Well, this is surprising. I did not have the slightest clue that the famous Line Clear nasi kandar will relocate to Kampung Baru after they were ordered to vacate their original premise in Penang.
Today is the second day of their operation in the new outlet, so I decided to drop by to check it out. I also read from the news that 70% of the kitchen team has moved here, which includes the main cook himself.
Compared to their old stall located in an alley with questionable hygiene, their new outlet is a proper restaurant – brand spanking new, with plenty of seats, spotless and all. It’s definitely a good thing because everyone can eat with a peace of mind.
I thought the restaurant would be flooded with customers, but it wasn’t. Maybe not many people caught wind of the news, plus it’s a long weekend so I am guessing most people are out of the city.
There seems to be less dishes on rotation, as I remembered there were more choices during my last visit. Nevetheless, you shouldn’t have any problem making out a nice plate of nasi kandar with the offerings available.
I am glad to know that the prices are still kept low and affordable. A serving consisting of a whole chicken thigh with drumstick and vege and ‘kuah campur’ clocks in at only RM7.50. That’s a very reasonable considering it’d cost close to RM10 for a plate of chicken rice with similar portion of meat.
Seafood will naturally cost a lot more, and this serving of nasi kandar with a prawn thrown into the mix cost RM20.60. Most of my friends scoffed at the prawn’s price but there’s nothing unusual about it, since the price is in fact quite standard across most of the nasi kandar chains. Moreover, the price for each dish is clearly displayed on the menu – so the choice is yours.
In all retrospect, the prawn was huge, fleshy and extremely fresh, so I had no qualms paying RM13 for it. Now, for those who have a keen eye, you could have guessed from the photos that the taste of the nasi kandar was not up to par – at least not yet.
Even though the flavor is somewhat there, I felt the curries are a tad watery and not ‘kao’ enough to provide the oomph. Something is missing in the taste, as though it’s lost in translation between Penang and KL. Not to mention the rice was mushy as well.
Drinks are cheap – an iced Milo here is only RM2, it has got to be one of the cheapest in KL.
Line Clear’s menu and prices – click on it for a higher resolution.
Overall, my verdict is there’s no need to rush here just yet. I think it’d be good to give them some time to tweak and improve the recipes to match the original taste. But if you’re really curious, there’s no harm to pay Line Clear a visit now. At least the food is fresh and affordable.
Line Clear Nasi Kandar (LC Restaurant)
No 113, Jalan Raja Abdullah
Kampung Baru, 50300 KL
Business hours: 24 hours daily
Tel: 010-388 3326 / 019-422 3753 / 017-409 6129