NER | DEE Café

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Donned in black as a trio, my mother, sister and I entered a café in a new and upcoming buzz spot in town to bursts of laughter, clinks of glassware and the breathing sounds of cards being shuffled, dice being thrown, blocks tumbling down.

"Welcome to Ner | Dee Café!" A counter of smiling employees greeted us.

goth ootn boho black distressed
goth ootn boho black distressed

Opting for a characteristically predictable all black ensemble, I attempted to channel a slightly more thugged and gothed out bohemian vibe. 

The top, with its sheer sleeves, layered hems and beaded details, was easily the central piece of the entire look. While easily mistaken for a dress, the top is not at all appropriate to wear as a stand alone piece thanks to the slit right down the middle two thirds of it.

I put on a pair of black shorts underneath, anyway, deciding to carry out the illusion of wearing a dress. By slipping on the most distressed pair of tights I own -- completely intentional, I assure you, -- a choker and -- what else? -- deep purple lipstick, I think I did pretty well with the initial idea of thugged out, gothed out boho.

What do you think?

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nerdee ner dee ner|dee cafe café brunei regent square interior

Situated at Regent Square, Ner | Dee Café is the first of its kind to land in Brunei Darussalam; a board game café, complete with quirks that make it a name of its own. I had the opportunity to catch the owner of the place when we dined in and had an interesting little chat with him.

From the viewpoint of an avid traveler, I was told in front of a lab bar, where lines of beakers and test tubes stood in racks, titration biurets and syringes sat in line, that the board game café was something inspired by similar trademarks overseas that was brought to our lands as (the safest) fuel for the entertainment life of our quiet culture.

Named for an accidental portmanteau comprising the (nick)names of the two co-owners, Bernard and Diane, the café which opened up roughly a month ago has been quite the talk of the town.

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Aside from the entirely new concept of board games being an integrated part of an eating place, the focus of the place has mainly been on its quirky serving tack. While food come served in routine utensils, drinks are brought to our tables -- labelled for the periodic table of elements -- in volumetric flasks -- complete with syringes for syrup and sweetness.

It is not so much as odd to hear the Joe next door yelling out, "Please, we need an extra beaker over here!"

Asked about this fascinating aspect of the café, Bernard told me that he and his co-owner are both graduates of bio-medical and chemical fields. Having seen a similar concept employed on a side small-scale in an overseas cafe, the both decided to incorporate the idea into their new business -- one which works extremely well for the immaculate branding of the place.

nerdee ner dee ner|dee cafe café brunei regent square interior
nerdee ner dee ner|dee cafe café brunei regent square interior

We sat down and immediately an extremely friendly waiter attended to us, introducing to us his name, three menus in hand and a full blown explanation of today's special menu. He had to lean in and raise his voice due to the sheer fullness of the place -- a full house on a Thursday evening, with shouts of glee and protests coming from all corners of the café, board games strewn across every wooden table in sight.

Throughout odd intervals during the time we dined, we were checked upon by the same waiter.

"How's your night going?"

"Do you need anything else?"

"Would you like me to help you with that?"

Needless to say, customer service ranks as one of the key attributes of the café, a trait similarly displayed by the kitchen workers and cashiers.

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nerdee ner dee ner|dee cafe café brunei regent square interior

While Ner | Dee boasts superb novelty in menu, interior and concept design, the café falls slightly short in terms of food, with the general verdict amongst our trio being, "Eh. Could do better."

This comes as a slight disappointment as the place leans slightly towards the pricey side for a college student on a budget. The Kimchi Noodles (BND 4.50) opted for by both my mother and sister reached the conclusion of, "slightly bland," and the Chili & Pita (BND 6.00) I placed an order for tasted stale and lifeless to my taste buds.

Sipping on interestingly advertised concoctions such as an Old Way (BND 3.60), which claims to be a mixture of lemon and mint -- the classic -- I tasted nothing of lemon and mint and instead of tangy, zesty sourness and infused bitterness. 

Perhaps that's just luck (or the lack thereof) on my side, though, because my sister's H20down -- malt and watermelon -- (BND 4.50 [L] 3.50 [S]) tasted satisfactory to her and my mother's The Hulk (BND 4.00 [L] 3.50 [S]) was not too shabby. 

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As we finished our game of Scrabble and packed to leave -- the sister won by 12 points with me ending up penultimate -- we were checked in once more by our friendly host, a piece of paper and pencil in hand. It was a feedback and criticism sheet and we were asked in earnest politeness to please fill it up if we don't mind.

We thanked our host, filled it in honestly, handed it face down to the cashier and left, hoping to drop by once free time opens up.

During the conversation I had with Bernard at the café, I asked him whether he has plans for the new business, to which he chuckled good-heartedly and responded, "For now? We'd really like to just open up and expand."

TL;DR | Conceptually innovative with nerdy themes of chemistry as its foundation, the café boasts excellent customer service but sub-par food. Extremely promising for the first board game café in town.

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  1. Oh yum, that restaurant looks so delicious!

    xoxo, ♥

  2. Love your outfit choice :) x

  3. I love the pictures. You look amazing in the black bohemian, goth look! <3 LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Thanks for sharing hun.

    Have an amazing week!
    Lots of love,
    Kayla Xxx

    1. Thank you, Kayla! You have an amazing week, too!

  4. Hmmm, interesting concepts for a cafe. That lipstick looks fantastic on you. I dig the boho goth vibe indeed!

  5. i graduated with a background in pharmaceutical science so i think the nerd in me with enjoy this place. the ootd is really great too. i think you made your style heard.


  6. Such a neat place, I love cafes with board games! I still can't get over how adorable the bowler hat looks on you!

    Macarons and Mischief

  7. you are so gorgeous darling!

    Natalie Off Duty

  8. Your style and posts always take me to another world, I love it so much. :) Plus, I really want a bowler hat now, haha. | The Golden Days

  9. You look gorgeous, and the place looks so lovely as well! x

  10. This place is pretty cool.
    Love they offer card games.
    Your outfit looks great as well.

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  11. I thought you were wearing a dress, nice idea with the shorts.
    Your tights are very cool.
    The food also looks yummy.
    Thank you for your nice comment on my blog.
    Have a nice day!
    Stella from a Looks & Travels

  12. Monopoly? Yes please! I love that all three of you visited the café in all-black by the way.. great minds think alike?! You have a beautiful smile by the way :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  13. Loving this place! I so want to go there haha :)


  14. nice place, love your outfit xoxo

  15. This restaurant looks so fun! I love this kind of places where you can do some activities while waiting for your food or after eating it. Also, amazing outfit. I literally thought that you were wearing a dress! x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  16. Oh wow,sounds like such an interesting place to be at.I wish I could also afford to be an avid traveller so that I see such places.That is quite the story girl:-)

  17. Absolutely stunning outfit and your photography is amazing, sounds like such an interesting place! x

  18. I feel like you are one of the few people who can always wear all-black ensembles and yet constantly make your looks interesting and exciting! Love your aesthetic!

    <(') Hoda | JooJoo Azad, a fashion + social action blog

  19. Love your all black everything outfit! Have a great week ahead.

  20. Thugged out, gothed out boho is going to be my new favorite style. And congratulations on all black NEVER looking boring on you! So fresh all the time.

  21. You are so stunning, May! I love those tights! Your style is on fire!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  22. That lipstick is so beautiful on you
    You look awesome

  23. Looks amazing!
    I love how you paired the boots and the dress together!
    Hope you can check out and comment on my blog too!
    Miss Joy

    Sneha xx

  24. Your look seriously rocks and is amazing! I love the stockings! I always just threw away stockings that had holes in them but now seeing them on you, I might just keep them around! It looks so cool!

    Shannon Sage

  25. Such a fun place! I love places like this one that have a personality!
    Gorgeous look!

  26. Such a cool look!

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  27. Really nice pictures, I love your Outfit. The cafe looks very good !


  28. I adore the ripped tights look <3


  29. Beautiful look and beautiful place. great post. :)

  30. Loving the edgy dark look - it's absolutely perfect for the fall :)
    And that cafe looks great! <3

    XO, Elizabeth

  31. May, you look super FABULOUS!! Love your lipstick color. Amazing style!! Happy Monday!
    Much love, Len

  32. Love your classic black outfit and the food looks delicious! xx


  33. Such a nice post and lovely read. Not to mention, your ensemble is poetic. You love usual.

  34. Unique piece of outfits can't help but to notice the lipstick, super chic. x

  35. the cafe looks amazing!

  36. I totally thought I commented on this post!! Anyway, I love your honesty in this review. I'm glad to hear the cafe at least provided great service despite the sub-par food. Nice photos, May!


    Looks by Lau

  37. Love the look!

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  38. this is a really cute cafe! I like this sort of gothic-chic outfit! the tights are super cool

  39. Girl, you killed it with this outfit! Loving the goth vibes, you've done it oh so well. Also, so, so, so intrigued with the tights. Those ladders are perfect. How the hell do you create them like that. I can't even get rips right on denims lol!


  40. Absolutely love the look and the ramen! so many heart-eyed emojis :D -Maireem

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  41. Your dress is so chic and that food looks so good


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