Monday, June 23, 2008

6-10 Grill and Nasi Lemak @ SS 17

Promising a review yesterday when the pictures are not even uploaded isn't exactly the smartest thing to do. Then again fret not, as i did not have search high and low too long for some food pictures to let you feast on.

Back to the issue of eating "expensive" cheap food, 6-10 Grill appeared to be another typical example of this theory where people are more then willing to pay more then they should on a dish that is worth far less then the norm.

Attempting to deconstruct fusion food by having two stalls that serve western food on one side and nasi lemak on the other, what you get is typical western grill and non-halal nasi lemak.

At the grilling station, your usual western fare of chicken chops and pork chops are served in a hearty portion but do look out for their expensive items like their chilled NZ steaks that can cost a whopping RM40 a plate. Wait a minute, isn't this suppose to be a neighborhood coffee shop with no air-con?

But aren't the prices equivalent to some steakhouses? Luckily the comparatively affordable pork chop that came with pineapple sauce was available for RM14.50, a steal i must say.

The pineapple sauce seemed abit out of place, especially as it tasted like the usual brown sauce with abit of sugar from canned pineapples. Other then that the nicely grilled juicy pork chop was a delight to devour with the fatty layers melting in your mouth. If there was something positive, this is one the rarer ones that do pork chops.

Now i suppose the irony of "expensive" cheap but promising food doesn't stop there.

Their famous Nasi Lemak is also available from RM8 and goes all the way to 14! Choices of either 1,2 or 3 side dishes with the usual range of beef rendang, curry chicken, sambal sotong and the most unusual minced pork sambal!

The last time i checked, we could still get packed nasi lemak with sotong and a fried egg for RM3 back in my old office. So was the nasi lemak worth RM14?

The cunning thing about this nasi lemak is that the rice isn't exactly the size of a rice bowl, probably two thirds, so don't be surprised if you order extra rice, with all the goodies surrounding it. The usual condiments were served; peanuts and ikan bilis, hard boiled egg and a sweet sambal.

Then the scrutiny of the 3 dishes that it came along with:

The curry chicken with A pieces of potato was scrumptious and not overpowering spicy, just enough for a good kick when you mix it to the santan rice.

The beef rendang falls apart easily when you nudge it with your spoon and fork. Needless to say, really good without being too filling.

The minced pork with a bit of lime, which somehow reminded me of spicy bolognaise was an eye opener because in my 22 odd years of life, i haven't eaten minced pork sambal with nasi lemak. It was definitely match made in heaven with the rice and kind of reminded me of how the Taiwanese like to eat their rice with minced meat.

Still at RM 14, i am inclined to say it is worth it, but having seen how the auntie carefully calculated how many pieces of beef to give you and how big the scoop of curry you get, you somehow feel that you are being shortchanged especially if you think how much can an extra potato or a piece of beef cost?. Well, i suppose basic economics dictate the whole food industry, as long as there is demand, there is supply.

So as long as you guys out there are still willing to fork out more then RM 10 for nasi lemak, the auntie will happily dish it out for her specialty for you.

Wash it all down with a huge tall glass of barley that cost RM3.50, with plentiful of sugar.

I suppose this was a satisfying meal, nevertheless.

This month seems so long, how come it takes forever to reach the 28th this time around.

Address and contact details:

BG-1, Block B,
Happy Mansion
Jalan 17/13,
46400 Petaling Jaya
Section 17 Low Cost Flats. Close to the SRK Sri Damai.

Tel: 03 7955 4993, 012 601 9976 (Erik)

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (that is one lesson i learnt, know when the restaurant opens and closes! originally meant to eat Thai food, only to realise they don't open for lunch on Saturdays)

Verdict: If I never gave a toss at the prices i am paying, the nasi lemak definitely deserves 4 stars out of 5 stars but reality does hurt and somehow at RM14 for a nasi lemak, i am not sure how many people can stomach it well. Definitely a return for the minced pork sambal after the 28th.


mh said...

with the ringgit being stretched to the max, day seems to be very far away. Bro, ur's on 28th, mine comes in on the feeling the pinch...LOL!!! But food, glorious food....if its good, its worth every penny spent!

CUMI & CIKI said...

yup agree.. the pork, chicken, lamb chops are pretty standard, but anything with the red wine becomes expensive! We didn't try the nasi lemak.. at RM14, and small protions.. steep la :)having said that, this plc is fast and convenient.. and gives an "affordable image" that's why so many ppl eat thr

boo_licious said...

Been around for ages, this place. Owned by an old friend who took over the biz from his dad. Didn't remember the nasi lemak being so pricey!

Kenny Mah // Life for Beginners said...

Nasi lemak sounds good but at that price? I think I'm sticking to my Village Park variety at less than half the price... You know what they say, right? PRICE does matter. Lol.

Nic (KHKL) said...

wah, RM14! will have to eat it slowly, savouring every bite. good on the stomach as well..good eating habits...heheheh...

ling239 said...

erm... no pork chop with red wine sauce ? :p
heard that is good ~

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: no wor..but i did see a lamb with red wine sauce..

nic: sigh fast or slow..the amount doesnt change haha..dont want to lie to myself la..

kennymah: take me there!

boo: read the old has indeed been jacked up..prices that is.

c&c: well try it once la i suppose..

mh: haha the 1st? means u shud still have moolah la?

backstreetgluttons said...

pricing for new modern eateries are tricky as this depends a lot on competitors' pricing and many personal "satisfaction" factors which probably explain why there really is no fixed formula for a restaurant's success.The permutations are quite unpredictable it seems.So your coming new venture is a kind of lucky hit or miss tho we believe location is ranked no 1. freshness of food no 2. marketing no 3
( we are just agak agaking ony )

ang ang said...

唔。。。看起來很好吃哦!我也很久沒吃 nasi lemak 了。

mimid3vils said...

Oh...RM 14.00 for a nasi lemak at an old air-cond , with mosquitoes...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mimi: thats about right haha..accept in the day no mosquitos and quite hot despite the fan turning away..

ang ang: it does look good isnt?

teambsg: it seems the owner is the master of trickery as they are filling their piggie banks to the brim..

3POINT8 said...

from where i'm staying,
a dish of nasi lemak cost at least rm20, typically rm21~rm27

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

hey joe, what camera r u using to take these great shots?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

3point8: thats bcoz u r @ sydney!! cant compare la..if you divide back by 3..its 7-9 aussies dollars..

terri: a canon 400D

J2Kfm said...

that's an over-rated nasi lemak. RM14? the price is comparable to Madam Kwan's (another over-rated one). who would've imagined back then, a simple nasi lemak dish can evolve to a gourmet dish, priced in the same bracket with pork chops etc? :)

fatboybakes said...

been meaning to try the place for the longest time. oooh, got pork ah? [moving it up the "must try places" list]

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: i guess the "got pork" got u there!

j2fkm: cannot compare to ipoh prices..that being said..still on the high end..yes..

daphne said...

on the bright side, RM$14 is still cheaper than what u can get in Perth (And frm the looks of the photos-better too!).

Not too sure about the pineapple sauce.. it looks... starchy!

Jun said...

looks like the portion of their pork chop shrunk, or is that just an optical illusion? and RM14 for nasi lemak??!! i think that's the most ex nasi lemak i've ever come across!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

daphne: haha photos r deceiving..

jun: haha wait till u c madam kwan!

Simon Seow said...

Woi, brother, you put so many dishes of course expensive la. It's been a while never it here already. I hear the Red Wine Pork Rib is calling me. Here comes papa.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

simon: haha best way to try everything mah..the servings sommore not self service 1 ler..standard portions too!

YilingL said...

i came here the other day and was really turned off by the expensive cheap western fare. i had nasi lemak with the sotong and beef rendang and tot it was just ok though the beef is tender alright. pretty exp for nasi lemak at this kinda place again.

28th... paycheck day?

Precious Pea said...

I love the minced pork sambal...tasted almost like dried shrimp sambal! Wow..the rice now so little eh?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

yiling: haha cant compare cheap western fare to here..their quality is slightly better la..

28th is day for what else? OF COURSE!

pp: yeah lor =(

Crunchasarus Rex said...

Ahhhhhhhh!!! to die for Nasi Lemak..!!!