The quest for the best nasi lemak has brought me to numerous places to sample this local delicacies. From the Mamak’s version of ‘Nasi Lemak Bungkus’ to Malay’s Nasi Lemak Kukus, this dish has become a common staple among Malaysians. But when it comes to choosing the best ever nasi lemak, it can be quite hard to pick one. Ask anyone out there and they would probably have their own favourite list of Nasi Lemak stalls.
However, a quick search on the Internet reveals that Village Park @ Damansara Uptown serves one of the best ever nasi lemak around town. Being rather curious, I took a drive down to Damansara Utama last two weeks to check it out myself. It was quite hard to locate this place as I initially thought it was somewhere within the central area of Damansara Uptown. Thanks to Google Map, I managed to locate this place (after a few wrong turns) which is just opposite of Bank Rakyat.
I was seated at a table along the walkway as the restaurant was already packed with customers by lunch hour. Despite so, the service was quite fast. The waiter recommended their Ayam Goreng Nasi Lemak (RM 7.00) which is their best seller by far.
The Ayam Goreng certainly looks appetizing. The skin was crispy and the texture indicates that it was deep fried using ‘rempah’ or spices. They were also generous to give the entire chicken thigh which normally would have costs a lot more at some other places. The chicken was nicely fried till golden brown and very aromatic. The taste? Absolutely fantastic!
The sambal was not too spicy and tasted just right. The rice was also nicely steamed. Each grain of rice can be individually tasted inside the mouth and doesn’t end up like a big clump of rice. The lemak has a distinct aroma flavour.
Make no mistake. This is the best Nasi Lemak I have tasted. I would highly recommed this place for any Nasi Lemak lovers! Word of advice. Due to the popularity of this restaurant it is advisable to go there early to get a seat.
Too bad I didn’t get a chance to take more pictures as I heard that the restaurant owners do not like photographers! In fact, no laptops are allowed as well as they do not want customers to sit down there while others are waiting for seats. On the side note, they had a picture of our former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahatir sitting on the same walkway having a plate of Nasi Lemak there too!
Village Park Restaurant
No. 5, Jalan SS21/37
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7710 7860