Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sri Nyonya @ Section 22, Petaling Jaya

It must be the gazillionth time that i am saying this, i love a nice quiet meal, preferably the whole if not a nice part of the restaurant alone to myself. Sad to say whenever we find a place that suits the criteria, one of a few things happen:

1. Other people like me, swarm there thinking that it will be nice and quiet for them resulting into a warfare.
2. They continue to be quiet until they cant survive on my business alone and close shop.
3. The food is crap and they follow the path of no.2.
4. You are damn lucky in visiting the restaurant when its all quiet and having it all to yourself.

So when my girlfriend asked me to go to Sri Nyonya in Petaling Jaya for lunch, i expected throngs of people (the norm of PJ life, i presume).

What a pleasant surprise, throughout the whole lunch, there was only one other couple. Although the ambience is not exactly "romantic", "rustic" or "welcoming", you can still seat without having to sweat buckets and eat in peace.

However since the weather was darn hot, the cendol was welcoming as a starter rather than a dessert. The chewy snake like pieces is a transparent-like colour as compared to the usual milky limped snakes you get.

We ordered a kerabu that was spicy and came with a kick. The cloud ear fungus lend a crunch to the dish.

The Eggplant dish done their speciality style which escapes me at the moment came in a very spicy but addictive sauce. The shallots were welcomed for the aroma.

The beef rendang pieces were aromatic but lacked the tenderness. By now, my tongue was rather numb and i had no idea what level of spicyness was emitting from this dish.

Pardon my lack of knowledge in Nyonya food but i thought this was quite a decent meal for under RM50. Especially since its hidden in a neighbourhood and its quiet too.

Address and contact details:

14 Jalan 22/49
Petaling Jaya 46300

GPS Coordinates:

N 3o 5.947 E 101o 37.48

N 3.09912 E 101.62475

Tel: +603-7875 1031
Fax: +603-7873 7702

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. For a restaurant that has been opened since 1986, it can only mean one of the few things i mentioned above. I was just damn lucky, i reckon.


sc said...

food looks yummy but dont seemed too nyonya-ish though..

Sean said...

i kinda like quiet places too, though most of my eating companions prefer bustling places. one of my favorites used to be cafe citron on jln eaton, but that seems to have closed...

foodbin said...

looks Nyonya-like the eggplant.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

foodbin: prob the only nyonya dish we ordered..

sean: yeah quiet places r the way to go..n yes..closed means one of the 4 reasons y they were quiet..

sc: i can assure u that they have their nyonya stuff like kapitan chicken n etc etc..

CUMI & CIKI said...

yes! this place is good! (not just coz lisa's my fren;P)

here's my link

J2Kfm said...

numb from the eggplants? hahaha .... hou yeah!

agreed. a quiet meal beats a noisy, tantrum-filled one anyday!

ling239 said...

so spicy? o.O
then i cant eat that d....

thenomadGourmand said...

Err.. looks not too tempting but maybe can give it a try..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tng: well if its too tempting then it will b all crowded lor..haha

ling239: got to choose the non spicy 1s.

j2kfm: yes no noise pls..

c&c: haha

Sophie said...

the eggplant dish looks so delish!

this is really one of the simplest dishes to make anywhere in the world so long as you can get hold of eggplant and sauce package.

Here I bought a sauce pack so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.