Damyanti Ghosh •
20 Mar 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower
This place has a great ambience, lovely ethnic interiors.
When it came to food, however, we have an entirely different story to tell.
We ordered the Ayam Buah Keluak (chicken with black nuts, at 24 sgd), which was decent, though not the best. The Beef Rendang was chewy, with a terrible red gravy (and having eaten rendang at restaurants and friends' places for more than a decade, we know what we're talking about). For a dish that cost 18 dollars we expected a better serving than 3 small pieces-- it wasn't enough for two people.
This seemed to be the norm: tiny, over priced portions. They charge 4 sgd for 4 prawn crackers, and the Pomelo kerabu (salad) seemed barely enough to serve two adults, also priced at 18 sgd. The taste didn't merit the price either-- pomelo, lime, and peanuts.
The vegetable curry, at 25 sgd, more expensive than the chicken, tasted like an abomination. 3 pieces of okra floating in a spicy soup with liberal amounts of chopped green chilly, 3 pieces of tomato (3 seems to be their magic number) and a few slices of onion. An absolute scandal.
With their minuscule serving sizes combined with the awful cooking, the bill seemed like an insult-- for three people, with only longan tea as a drink, we paid 130 sgd: the bill came in a fancy red envelope!!
The saving grace was the lady taking care of our table, Mariah. Elegant in her traditional kebaya, she described to us the recipe for the chicken, and really took time to make us feel welcome: chatting, smiling and refilling our tea cups. As we told her, she was the only aspect of the restaurant we really loved.
This place is attached to the Perankan museum, and probably is trying to cater to tourists who don't know much about the fantastic flavours and subtle nuances of Pernakan cuisine.
We felt ripped off by this restaurant and would never recommend this place, not wanting others to experience the same lousy, overpriced fare we did. We wish the management would serve food commensurate with their prices, because right now, they're far from it.