Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Restaurant Richwell @ Along Rothmans Roundabout, Petaling Jaya

Despite the lack of enthusiasm in bringing out the big chunky camera for my meals, I still made sure that the iPhone was always in my pockets; ready to snap anything drool worthy. That particular night, not only was the food worthy but the company was priceless. 

There are not many meals out there that can be as memorable as those you eat with food bloggers; especially the ones that you have bonded with over the years. To those who came that night, you know who you are, it was so nice to meet all of you after all these months and the laughter and food we shared that night was fantastic.  

Before I continue being so soapy that I can almost shed a tear (which was exactly the opposite of the atmosphere that night, I can assure you)  back to the food. 

Richwell and I seem to always cross path just before I fly out of the country. I remember 9 months ago, we had a farewell dinner for me here and coincidentally we were here once again, a couple of days before I flew out.

Not as crowded and probably not as famous as Greenview despite both of them being on the same street, Richwell continues to do its thing with it's scrumptious cuisine.

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One of their signature dishes (call to pre-order, just in case), their roasted pigeon is pretty good with it's gamey meat and crispy skin. A whole pigeon goes for RM35 (AUD 12) so if you are looking for a good money:meat ratio, this might not be for you. Otherwise, a good starter and remember to use nothing but your hands to eat this!

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I was hankering for a good sweet and sour pork and I think the chef did it justice despite the dish's reputation for being one for the kids or the caucasians. 

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With the gang, there is never too much pork on the table and the second pork dish being the claypot pork belly with salted fish was another screamer. If you stare at the picture long enough, I assure you that it will whisper in your right ear for white rice or if you stare at it longer, you can see the word "rice". 

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Another specialty that comes in the form of fibre is the Siu Nai Pak with Yam. The gooey texture comes from all the mashed up yam served along with some crunchy vegetables is another comforting dish.

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Finally, one more plain vegetable to put into the system before the finale.

What is more fitting and suitable as a finale than the (freshwater?) prawn noodles (or prawns with noodle). The gigantic prawns was nothing but a magnificent sight. Long after devouring it did I wonder how the waitress must have worked her biceps while carrying it from the kitchen to our table. 

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A prawn will set you back RM50 (AUD17) so this plate of noodles or prawns will set you back a good RM250 (AUD 85). 

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With an individual portion so huge, this made not possible to stuff anything else into the stomach except for a dessert. 

Try the sweet sea coconut with longan drink to round up such a lovely meal. 

While the meal was in no way cheap and actually quite expensive in some ways, it compensates for quality and good food. Throw in good company and you wont blink an eye at the total (which reminds me, I got to thank the bunch for treating me too!). Set aside a budget of RM80-90 if you want to eat the prawn noodles.

Alas, back in Brisbane, this is nothing but a dream as I sip my coffee in the morning.

Address and contact details:

Restaurant Richwell
24G&26G, Jalan 19/3
Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-7955 5855

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. Worth a try if you happen to be in town or even if you are finding a place for a good dinner or for some sang har mee.


Pureglutton said...

Oh yeah, the Sang Har Meen here comes in HUGE portion - really generous! This reminds me - my pics are still in the Archives & need to be blogged soon!

Michelle Chin said...

Authentic sweet and sour pork is not the same as the westernized/bastardized versions, i assure you!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mchin: well naturally i know that too haha i have had my fair share of both!

pureglutton: i know, making my saliva drop while revisiting this page!

minchow said...

I don't care about the faux-Chinese connotations... sweet & sour pork takes me back to better, simpler days!

Baby Sumo said...

Them prawns look HUGE!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babysumo: i know!

minchow: back to the good old simple days of tai chow and when there was no such thing as fine dining a good time.

Bangsar-bAbE said...

The siu nai pak with yam looks delicious. I didn't quite enjoy my sang har noodles at Richwell a few months back. But your noodles this round looks darn good!

kumfye said...

damn's been a long time i didnt had such a nice food for meal... my site^^

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kumfye: haha well what are you waiting for?

bbabe: have they been inconsistent? might explain some empty tables but that nite the noodles were quite spot on.

timing said...

wah, I pass by that road to go SS2 *all* the time but somehow never noticed there's a Richwell Restaurant. One of these days need to detour and go there for makan!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

timing: yeah it is kinda hidden behind the big trees and you really see it after you turn left from the main road.