Thursday, 2 November 2017

Jalan Reko Portuguese Grilled Fish @ Kajang, Selangor

In Kajang, there seems to be many restaurants that are operating from their homes and this is one such place. This restaurant specialises in Grilled Fish and they are prepared in a variety of styles. 

Humble Looking Banner

The House In Taman Hijau

Seating Area In The Porch

Seating Area In The Porch

Endorsed By The Rasikka Rusikka Team
This place has a very humble set up and it would take a local to know that there is a restaurant here. Even the banner was a faded one. Despite being located right beside Jalan Reko not too far away from the MRT Station, it may be tough to spot this place if you drive fast. It also seems that the Rasikka Rusikka Team had endorsed this restaurant and that gave me an assurance that the food should be good. 

They have three seating sections here, one is in the living room, another in the porch and they also do have some tables outdoors. Their menu was rather simple but it had a good variety of grilled fish. Besides that, a variety of noodles and other dishes were also available. The house itself seems old, must be one of those early residential areas in Kajang but it had a good upkeep and the place was clean. We were here around 9 pm and even at that hour, there was a steady flow of customers and the boss seemed to be addressing everyone by their name. They definitely must have a good customer base that visits them frequently.

Staff Cleaning The Fish

Ingredients Added

More Ingredients Added

Heating Up The Charcoal Grill

Heating Up The Charcoal Grill

Grilling In Progress
We had ordered one Grilled Fish and a bowl of noodles. The fish is fresh as it is kept alive in an aquarium. We actually witnessed the killing of the fish right in front of our eyes. One staff catches the fish and then hands it over to another staff that kills it with a single blow right there at the porch. He then cleans the fish and hands it over to the lady boss who grills the fish herself. She then heats up the charcoal grill, adds the ingredients into the foil and places the fish on the grill. Since they use charcoal grills, it does take a while for the fish to be cooked but it was worth the wait. 

Loh Mee @ RM 6.00
The bowl of Loh Mee that we ordered came quite fast. For RM 6.00 , it was good to be shared by two people. It came with lots of shrimps, fish cake and sliced pork and the broth was just perfect. The right thickness and the flavours were mild and good. Not as great as the ones that we get in Ulu Yam, nevertheless it was way better than the ones that you get in Kuala Lumpur. My rating for this shall be 8/10. 

Grilled Fish @ RM 37.00

Absolutely Delicious Stuff!
We had ordered the grill fish that was to be cooked with ginger and they were very generous with the ginger. The fish itself was so good and it was so soft and nice. The overall combination of ginger, birds eye chili, soy sauce and okra was heavenly. It was so good that even after being done with the fish, we kept scooping out the sauces. The fish itself may be slightly pricey but it's definitely worth it. My rating for this shall be 9/10. 

This is a very humble set up that operates from a house in Taman Hijau which is located along Jalan Reko, Kajang. They specialise in a variety of Grilled Fish preparations and this home restaurant has been in existence for ages. Besides the fish dishes, they do have some noodles which is pretty good as well. The fish itself could be slightly pricey but it's totally worth it. Do be prepared to wait as it may take some time for the fish to be grilled since they use charcoal grills. Another gem of a place that should not be missed in Kajang. This place has also been endorsed by the Rasikka Rusikka Team from ASTRO. 

Address: 100, Taman Hijau, Jalan Reko, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 1500 - 0000 (Closed on Mondays)

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Ekkamai Bar & Thai Kitchen @ Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur

A friend of mine recommended giving this place a try saying that the food here was very good and the way that he had been promoting this restaurant really made me want to visit this place. This restaurant is located on Level G2, Block C5 in Solaris Dutamas. Having had a meeting here earlier in the day made it all the more convenient for me and here I am at this restaurant. 

Outdoor Seating Area

Value For Money Set Lunches

Tea Time Promotions
This restaurant was not too difficult to find. If you follow the block numbers, you would hardly miss this place. They have a indoor and outdoor seating area and the ambiance was just lovely. Besides the Ala-Carte Menu, one could also go for their set meals which looks pretty good to me. 


Iced Green Tea @ RM 10.00

Steamed Rice @ RM 3.00
Ordering was a breeze and the waiters were very professional. In a matter of minutes the cutlery along with the drinks were served. Some may find the pricing here to be a little steep but I guess for the locality, it's quite acceptable. 

Green Chicken Curry @ RM 28.00

Spicy Calamari @ RM 20.00
I usually don't go for Green Curry because none of the places that I have come across in Malaysia does it as good as what you get in Thailand. But since this came highly recommended, I went for it. True enough, it was really something and tasted just like the one that you would get in Thailand. Perfectly balanced flavours and it was mildly spicy. My rating for this shall be 9/10. Their Spicy Calamari was another excellent dish. It was so good that I did not even have to go for the dip sauce. Crunchy, juicy and addictive. Again, 9/10 is what this preparation deserves. 

Chicken Cashew Nut @ RM 29.00

Kailan @ RM 18.00
The Chicken Cashew Nut was slightly on the spicy side but taste wise, it was heavenly. Very generous with the ingredients and it was awesome. 10/10 would be my rating for this. Their Kailan was another excellent dish. Just look at the freshness of those leaves. 9/10 would be my rating for this. 

I have visited most of the premium Thai restaurants in the Klang Valley. Most of them charge premium prices but not everything tastes great there. Ekkamai however does an amazing job with the dishes. Each and every dish that we tried was good, really good and I won't say that their prices are very high. Slightly pricey but it was totally worth it. For great Thai food in the Klang Valley, I would strongly recommend Ekkamai. 

Address: 34, Level G2, Block C5, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Business Hours: 1130 - 0100 Daily

Friday, 20 October 2017

Sarimah's Kitchen @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Sarimah's Kitchen is a restaurant that is famous for their Northern Style Malay food. This restaurant is located in CBD Perdana 2 area, just a few doors away from Bank Islam. The place is mostly crowded during lunch hours and throughout the business hours, parking can be a challenge in this area. 

Sarimah's Kitchen in CBD 2 Area

Teh O Ais
Despite being just a few doors away from my office, I had never had the chance to visit them before. However as I had some work in Bank Islam today, I decided to drop by for lunch but sadly, by 2.30 pm most of the food had been sold out and all that they had was the fried stuff. Having had no choice, I decided to go for Nasi Goreng Kampung. I ordered a glass of Teh O Ais as well and as expected, it was good. My rating for this shall be 9/10. 

Nasi Goreng Kampung

Nasi Goreng Kampung
In a matter of minutes, my Nasi Goreng Kampung was served. The Fried Rice was perfect. It had a good mix of ingredients and it did taste great. They were quite generous with the anchovies too. For Northern Style Malay cuisine or simple dishes like these, Sarimah's Kitchen does it all well. Definitely a good place to visit but please do come early as it tends to get sold out rather fast.

Address: CBD Perdana 2, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 0800 - 2000 Daily

Thursday, 19 October 2017

All In All Restaurant @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

There are so many South Indian restaurants in Cyberjaya but finding good food at reasonable prices is a challenge. All In All Restaurant is a day to day South Indian restaurant that is located on the Glomac Cyberjaya side and this is a place that I visit every now and then solely for the good food and reasonable prices. 

The Restaurant Along Jalan GC 14

Teh O Ais @ RM 1.50
It was a late Saturday afternoon when I visited them and the place was pretty quiet. To be honest, you don't get much activity over the weekends in Cyberjaya but still there were a decent number of customers here. I ordered a glass of Teh O Ais which was priced at RM 1.50 and it was perfectly fixed. My rating for this is 8/10. 

My Lunch @ RM 8.50
One can either opt for Banana Leaf Rice meals or go for the plate option. As I was in a hurry, I choose the latter. Good spread of dishes were available. I went for some Rice, Sambar, Fish Curry, Egg Sambal, Bean Sprouts and Mutton Perattal. This entire lot was reasonably priced at RM 8.50 .

Fish Curry and Sambar

Bean Sprouts
Both the Fish Curry and Sambar were good. There were thick and sufficiently spiced. Similarly, despite being a simple vegetable dish, their Bean Sprouts were tasty as well. I would rate their curries at 8/10 and these Bean Sprouts at 9/10. 

Mutton Perattal

Egg Sambal
The Mutton Perattal was cooked with lots of potatoes, just the way I love it and it came in some thick gravy. Not much bones and decent lean cuts were used. The spices were perfect too. My rating for this shall be 8/10. Their Egg Sambal as well was decent and I enjoyed the blend of sweetness and spiciness. As for this, I shall rate it 7/10. 

In summary, this place does serve some good food at reasonable prices. The variety is good for both vegetarians and non vegetarians and they also have Banana Leaf Rice Meals as well. Service is speedy and you'd always receive a warm reception. A good South Indian restaurant to patronise in Cyberjaya. 

Address: 15, Jalan GC 14, Block K, Glomac Cyber 4, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia. 

Business Hours: 0800 - 2200 Daily

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Khaayathiri Indian Food Corner @ Kajang, Selangor

Khaayathiri Indian Food Corner is a stall that is located inside Pearl Avenue Corner, a Chinese Food Court that is located in Pearl Avenue Condominium in Sungai Chua, Kajang. This stall has been around for a long time and they operate daily from 8 am till 5 pm. 

A Day To Day Chinese Food Court

My Lunch @ RM 8.00
They do have a good spread during lunch hours and the good thing here is that all dishes are cooked in claypots, giving them a totally different taste. I went for some rice with two vegetables and took a heap of mutton in thick curry. This whole spread cost me just RM 8.00 which I felt to be very reasonable.

French Beans

Lady's Finger
The variety of vegetables were good and I went for the French Beans & Carrot and some stir fried Okra. Both were good in their own ways and I shall rate these 8/10. The good thing with their veggies is that it had a very home cooked taste to it and they were not overdone. 


Thick Mutton Curry with Potatoes
The Mutton itself was just okay. What I didn't like was the fatty portions which seemed to be in abundance. However, their Mutton Curry was heavenly. Made with lots of potatoes, it had a very strong taste and it gave an authentic feel to it. Totally loved it so much so I went back and added more curry and they did not charge me for taking extra gravy. I would rate their Mutton at 8/10 and the Mutton Curry at 9/10. 

For good South Indian stall food in Kajang, Khaayathiri Food Corner would be my choice. I have dined in a number of restaurants in Kajang and these guy's are really something. Excellent variety cooked in claypots, home cooked style food and sold at very reasonable prices. 

Address: PA-S-49-G, Pearl Avenue Corner, Pearl Avenue Shop, Jalan Pasir Emas, 
                Taman Berjaya, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia. 

Business Hours: 0800 - 1700 Daily

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Chill X Cafe @ Cyberjaya, Selangor

Chill X Cafe is a canteen cum cafe that is located inside the MaGIC building in Cyberjaya. As you know, MaGIC organises lot's of events from time to time and as such, this place is almost full house throughout the daily business hours. I happened to be here for one such event and throughout those few days, there was no need for me to head out of this place looking for food as this cafe had such a good variety being sold at very reasonable prices. 

Chill X Cafe On The Ground Floor of MaGIC Building

Teh O Ais @ RM 1.50

Iced Nescafe @ RM 2.50

Iced Coffee @ RM 2.00
Right from breakfast till tea time, they have a variety of food on offer. Looking at the variety that they have, one could really get confused as to what to have. I had tried a number of drinks and they were all good. Each drink was perfectly fixed and sold at reasonable prices. My rating for their drinks would be 9/10. 

Mixed Rice Meal @ RM 9.00

Breakfast Selection @ RM 5.00
The first one was something that I had had for lunch. I went for some rice, a piece of Fried Chicken, some Prawn & Petai Sambal, Salted Egg and some Sotong Sambal and this whole lot was merely priced at RM 9.00 . Similarly, the next day I went for some Fried Mee Hoon, Onion & Anchovies Sambal and an egg and this was priced at RM 5.00 , Each and every dish was good in it's own way and the highlight here is their sambal items which was so good. My rating for these shall be 9/10. 

Breakfast @ RM 5.00

Curry Mee @ RM 5.00
The other two days, I had also had my meals here. One day, I went for their Fried Kuey Teow with some Egg & Onions, Tempeh & Anchovies and Prawn & Petai Sambal and again, it was merely RM 5.00 . I tried their Curry Mee as well and they had added some generous ingredients and the curry itself was thick and good. Again, I shall give these dishes 9/10 as well. 

If you're looking for a good place to have delicious Malay food in Cyberjaya, Chill X Cafe would be one that I would recommend. They have a wide variety of dishes from breakfast till tea and the prices are very reasonable. My personal favourite would be their Sambal varieties. Excellent food and a cosy ambiance. 

Address: MaGIC Building, 3730 Persiaran APEC, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Business Hours: 0800 - 1900