Limapulo: Baba Can Cook is well-known for serving one of the best Nyonya Laksa in KL. As a Nyonya Laksa fan it’s only natural I would want to give it a try.
Located at the The Row, the interior of Limapulo is a wonderland for Instagram enthusiasts, as it’s dotted with plenty of old school and hipsterish knick knacks, furniture and posters.
However, the ambiance was spoilt by unnecessary blasting of the Wiggle song by one of the foreign workers. Worse still, it’s played on loop. I lost count on how many times we heard the word ‘butt’ during the meal.
Unfortunately, I did not get to try the Nyonya Laksa I came for because it’s only available on certain days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Nyonya Chicken Curry was sold out too before dinner service starts. From that moment on, I knew the meal was not going to be a great one.
In desperation we asked for their Mee Siam @ RM9.90, which was supposed to be served for lunch. Luckily (finally some luck!) there were still some left and it turned out to be the dish we enjoyed the most in that rainy night.
This might be harsh but I think the acclaimed Cucur Udang @ RM9.90 was a miserable fail. Biting into the prawn fritters felt like biting into a clump of soggy and mushy flour. The sauce was more sweet than spicy and lacked a zing. I think any random Malay warung out there could easily churn out a better rendition of this simple dish.
To go with rice, we ordered a Telur Cincaluk @ RM12 – normal tasting in a good way.
Fried Kangkung Sambal Belacan – delicious but we felt ripped off by the price vs portion. For RM15 they could at least throw in a seafood or two. After all, isn’t Kangkung a cheap vegetable as confirmed by our dear Prime Minister?
For extra 2 bucks you could get the Ayam Rempah @ RM17 instead. It doesn’t take a mathematics genius to figure out that this would be a way better bang for your buck.
Desserts were quite a let down too considering the cendol worms tasted frozen and the shaved ice had an annoying coarse texture which I personally did not enjoy. A shame because they pretty much nailed the rest. Cendol is priced at RM3.50 while the ABC is RM4.50.
Overall it was only a so-so experience at best. The dinner came to a total of RM81.20 for a few seemingly simple dishes that we really felt like we overpaid for. For the same spent, we could have a 4 to 5 course dinner at a normal Chinese restaurant.
I know it’s unfair to compare like that, but that’s a good indication of the value of the food at Limapulo. I might return again for the Nyonya Laksa to satisfy my curiosity, but maybe that’s about it.
50, Jalan Doraisamy, 53000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2698 3268