Sunday, September 06, 2009

English Tea House and Restaurant - Memories of the colonial era

SANDAKAN: Want to get the feel of the 18th century lifestyle? A visit to the English Tea House and Restaurant, perched comfortably on top of Sandakan’s highest hill at Jalan Istana, would provide you with an insight into the colonial era.

As its name suggests, this charming restaurant specialises in colonial English favourites.

However, its chef had incorporated a tantalising selection of local dishes into the main menu so that guests and diners can get a taste of the best of both worlds - the East and the West.

Operations/sales and marketing manager of ETHR Rosemawati Adil said they entertain about 100 guests daily and they are locals and foreigners coming from Australia, England, Germany, Italy and other countries.

Director of Pulford Media Ltd, England, Cedric Pulford and Phyllis Wong of See Hua Marketing Sdn Bhd, Kota Kinabalu, praised the restaurant when they had their afternoon tea on Aug 17.

Sandakan born Tina Wong, an insurance agent and her close friend Irene So said they like to dine at ETHR, enjoying the food and the evening breeze in a quiet environment.

Lahad Datu residents, the Goh family, travelled down here to try the English favourites after their visit to the nearby Agnes Keith house.

A couple from Hertford, England, Charles and Natalie Owen said: “This is a lovely place that is full of history and well-maintained colonial houses and buildings.” George Bethel Mathew and Renuka, Sultanate of Oman said: “This is a quiet, refreshing and a good place for us to refuel and recharge. We will recommend this wonderful place on, a website. We’ll sell Sandakan and tell the whole world.” The Oliver family from Melbourne had a lot to share with thesundaypost.

Their youngest son, Liam said he got the scare of his life when a snake fell just inches in front of him when the family visited the Sarawak Cultural Village.

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