If you like your nasi lemak with extra ingredients then you gotta give Village Park @ Damansara Uptown a try. Besides plain nasi lemak, they offer various dishes as additional add-ons like ayam goreng rempah, sambal udang, sambal petai and even rendang.
Village Park is very popular and often comes in top for nasi lemak, especially after they had been named as the best nasi lemak by FriedChillies. I don’t know about FriedChillies’ credibility, but it certainly helps in many ways. For me, I came based on the many suggestions I got from friends.
I anticipated Village Park would be very crowded because of their popularity, but didn’t quite expect the crowd to be so huge lol. On an early Sunday morning, the queue for the nasi lemak alone was shockingly long, and there were no seats too despite having tables set up over a span of three shops including the parking space in front.
But the service was surprisingly quite friendly, with the staff eagerly to suggest us on what to order. And the time for our nasi lemak to arrive was relatively short too given the huge number of customers. Looking through the menu, we wanted to try the rendang but unfortunately for unknown reasons they didn’t have it that day. So we tried the sambal udang and ayam goreng rempah combo @ RM10.30 instead.
Although not cheap, you do get a whole chicken thigh. And how they chopped the chicken thigh it looked so messy, I have absolutely no idea lol. But rest assured it was fragrant and tasty, especially the cripsy skin albeit a little salty. The sambal udang was good as well, fresh with firm flesh.
It might have appealed to me more because of the additional ingredients, but take away those you would still have a great serving of traditional nasi lemak. The rice was nicely cooked with the desired separate grains for better biting sensation. And the sambal was suiting to me because despite being both sweet and spicy, it tasted more spicy than sweet.
I have a growing fondness for half boiled egg recently and always order it whenever possible, RM1.80 for a pair.
Do note that they do not allow any photographs within the restaurant, it was stated on a big sticker so I didn’t bother. But do linger a while at the counter and pay attention to the list of famous people who have eaten at Village Park before. One of them is our ex-Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir yo!
Village Park Restaurant (Closed from evening onwards)
No.5, Jalan SS21/37,
47400 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03 – 7710 7860
GPS Coordinates: N03 08.259 E101 37.404 (malfreemaps)