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2013-01-09 65 views
I had lunch here when it wasn't really a lunch period so the restaurant was quite empty. There was only 2 other tables occupied throughout the entire time i was there. The exterior looked pretty grand for a place in orchard central, the interior was however, very simple and neat. Just chairs and tables around in an orderly fashion. A little disappointing as I was expecting it to have a more Indonesia decor feel. Upon entering the restaurant, the food can be seen presented like the "cai fan" stor
The exterior looked pretty grand for a place in orchard central, the interior was however, very simple and neat. Just chairs and tables around in an orderly fashion. A little disappointing as I was expecting it to have a more Indonesia decor feel.
Upon entering the restaurant, the food can be seen presented like the "cai fan" store (economical rice store), with the dishes laid out and one can just point and order whatever you want. We got seated quickly and went off to order the food, literally just pointing and asking for the food. haha! Hawker concept in restaurant setting!
As it was not the lunch hour, our food was served pretty quickly. Also, the dishes weren't cold (unlike some cai fan stores, after lunch hour the food starts to turn cold). Anyhow, the staff were also very prompt in service (but maybe because it felt like there were more waiters/waitresses than customers). One of the staff kept pushing us to order the drinks too! (Dont like this ): ), but i guess it may be because she felt that the food may be too spicy for us (told her when ordering that i cant take extremely spicy food!) So, i guess, customer service? lol.
Onto the food!
1. Sambal udang petai (praws and exotic beans in sambal) - $9.50
I like the prawns! It was very crunchy. The sambal was kind of overwhelming for me. Low threshold for spice ): Luckily, the rice they serve was there to buffer the spiciness.
2. Sambal terong (eggplants in sambal & anchovies) - $7
My love for eggplants didn't die here! yay! I like the squishy, melt in mouth kind of eggplants, and it was perfect for me! However, there was no anchovies taste at all, neither were there any bits of anchovies. I suspect they grind the anchovies into powder form and the sambal had overpowered the taste of anchovies.
3. Rendang daging sapi (beef redang (or cattle meat rendang) - $8
This was one of the chef's recommendation and i can see why. The beef was soft and tender enough and the flavour of the rendang came out nicely. One of the best beef rendang i've eaten before!!
4. Kari Kambing (mutton curry) - $9.50
OK dish. I used the curry for the rice! haha! it was delightful (:
The prawns, eggplant and beef rendang were all chef's recommendation and it was not disappointing at all!
The only gripe i have for this place is that it's a little costly! But if you're willing to pay for good food, this is one of the place to try padang cuisine!