CityOne Shopping Mall is among the newest shopping mall to mushroom up in Kuching. The design is unique as it is shaped like a bird’s nest, following the design of the Beijing Olympic stadium.
Golden Screen Cinema has been around for several years now in Malaysia but it is launched only for the first time in Kuching, Sarawak in City One Mall. Besides that, it also has the only Metrojaya departmental store in Kuching.
Where food is concerned, at CityOne Shopping Mall, if you are looking for great variety of food from Asian to Western fare, then head on to SIA Food Court, located on 2nd floor with 19 food stalls to date, however not all of them are open.
On one sunny afternoon, we decided to have lunch at the food court. When we stepped foot inside the food court, the place’s design is slightly dim. Several neon lights lighted up the place. Before deciding on anything, we walked around all the food stalls, to check out the variety there or any special food that may impress us.
After the short walkthrough we ordered nasi lemak, with fried fish as side dish for only RM6, a bowl of ramyun and a bowl of bibimbap. Nasi lemak was bought at the Malay stall, while the latter was bought at the Korean stall.
Looking from their display shelf, the Malay stall had many dishes lined up for the customers to choose from. For those who dislike waiting, they can ask for the staff for a plate of rice, and then choose whichever dish that they wanted from the display. (Nasi campur)
At the Korean stall, there was not many variety to choose from, but being a lover of Korean food, we bought two dishes from them. The bibimbap cost RM9 and it tasted okay only, perhaps because I have been pampered by delicious Malaysian food, it did not really meet my expectations. My colleague was a bit disappointed with the ramyun that cost RM6, as it was only instant noodles with condiments added on top. I guess that would be the difference between ramen and ramyun, as Korean often refer to the instant noodles as ‘ramyun’ while Japanese refer ‘ramen’ as the genuine ramen and when they refer the instant noodles, they always say ‘instant ramen’ instead.
Anyway, as we were eating, we noticed that the food court was not too crowded even though it was lunch time. Most of the stalls did not have long lines of people in front of their stall, or just one customer at one time. However, on weekends, the place would be rather crowded with customers.
Other stalls there are BBQ; with barbequed food on display, Fusion; with crispy chicken and fish as their recommended menu, Hot Plate; serving rice or noodle with special sauce on top of a sizzling plate, Oriental; offering various oriental menu such as noodles and their famous glutinous rice dumpling, Western; with their chicken chop and spaghetti, Foo Chow Cuisine; famous for their Fried Dong Fun, while others such as Chicken Rice, Pizza, Yong Tofu, Claypot and Japanese; all of which had their sign board clearly displaying the food being sold at each stall.
So, if you get a chance to come to CityOne mall, visit SIA Food Court which is located at the second floor. You can also boost your appetite at BOOST stall, which sells various flavours of crushed ice and smoothies. The food served here is slightly cheaper than those cafes or restaurants available at ground floor.