Janwa Thai, a no-frills Thai restaurant at Bandar Menjalara that is a popular with the locals. It is run by a Thai family so you could only expect honest and reasonably priced food here. This could be considered our ‘safe’ restaurant whenever we are out of dining ideas, especially on weekends.
Special Seafood Tomyam @ RM28. It is prepared really hot and sour here, definitely not for those who have a weak tolerance. Because of that we usually do not order this when eating in a small group.
The slightly spicy Thai Fish Cakes (RM2.50/pc) are made using only fresh fish fillets (seasoned with red curry paste, hence the color) are a must try here. They have a compact yet springy texture and smells aromatic with the addition of minced lemongrass. Simply delightful to the palate.
A sudden craving for Biryani (Biriyani, Briyani or Beriani, however you spell it) brought me to Anjappar at Bangsar, a restaurant originating from Chennai that specializes in Chettinad cuisine. Chettinad cuisine is known for heavy use of spices, making it one of the most aromatic in India. And apparently, Anjappar also serves the best Mutton Biryani around according to my Indian colleagues. Well, they should know best.
Unlike our local version of Nasi Briyani that comes in individual claypots, the Biryani here is served traditionally in small steel pots. Cooling red onion Raita (Indian yogury salad) and spicy chicken curry gravy are the usual accompaniments.
There is another halal Nyonya restaurant called Bibi Chik at SS2, located at the row of shops just behind the Nyonya Restaurant I went earlier last year. I have always wanted to give it a try because according to a friend who have been to both restaurants, he thinks Bibi Chik fared slightly better. Recently, we had a farewell lunch for our colleague there. But since the dishes are pre-ordered, I do not know how much they cost.
Due to the new coat of maroon paint, the restaurant felt kind of dark and gloomy but not without a distinctive feel. First dish to arrive was Crispy Brinjal, which easily won everyone over. From the looks it seems ordinary enough but you would be pleasantly surprised by the taste. The brinjals still retained the soft and mushy texture on the inside but on the honey coated outside, it was slightly crisp with a crunch. This is more like an appetizer actually.