Friday, July 27, 2007

Bijan @ Jalan Ceylon

Bijan, if my poor Bahasa Malaysia serves me correct means "sesame".. so were we about to venture to a sesame meal?? Thankfully no.. We visited Bijan after it was selected as one of the candidate places to hold our installation night for the Toastmaster committee.. Serving authentic Malay food fine cuisine style, this was definitely an eye opener concept as all over Malaysia with a majority population of Muslims, this was a place trying to defy the odds by turning what seemed to be staple dishes to a fine cuisine to serve the richer and more delicate people..including me i guess..

One thing i like about this place is the ambience and the feel it gives to me. Situated in a radius of 5km from the main busy streets of Bukit Bintang, it feels as if i finally learnt how peace sounded like and i was like transferred to the middle of some jungle judging from the dark foliage i could see outside the windows..That is of course, once your eye level reaches beyond the fence, the city life hits you like a base ball bat..

Back to our objective of testing some of the dishes and seeing if my colleagues had the same taste buds as me, we asked the captain to recommend a few dishes for us to savour..and she responded in glee and explained every single dish for us..sounded good was all i could reply..but was it good??

The scenario i was talking about..

The Sotong Chilli Gajus (RM22) ..Mild in terms of chili but the taste was spot on..very flavourful with the curry leaves..i spotted a few pieces before proceeding to ask for rice..turned around and it was gone!..damnit..

The Pucuk Paku with Santan and prawns (RM15)..this was overly sweet for me, the coconut sort of overpowered the pucuk paku..a vegetable that is rare to find..but i found out its only RM1 a bunch in Kuching!..

The Rusuk Panggang (RM55) beef ribs marinated with a damn good sauce...this was my favourite and i can imagine me holding the bone with the plate infront of me like i was in TGIF or Chillis..Being fine dining, i had to believe myself..damnit again!.. This is a highly recommended dish..must try..

The Dory Fish Percik (RM36) i thought this was on the overpriced side, sincerely..or maybe its because i am scared of dory fish and i heard the captain say butterfish.. my memories rewinded back to Banquet..haha the fish was flavourful and the marination was good..but with dory fish, theres a chance that it could be over marinated as in too flavourful till the verge of salty or you might have missed the spot..i thought it missed the spot..but the sauce that came on the side..the creamy percik sauce saved the day.. now if only they could use butter fish instead..*hint* *hint*..

White rice washed down with plain water completed the meal and we were disappointed with one thing..a very big disappointment..more disappointed by the coincidence that one of my colleagues actually didnt feel so well from the meal.. They told me there was no CHOCOLATE DURIAN OR DURIAN CHEESECAKE!!!!!

I have their word that those slices are meant to be complimentary when we hold our dinner that night next month.. I just cant wait any longer..maybe i might pop by soon..soon..

Address and contact details:

No 3 Jalan Ceylon
50200 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
www.bijanrestaurant.com
Tel: 0320313575
Fax: 0320313576

A good solid rating of 8.5 out of 10 for RM40 per pax.. Remember to call for their durian desserts!

19 comments:

AngryYoungChild said...

Yay first to comment. XP cheh.

>.> sigh, i have to admit. the word toastmaster gave me the idea again of " Best toast maker in the world "

Dory fish looks gooooddd..mmmm~ chocolate durian ? is that the one from Just heavenly?

Kay said...

Nice dining area, the last dish looks good!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

angryyoungchild: hahah my place is the "in" place to have the 1st comment.. hahah chocolate durian is also available in bijan supposedly different from just heavenly..want to do compare..

kay: hahah yeap its a very nice dining area..

wmw said...

Eh, you only doing reviews of expensive food around that same area. That's 3 in a row....young people of today have so much moolah! hahaha.....

Kok said...

joe,
Pucuk Paku should be cooked with belacan eh? Santan? Hmm...new to me.

God of Food's said...

The dolly fish looks nice. Yeah, is abit over price, as the fish u could get it less then rm10 in the hypermarket.

teckiee said...

I feel so broke... wait.. I am broke.. LOL! My company very slow.... now only starting to setup their own Toastmasters club.

Ginger said...

mmmm.. so yummy

pls link me at http://feastmalaysia.blogspot.com/

hope to see u there!

many many thanks

Kenny Mah said...

Hmm, I'm with Kok. Pucuk paku with belacan sounds more my taste... but santan is worth a try, always food to shake things up a bit. :)

team bsg said...

We always get the feeling that those Muslim big shots seem to be out of place in such fine dining places , except those non-Muslims like yrself and co !
This place looks quite Westernised right ? ( but minus some kind of 'beverages' LOL )

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wmw: this is getting freaky..this is the same comment 3 times but its not coming out.. no lar..im not rubbing it in..i got no more "fine" reviews to do..

kok: i would also prefer it with belacan..

godoffood: hahah well a good piece in isetan can cost up to RM15..but i would have preferred a meatier fish..

teckiee: you need any guest speakers? i want to do some speeches..

ginger: thanks for dropping by..just dropped by in fact..give me some time with the linking..its meant to be an exclusive list..you get the gist..

kennymah: hahah i m standing with you two..

teambsg: nope..other then the ingredients that are well "westernized" the food is pretty much very traditional..

Paprika said...

What a lovely review, what restaurant is this?! ;-). It is butter fish despite what it says in the menu. Heh heh, and you already know the restlah...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

paprika: wah great acting..are u sure its butter fish..how come different from banquet 1??..kekeke..yes i know the rest..

jason said...

Ohh.. so the durian chesecake need to be booked?

sc said...

agree with wmw, young people nowaways getting paid well eh, eating loads of expensive food hor ;p..the rusuk panggang looks good and i'm a sucker for ribs..*drools*

Hor ny Ang Moh said...

Aiyoh! I am torture by ur food pic against! Have a yummy day!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jason: they normally make their cakes during lunch..so theres plenty for dinner..i think...

sc: you are one of them rite???..keke

horny: have a hor ny day too!

anna said...

hey..whens your toastmaster event...can i come tooo...8.5/10 huh...sounds like its worth a visit.

i pass the place almost every friday night, and the place seems real popular wif cars line up outside...
at least now i have an idea of wat they serve :)

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