointment. You can find their numbers at the RMS Diner and Zaika official opening post. I have had to walk away on a number of occasions because there were no available tables.


Western themed RMS Diner a popular hang out for the Belait local and expatriate community

A staff at RMS Diner in checkered uniform smooths out the froth on a drink behind the bar counter

Behind the bar counter is where the drinks are made including this popular order of Teh Tarek

Crispy and crunchy fried onion rings to start kick start an afternoon obsession with food. I used to think that onion rings are an easy enough dish to whip up until I came across an awful serving at Country Patch in BSB. This experience nearly ruined my wife's first impression of the cafe until we revisited for their delightful breakfast. Since then, anyone who make delicious rings gets my vote!

Burgers and fries the king of all fast food and unsurprsingly also Jamie's favourite although when he's at Fratini's he usually just prefers Spaghetti Bolognese but occasionally asks for a basket of fries.

The Margherita. My favourite drink for days I needed Sodium supplement and Alkalinity in my diet. The annoying thing about this drink is how the ice constantly gets in the way when you take a sip. :)

Steaming hot seafood chowder that's distinctively delicious and creamy. Shame they don't serve Minestrone soup that's a big favourite on a typical American menu.

Between our sampling of beef ribs and lamb shanks we had each of the single large chunk carved into smaller pieces so it's less intimidating.

Belgian Waffle served with Vanilla ice cream and chocolate dressing made this the ultimate dessert on a hot day along with a glass of Margherita of course.

Other than their obvious use, toothpicks are ideal and socially acceptable for picking up meal items where chopsticks or forks may not be the appropriate choice. What's not obvious until now is that toothpicks can be art pieces too :)


Vintage Rose Cafe Cappuccino © Jan Shim Photography

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There’s an exception to every rule! I make a point to spend my weekends with the family. This means I pass on events that fall on weekends including the mother of all events, Weddings. When a client and good friend called to tell me he had taken over the management of Vintage Rose, I made an exception and accepted the assignment.

Last year, I brought a couple of journalists (centre) from USA TODAY to lunch at Vintage Rose, they were impressed with the setup, quite the venue that makes you forget you’re in Brunei. Which brings me to another matter. While chatting with a few regulars on MSN, it occurred to me that so many hadn’t heard of this establishment, many more didn’t know how to get there. Well folks, Vintage Rose is located in Kiulap in the Brunei Capital, across from the Korean Restaurant which in my limited knowledge, is probably the one and only Korean eatery.

OK, enough said, here’s an exclusive view of Vintage Rose … it’s quite the exception!