Monday, January 11, 2010

Restaurant Harbour Steamboat @ Sri Petaling

When my parents said that there was a steamboat place that i got to try, just doors away from my dad's office, i was sceptical.

Firstly despite spending abit of time around the area, i had not seen a steamboat restaurant.

Secondly, my dad is kind of prone to introducing us to mediocre restaurant although he does surprise us once in awhile with a gold mine.

Thirdly, the last steamboat place he took us wasn't exactly the greatest of places.

Well fortunately you would know by now, that my dad did not disappoint but the meal exceeded all expectations.

True enough, the name does not excite, Harbour Restaurant with an orange signboard. Step inside and you can hear the boss rejecting reservations as the place is booked to the brim. Although the walls are filled to the brim with praises and comments and looked more like untasteful graffiti, it does assure you that you are well taken of.

This is the first time i have seen a restaurant charging for soup, RM30 to be exact. What you get is the pork bone soup (refillable) and it comes with 3 huge bones.

The bones that accompanied the soup.

Here you don't have set menus and everything is ala-carte from the fish balls to the vegetables. All the "balls" are home made and have a good texture. The thinly sliced beef and pork have premium versions which made this a rather expensive meal if everything is premium.

You even get pork liver too which requires nothing more than 30 seconds if you want a medium cooked middle.

Throw everything to boil and cook.

While you wait for the meal to cook, theres a mixture that you can concoct to dip your meat in. A dried chilli paste, fu yu which is also some sort of fermented bean paste and cilantro. Ohh so delicious!

The bonus is that the place is air-conditioned which prevents some heavy duty sweating. While the food may not be all that cheap, the ingredients used i suppose makes up for it.

Address and contact details:

No. 19, Ground Floor,
Jalan 13/149L,
Seri Petaling,
57000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-90594353

Open from 6pm-11pm

Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Probably deserve 4 stars if it was abit more affordable. Don't attempt to walk in because you might be getting an answer like, can, wait 2 hours. Tables for steamboat don't have a quick enough turnover time, so yes, go book and you shall be rewarded.


Sean said...

hey i've seen this place! driven past it lotsa times, since i live in sri petaling. yeah, it looks like a regular shophouse restaurant from outside, but the food u had seems very promising. another place to take my family when they come up for chinese new year!

CUMI & CIKI said...

wei, why the bones so weird color one.. eek :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: ohh u stay nearby? convenient for u try it out

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: boiled for too long? more likely its my stupid fone camera.

thule a.k.a leo said...

yummy yummy!!! very near cheras.. next time can bring Jenn's family there :)

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Was the pork liver nice? I cannot seem to enjoy liver...unless it's in pate form or the luxurious foie gras. =P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: of course! get to cook it the way u want it! u dont eat it in ur pork noodles meh?

leo: yeah considered decent driving distance from cheras.

Chaokar said...

looks as if they serve pork only.

minchow said...

Hmm still don't get steamboat, though I must say I've been more sold on joints that charge according to the quality of the broth. You really gotta love those balls to make anything of the choices at steamboat, don't you think? CNY coming up.. which means more sweating over blooming pots of balls in typical seasonal heat... *dread*

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

minchow: haha yes sweat n balls..wat a lovely combo!

chaokar: got beef too!

fatboybakes said...

dang, now i have a craving for liver...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: i hope its not bcos ur liver is failing still sober since new years!

foodbin said...

used to patronize a porridge broth steamboat behind this restauarant-wonder whether it's still around?

Anonymous said...

There is a restaurant in Taman Minang...further in from Taman Len Seng near Phoenix...have the similar type of steamboat. Pork bone soup boil with white carrot and with wine in it. And its really good.

tummythoz said...

Charging for soup? Later there'll be like in Hong Kong, diff prices for diff types of soup.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

tummythoz: actually they do, the porkbone soup is the more exp 1..

anon: will try to find this out!

foodbin: only way is for me to go check it out

eiling lim said...

I love steamboat and this place looks like a worth visit! What you say it's true.. people sit through a steamboat dinner till the restaurant closes!

pang said...

tis is a popular HK steamboat joint. Expensive but fresh. Just opened another branch in Bdr Puteri (behind Public Bank) HK style ie Pork bone broth,luv their fresh home made fish n seafood balls.
foodbin: There r two porridge steamboat shops,HotPot n Eastern Deligh but d latter has closed oredi.

sc said...

hey, the sauce mix looks something like i had in shanghai! i can imagine how yummy it would taste :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sc: ohh like shanghai??

pang: oh isit? well no wonder its good

eiling: n i think they cant stop u if u continue to order!

Anonymous said...

there is one HK style steamboat at Jln Imbi...hv many different soups and sauces for you to choose...ok..not bad..bit expansive though. still prefer the Taman Minagn one...the soup is superb!