Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju @ Bangsar Baru

18 07 2010

Mention banana leaf rice in Bangsar and most people would agree that Sri Nirwana Maju serves one of the best banana leaf rice around town. This barebone restaurant is a far cry from the rows of more up-class dining outlets at Jalan Telawi 3. There are no down-lights nor fancy decorations to be found here. Instead, what you get is a good serving of banana leaf rice.

Despite the hoards of customers at this restaurant, service was exceptionally fast. Within minutes, the banana leaf was laid on the table with white rice place on top of the leaf. Then came the deep fried bitter gourd and sliced long beans generously poured beside the rice.

One thing good about banana leaf rice is the unlimited serving of vegetables.

And to compliment the meal, a few crunchy crackers or papadum provides a good appetizer.

We ordered the fried sotong which was nicely marinated and deep fried.  Don’t forget to squeeze the lime for the tinge of sour taste.

The fried chicken was equally good as well. Although it was a bit cold, I could still taste the richness of the various spices that were used to fried with it.

When it comes to Indian cuisine, I like my dish to be flooded with curry. The combination of main and side dishes mixed together made the meal really delicious. The meal costs RM 28.10 for two people with drinks.

If you want to drop by there for lunch or dinner, be prepared to wait for a table. The restaurant is packed with people almost everyday. Still, what’s a fair bit of waiting time compared to the great meal to be had?

Sri Nirwana Maju
43, Jalan Telawi 3
59100 Bangsar Baru
Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 2287 8445

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Warung Rindu @ Bukit Angkasa

17 07 2010

I heard from my colleague that there is this particular stall at Pantai Dalam commuter station called ‘Warung Rindu’. Rindu is a Malay word for ‘yearning or longing’ and since Warung Rindu is famous for their nasi lemak, customers will apparently yearn for the nasi lemak when they can’t have it.

Since it sounded quite appealing to me, I decided to bring my iPhone to locate the stall using its Google Map function. After a handful of wrong turnings and Internet browsing while on the road, I managed to find the stall at Jalan Bukit Angkasa which is a stone throw away from the commuter station.

Sure enough, the stall does look pretty interesting with rows of nasi lemak bungkus lining up at the front counter. The chicken were also being fried when I ordered my plate of nasi lemak. Having heard so many good things about it, I was waiting in anticipation to taste it.

The dish (RM 4.50) came with a drumstick, fried egg and sambal.

Firstly, the chicken wasn’t really that great. After hearing so much about Warung Rindu, I was surprise to find out that their chicken was only average at best.

It didn’t have enough ‘rempah’ taste as I would expect from a stall like this.

The sambal wasn’t spicy at all. As a matter of fact, there was a tinge of sweetness in it which is not a bad thing. But I find it lacking of the ‘kick’ that I would prefer in a good dollop of sambal. Overall, I wasn’t impress with the meal at all.

The satay stall which is located next to Warung Rindu fared much better.

The chicken meat (RM 0.50 per stick) was sweet and tasted quite alright. Some prefer the skewered meat to have a bit more fats in them but I prefer mine without it.

And at such, the satay suits my preference.

The kuah satay unfortunately was only average. If they had added more crunch peanut in it, I am sure it would have tasted better.

After asking my colleague again, I was told that the original Warung Rindu is located at the turning off the main road of Pantai Dalam commuter station. Sigh…!

Warung Rindu
Jalan 1/112A
Taman Bukit Angkasa
59200 Kuala Lumpur

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I.N.T Restaurant @ Subang Jaya

23 06 2010

For whatever meaning the initial I.N.T stands for, this would probably be the least concern in most customers’ mind when they are having a meal at I.N.T Restaurant. This is because their Nasi Briyani is really awesome and one of the best I have ever had so far.

Located at the ground floor of a low cost apartment, the outlook of the restaurant was rather bare bone. Inside, the friendly staff would be all too eager to recommend their Nasi Briyani over white rice and even includes a huge chunk of curry lamb shank when I was there. However, I did not opt for the lamb but instead, I took some other dishes.

I love their fried cauliflower. It was really tasty!

The fried bitter gourd was equally good as well.

The mixed vegetables salad was pretty nice.

I also took the fried omelette and a mixture of curry gravy.

Their fried chicken (which was just deep fried when I arrived) was simply mouth-watering. This is one of the best deep fried chicken I had apart from the one at Village Park.

The meal costs RM 10.50 which is slightly on the high side but considering the amount of side dishes I took plus the huge chunk of chicken (inclusive of the thigh), it was really worth the money. Moreover, the Nasi Briyani was full of fragrant and taste. Highly recommended!

I.N.T Restaurant
Lot 1, Ground Floor, Blok 1
Jalan SS 13/1E
Subang Jaya
47500 Petaling Jaya

Tel: 03-5637 4869

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Nasi Lemak @ Village Park Restaurant

7 06 2010

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
Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7710 7860

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