| Rokiah Mahmud |
FROM a humble stall selling only Nasi Katok, KAKA Restaurant has prospered into a well-known restaurant and has achieved success by opening its 5th branch at in Kampong Mentiri. The grand opening was officiated by Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Alimin bin Haji Abdul Wahab, Senior Trust Holder of Pusat Ehsan.
In an interview, Samir Haji Kassim and his wife Surayati Haji Kipli, the owners of KAKA Restaurant said that the name of their restaurant was inspired by their daughter who loves eating Nasi Katok.
“We began our Nasi Katok business back in 2005. At that time, we only sold Nasi Katok at a few stalls located in Lambak, Berakas and Salambigar,” Samir said.
“After several years and observing the progress of our business, my wife and I decided to open a proper restaurant offering more cuisines to our customers. At the same time, we were also selling our popular Nasi Katok KAKA.
“Our first branch was located in Kampong Rimba and from there, we slowly opened several other branches in Jerudong, Airport Mall, Menglait and now in Mentiri,” he said.
“Apart from offering more choices to our patrons, we also control and monitor the quality of our food. We do not want to serve bad food to our patrons, therefore, once a week my wife, who is also the Managing Director of KAKA Restaurant, will conduct several food testings, to ensure that our food quality is always at its best,” he explained.
Motivated by his goal which is ‘Where Everyone Can Dine’, the opening of their 5th branch is one of the largest yet, however, Samir and his wife have already set another goal for their business by opening another branch of KAKA Restaurant outside Brunei to promote their Nasi Katok KAKA.
At the grand opening yesterday, students from Pusat Ehsan were also invited and they performed few dances. Special appearances from Malaysian artistes such as Emma Maembong, Tasha Shila, Hairul Azreen and many more also added glitz and glamour to the opening ceremony.