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Bistro Chez Fio

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 16:41

ProflEditor's Note: Greetings Readers! Here's a write-up by Brunei's own Angelyn Choo. Her Instagram profile (@angelshameless) reads "I followed my heart and it led me to my fridge." She also has a tumblr you can check out - ChooingOnThis (hah!). I asked her for a short snippet about herself.

"My name is Angel Choo, and I am 22 years old. I enjoy long romantic walks to my fridge, and I like my coffee black. While working and finishing up my final year in Universiti Brunei Darussalam, I go on food adventure around Brunei (and across the oceans) to try all kinds of everything. Occasionally, I document things as I go. The world is delicious."


Bistro Chez Fio

By Angelyn Choo

This is the third time this week that I've visited Bistro Chez Fio [bis-troh; shey; fee-oh].
Tucked in between Netzone Cafe and Bridgelink Enterprise, Bistro Chez Fio also sits right across Petlink, Kuilap.

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I'm always welcomed by Fiona's warm hello and the smell of freshly baked (flavour of the day) muffins.

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In one word, Chez Fio, is quaint. Wooden tables and chairs, jazz swimming through the air and two Canadian flag sitting proudly at the front counter.

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According to Fiona, “Bistro Chez Fio started off as just a dream that one day I would open a business in the food industry.” Having lived most of her life in Vancouver, Fiona brings her heart for Vancouver to share with us here in Brunei.

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To start, I had my usual order of miniature coffees. A tray of four different styles; latte cappuccino, macho and one with a little surprise.

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I know I always talk about decreasing my caffeine intake, but now that Chez Fio is just within a ten minutes drive from my way to work, it's really hard to say no.

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Since her opening in January, Chez Fio changes her menu once in every few months. Keeping the Canadian favourites like poutine and constantly adding in something new for her customers to try, as well as for the chefs to make. Good to keep everyone on their toes.

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PB Extreme Burger is my current favourite on the lunch menu. Sink your teeth into a juicy beef patty, topped with cheese, a crunch from the crispy beef rashes and a unique peanut butter sauce that just gives it an extra punch of delicious.

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Even though Hui Ting, Abi and I were stuffed after sharing two mains and two sides, I could not resist ending our meal with the dessert special of the day; Chez Fio's signature cheesecake. It was love at first bite.

I quickly called Fiona over and asked her what she added into the cheesecake. She answered, “cinnamon and.. sweet potato” Sweet potato! And my heart swooned. I love it when a not so typical ingredient is added in something we're all so used to.

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It's easy to lose track of the world outside while you're in the bistro. There have been times when I leave the out the door, and I have forgotten how hot it is outside or where I parked my car.

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Kudos to Fiona and her team for making an effort to serve every meal with friendly smiles and warm conversation (which to me, is just as important as the food and ambience). All that said, I already look forward to my next visit and definitely to explore the rest of the new menu.

Bistro Chez Fio (Facebook)
Unit 13, Ground Floor,
Block A, Q-lap Complex,
Kg. Kuilap, BE 1518
Mon – Sun, 8am – 6pm
Closed on Fridays, 12pm - 2pm

223 4933
instagram: @bistrochezfio

Royal Brunei: Behind the Scenes

Written by Delwin Keasberry Monday, 07 April 2014 19:57

Check out this video from the photoshoot of Royal Brunei's new heritage inspired uniforms.

Introducing Ibrahim Kamit

Written by Delwin Keasberry Tuesday, 24 June 2014 09:21

Hi Folks! Check out Ibrahim Kamit's YouTube Channel. I stumbled upon it recently, and it is worth sharing. His About page says it plainly and simply: "My dream is to be big so please share, subscribe, like" I like that.

I remember my dad telling me as a kid, "Don't take yourself too seriously." That message still rings true today. It is a healthy sign when we are able to laugh at ourselves. It shows openness and tolerance, which comes along with maturity.

I have a feeling this fella is going places.

Music: Qwamii!

Written by Delwin Keasberry Saturday, 17 June 2017 15:38

What's up, Readers! In this post, I would like to highlight music from the artist known as Qwamii. I have been following Qwamii's music for years now, and good music should be shared! Check out some of his remixes below, and more of his clips on his YouTube channel here.

Big love!

The Kianggeh Open Air Market

Written by Delwin Keasberry Tuesday, 30 July 2013 14:47

The Kianggeh Open Air Market, a.k.a. Tamu Kianggeh - found along Kianggeh Road in Bandar Seri Begawan, opposite the Brunei Hotel. It is one of the should-visits here in Brunei with ready supplies of fresh vegetables, fruits and other staples. Travellers are often spotted wandering around, browsing local handicraft, soaking in the market vibe. It is a charming little place, a favourite for photographers from near and afar.

A few things to consider if you do pay Tamu Kianggeh a visit:

1. Go early. Most stalls are ready by 6.00am. You get first picks and it is hard to beat early morning photography.

2. Depending on the time of day, be prepared to perspire. Unless it is a cool and breezy day, it can get warm.

3. Leave your burly backpacks and luggage at the hotel. There is ample walking space, but toting around your travel bags will be cumbersome.

4. Bring small dollar notes and coins.

5. If you are wandering through with children, don't be careless. It gets busy during peak hours and it would be easy for them to fall outside of your direct line of sight.

6. If you are game, try your hand at bargaining.

7. Don't rush through. Get friendly with the locals. Be adventurous and sample some of the local produce. Soak it in.

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