14 Oct 2010 • 13 reviews • 0 follower
Highly recommended by my Malay barber for good local Malay food where even the Malays love to go there. Took me some weeks to make it there today for lunch with a friend who was craving for nasi padang food at Zion Road. I vetoed the idea and opted for this place at Joo Chiat. Parking was a challenge around noon but fortunately after a short wait we found a lot just right in front of the restaurant.
Secured a table at the second floor aircon restaurant and then immediately went down to order our food. Ordered tauhu telor, selar fish stuffed with chilli, ayam with sweet dark soya/tomato/chilli sauce, beef rendang, 2 glasses of lime juice and 2 plates of rice. There is a wide selection of complimentary sauces to choose from : nasi lemak chilli, green cut chilli with onion strips, and belachan chilli. Paid about $24 for all and to my pleasant surprise, the waiter was quick to carry everything to our table.... nice and convenient.
The ayam dish was outstanding and the best of all the dishes, the tauhu telor was very good and cost only $4.50, selar fish was too plain and not enough kick i.e. not spicy enough. Beef rendang was not very lemak but tender and spicy. Lime juice was too watery. Didn't have a chance to try all the other dishes.... looked freshly prepared and delicious. Ordered an additional serving of rice at $0.70 and the waiter brought it to our table. On the way down the stairs, we saw a corner where you can pick up all kinds of Malay kuehs, deep fried snacks etc.... - too much for lunch, will not miss it the next time.
Overall, not bad for a quick and cosy lunch and it beats eating at a nasi padang place in a coffee shop where it is crowdedand hot. I would go back to try the other popular dishes on another day.