Tropical Beer Garden

The tropical beer garden is designed in the celebration of merging cultures. Guests could see that here is a replicated buffalo cart just as they walk out of the atrium space (or from the side door of the restaurant, which could also access this space). The reason for this is because the owner wanted to convey to the guests that the buffalo cart is the earliest form of transportation available to the people in North Borneo before being colonised. Also, a replica of a buffalo cart makes for an awesome coconut stand where guest could buy and enjoy its flesh and juice anytime they please.

When the British North Borneo Chartered Company came to North Borneo, North Borneo’s native hero Mat Salleh brought along his men to rebel against the British people. Cannons were used in order to break the walls of Mat Salleh’s defence fort. After which, he lost the fight and his life in the struggle. And so, cannons were sourced and placed in this space to commemorate the struggle that has happened in North Borneo years ago. Years after that, westernisation began slowly. Soon, cars were being used on the roads of the city. To show guests how the cars used to look like, a Morris Minor car made in 1952 was sourced from an antique car dealer and placed in the Tropical Beer Garden.

Amongst others, there is also a post war Japanese bicycle that was used by the Japanese soldiers to steer their way around in North Borneo. It was their choice of transport as if is versatile and that they are able to go their way around in forests. A trishaw which is also a basic transport at those times is placed under the gazebo along with the Japanese bicycle. The reason for sourcing a trishaw is because it was one way of many for Chinese migrants to earn a living. They would often wait at busy areas such as the railway stations and cycle people back to their designated hotels.

Even though the tropical beer garden is situated outdoors, it is actually very windy and cosy. The waterfall feature was set up as a soothing sound absorber, so that guests may have a chat without any hindrance. When a customer feels generous, there is an ‘on-the-house’ bell that they may ring in order to inform people that it’s his or her treat. In receptions, this bell will be used in getting people’s attention when needed, for example during a speech or garden weddings.