Over the weekend, my bro and I headed to the newly-opened Boulevard at 4th mile, Kuching…He’d been there a few times, but it was my 1st. (I was in Brunei when it opened.)
This is the 2nd Boulevard (Mall?) in Sarawak…The 1st being in Miri. (The one in Imperial Mall not counted as a Boulevard Mall as that’s just the supermarket.) That one has been open for a few years now. It is known for its HUGE brick-red coloured building and extensive carpark. The main tenant is, of course, Boulevard hypermarket. I don’t actually know what the attraction at Boulevard is…but it is always packed, plus the Bruneians who come to Miri to do their shopping. Now this 2nd Boulevard is an attraction too…and like its Miri predecessesor, I also don’t know why…maybe someone can enlighten me?
This 2nd Boulevard is a 6-storey building…the bottom 2 basement storeys are carparks (which designs for floor layout reminds me of One Utama), which leaves 4 storeys of shophouses. (For the sake of discussion, I will refer to the shophouses floors as 1st(which is also basement level), 2nd, 3rd and 4th from bottom to top.)
This is the view from the 4th floor over-looking 2nd and 3rd floor.
Boulevard Hypermarket is the main tenant (of course) which the biggest floor space on each storey. On the 1st floor(basement) is the supermarket and electrical goods etc, 2nd – ladies wear, 3rd – men’s wear, 4th – kid’s wear.
Apart from the Boulevard hypermarket, other tenants are as follows:-
1st (basement) – food court (still under construction)
2nd – Guardian, Kenny Rogers, …
3rd & 4th – Popular, some clothes shop, hair salon
Yeah…not all the construction is finished yet…and since only 2 eateries were “open for business” we opted for
Now, I have never eaten at Kenny Rogers before this. There used to be one at Sarawak Plaza last time, but the price made it “exclusive”-like and not many people frequent it so they closed down shop. Strangely here, people were queueing for places in the restaurant and queueing for take-aways! It’s either because there was only Kenny Rogers or Sushi King to choose from, or the standard of the locals here have significantly increased!
Anyways, we had the signature roasted chicken…
1/4 chicken with original sauce, 3 self-chosen side dishes of macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes with gravy and savoury rice…and also its famous muffin as appetizer (not in picture)
The price: Less than RM20.
The verdict: Delicious! 🙂 If you noticed, the pic above was taken AFTER I took a slice off the chicken…It was so tempting that I only remembered I wanted to take a pic of it AFTER I had already “dugged in”. LOL.
And then later, after we left the restaurant I noticed this beside it:-
“Hungry for a Roaster?” – playing at the words as in Kenny Rogers “Roaster”s? Hmm…
So anyways, after browsing around a lil while, it was already 10pm and the shops were closing…so we headed down to the basement carpark and I noticed this on the way:
A family of mannequinns? Nice…
Some teenagers even tried on the wigs and took pics of themselves before putting the wig back on the mannequinns…haha…kids.
And so we got to the basement carpark and what a sight and sound to greet us!
Cars were in an endless queue and horns were blazing! JAM!!!
We didn’t wanna stress ourselves in the queue so we just waited in our parked car till the queue was moving.
We were among the last to leave the building THIRTY minutes later!
Horrible! Insufficient and inconvenient parking…Terrible jam both leaving the building as well as approaching it…GOSH! Maybe it won’t be so jammed when the Boulevard is old news and not everyone wants to go there anymore? But you think that will happen? Seeing as Miri’s Boulevard is still buzzing with people whenever I’m there, I sincerely doubt that! At least in Miri, the extensive carpark and (I guess) the strategic location of the building itself meant that there is no horrible jam like the one here…
…and Boulevard is still an attraction. I do not understand why…
P.S. – Boulevard is pronounced Boo-le-vard…that’s vard with an “A” and not an “E”. 🙂