SERVE NO PORK
There is a big new house in the neighborhood! It doesn’t belong to a rich expat or datuk, but to four JCI members Adam Swee, Chris Shaw, Eric Chong and Jeffrey Tsang who are trying their hand at a new business venture. It’s not a normal house, but you’ll feel right at home when you visit.
The Homeliest Non-Home Ever
Fullhouse is a themed lifestyle store and cafe that has a car parked inside, water fountain, topiary, birds, and clothes, among other things.
Stuff To Do While You Wait For Your Food
No, we’re not joking. There’s a green mini that’s a lot cuter than Mr. Bean’s yellow ride on the first floor entrance. We’re not sure if there’s a working engine in there for you to take it for a joyride, but we’re pretty certain you can sit in it to take your poser pics in. Note: Kids (and some adults) would love this!
Also, we weren’t kidding about the clothes either. Thank goodness the wardrobe doesn’t belong to someone’s Aunty Wilma.
They do however hold brand new women’s clothes you can try on (in a fitting room) and take home for a price.
Interestingly, like a scene out of a woman’s bedroom two hours before her first date, there’s a bed in there with accessories spread across for easy picking. This will be a hit with some ladies, who won’t be able to resist grabbing some ornaments to decorate themselves with.
Now that you’ve seen some trinkets and stuff, let’s take a look at the space!
Occupying 6 shoplots on 2 floors in Suria Sabah, this 7,000+ sq.ft concept cafe is a franchise from Kuala Lumpur. As the biggest standalone eatery in a Sabah mall, we were delighted to see Fullhouse “full” both of the days we visited!
Once you are in there’s a dining area and an opulent velvet sofa facing the main entrance.
We love how much natural light it gets during the day.
The ground floor also has a raised platform stage with speakers, some dining tables.
Taking the stairs up, we imagine you’ll be more amused with what you’ll see.
The dining area on the first floor is massive by mall standards. There’s the main dining area, a garden area, and also the outdoor area where the verandah is. Check it out!
Main Dining Area
For those who prefer the open air instead of air-conditioning, there’s an outdoor area with a verandah overlooking Jalan Haji Saman, a major artery going into the city.
This is also where smoking is permitted.
Big Enough for a Small Wedding Ceremony & Other Themed Parties
The homely setting is big enough to hold themed parties.
In fact, Chris Shaw’s wedding ceremony was held there the day before, complete with vow exchanges, live music entertainment, and a buffet spread with more than 100 people zipping in and out of the space.
By looks alone, we were impressed with what we saw. But what about the food you say?!?!
Most people loved the food at the wedding as there were lots of quality ingredients that went into the buffet spread. We did read some lackluster reviews online about their regular menu, but wasn’t going to knock it until we tried it.
So… we tried it!
Smoked Salmon Salad
We ordered a Smoked Salmon Salad to start (RM 16.90). This was lovely with the fanned mango slices, a milder and fresher alternative to capers. There’s nothing to complain about unless you can find me other places in KK that serve twirls of smoked salmon that doesn’t involve paying for an expensive hotel buffet.
We are just glad there’s a place to go to for our smoked fish fix.
The “butter base” al-funghi spaghetti was… buttery. I personally prefer olive oil with my pastas (which are options they have with other types of pasta dishes), but I can imagine other people really digging the butter thing. The Asianized-dish came with a generous amount of oyster mushrooms and bits of bird chillies in them. Warning: Spicy-spicy stuff!
Admittedly, we’ve eaten better spaghetti outside of Italy, but Fullhouse is more of a family casual cafe-concept restaurant and not a fine dining establishment. I thought it was acceptable for the price and ambiance (RM15.90).
The steak, however, was one of the best pieces of beef I’ve had for RM36.90 in KK. Saying that, the sauce didn’t do the meat justice. Will I have it again? You bet I will!
Loved the marbling and texture, and while it isn’t as fine as an aged Angus or Wagyu steak, it is the best it can get at the thirty ringgit mark. My favorite dish there so far!
GourmetSailor had the lamb shoulder for RM30.60. The portion size of meat was generous, but the sides were lean, which we liked. Low carb anyone?
He said they could do with tenderizing the lamb more, but this is not something we want to make a big deal out of, because it’s not (unless it becomes a feature). If this can be improved pretty quickly, it’ll be dandy.
Are We Making Excuses for Them?
Well not really, because we take context into account.
And Fullhouse meets all of those and more. BRAVO!
Sure, any new establishment has room for improvement. But they’ve only been open for less than a week and have performed admirably by any standard.
I personally can’t wait to hang out there again if it’s only for a pot of tea and to try a pair of earrings on. Well, maybe I’ll even order that steak again.
So go check it out yourself, sport.
11:30am – 10:00pm Daily (Last order 9:30pm)
How To Get There
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Fullhouse Lifestyle Store and Cafe
G7 & 1 – 10, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall,
Lot 1, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens 88000