Monday, September 28, 2009

Grandmama's @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Grandmama's looks uncannily like Madam Kwan. The ambience it gives you, the menu and certainly some of the taste too. Not to mention the decor too.

I have heard versions of how Grandmama's came about to be so similar to the Madam Kwan chain but regardless whether sister or brother fought, etc; I was only interested to see the differences when it came to the food.

To begin with Grandmama's has the advantage of being quieter as it is placed on 6th floor of Pavilion.

The bustling business of Madam Kwan whether in Mid Valley, Pavilion or Bangsar has put me off and it has been a period since i had my dose of Nasi Bojari.

Going back to the menu, you will notice the much talked about Sang Har Hor Fun, which i duly ordered. The Beef Kuey Teow, Nasi Bojari and a Kai Lan completed the ordering.

A rather starking red ais kacang or "Air Batu Campur" greeted us with an umbra juice with sour plum. Refreshing but priced rather expensive, RM7.95 each.

A well done plate of vegetable with garlic chunks.

The Beef Kuey Teow came in a generous portion and for something like RM14, this represented value for money. The flavours were good and the Dad commented that you probably wouldn't pay any much cheaper for the plate if you ate at Soo Kee.

Their version of Nasi Bojari comes with a fried egg, fried chicken, beef rendang and assam prawns. The rice was abit wet but still tasty nonetheless. A pity the fried chicken was clearly pre-fried as it wasn't pipping hot and the whole plate came 5 minutes after the order. RM20.50.

Priced at RM19 compared to the noodles version which is an extra RM10 (i wonder if got more prawns for the extra sum), The Sang Har Hor Fun is served with a prawn head broth and a big "sang har" split into two. The noodles were not too smooth but one just cant resist sipping down the rich and cholesterol laden soup and enjoy the fresh prawn.

Compared to Madam Kwan, this was a much quieter place that manage to serve us a decent quality meal for oh well, a shopping centre price.

Address and contact number:

Level 6, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-21439333

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. A worthwhile place to take a bite at (with a slight premium) instead of fighting with everyone on the lower ground floor scurrying for food court food.

26 comments:

Life for Beginners said...

Must be really quiet cos I head to Pavilion 3-5 times a week and I didn't notice this place... I guess I spend too much time down in the "lower regions" of the 1st floor vs. the loftier heights of the 6th floor, hehe.

zewt said...

my version is that this is own by the daughter in law.

for those kinda food, i would still prefer hawker... soo kee, though it may be more expensive, will just give u that little bit extra.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

zewt: ohh i heard daughter..well true..but when u r in a shopping complex, got to make do with wat u got..

kenny: haha well at least i hav shown tat loftier heights doesnt mean loftier prices =)

thenomadGourmand said...

Hm..RM14 for the Soo kee like dish is ok still..but RM20 for nasi bojari?
havin said that I did enjoy the N Bojari at Mdm Kwan ..hehe..I didnt pay so yeahh..now i knw how much it costed my host. Haha

J2Kfm said...

umla?!! hehehe ... not umbra meh?
sounds chinese.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j2kfm: umbra haha..corrected liao..the chinese word is "sa li"

tng: well protein is more exp than carbs, what to do..got chicken, prawns and beef mah..

PureGlutton said...

I passed by this place the other day while on the way to the cinema in Pavilion but didn't feel like eating madam kwan-kinda food, hehe!

Sean said...

yeah, dunno why they charge more for the crispy noodle sang har meen. it's the same amount of prawn...
u gotta return for the fish head noodles. that was a real knockout...

ai wei said...

the ABC looks nice and colorful but it's very expensive ooo @@

New Kid on the Blog said...

new outlet?? have not seen this before...

mimid3vils said...

the sang har hor fun looks like something spicy because of the colour...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mimi: haha the colour is caused by the plenty of prawns!

new kid: couple of mths maybe..

aiwei: yeah =(

sean: 10 bucks for frying noodles? will try the fish head..

pureglutton: well another time!

sc said...

hmm, heard mixed reviews about this place..should try it one day..

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sc: well i must thk my lucky stars that the food was quite decent when i went

Simon Seow said...

I think Madam Kwan's nasi bojari looks more appetizing.

Nic (KHKL) said...

the sang har reminds me of our trip to penang. imagine using those sang har to cook the hor fun! wowz!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

simon: must b the hot fried chicken..

nic: yeah man..nxt time ask them try this recipe!

Tummythoz said...

If just a picture guess, that Hor Fun looked like Tomyum Gong to me.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tummythoz: yeah i suppose the lighting didnt help..but its tat rich..

ling239 said...

the sang har hor fun is in the soup ?
i was expecting something like wat-tan-hor... :p
is it something like prawn mee ?

qwazymonkey said...

Ahhh....that reminds me where to makan next week when I'm in the mall again. hehe

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

qwazymonkey: grand ma maaaaa...

ling239: more like prawn mee minus all the spice..i thought it was wat tan hor too..

thule a.k.a leo said...

Jenn said the same thing "It looks like Madam Kwan's".. lol! Then I told her that the daughter actually opened this outlet.

I had the sang har hor fun when I went there on Raya Day 1... their version is different from Pan Heong's with the soup filled with prawn roes (the soup is good nonetheless). But I still prefer Pan Heong's version.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: pan heong means like wet dan hor lor?

CUMI & CIKI said...

looks good!no wonder u broke la.. makan makan non stop!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: no la..all this cheap cheap 1..