Friday, December 30, 2011

Good Food in KL: Sari Ratu Nasi Padang

Indonesian food is one of my favorite cuisines and Nasi Padang is something that I can eat everyday without getting sick of it. So far I have only tried Nasi Campur at D'Cengkih Restaurant at Taman Tun (my favorite Nasi Campur restaurant  so far) Sambal Hijau Restaurant at Kg Sg Penchala (average taste and a bit overpriced for the taste in my opinion) and Garuda Nasi Padang Restaurant at Jalan Raja Alang (less expensive than Sari Ratu Nasi Padang Restaurant but food is not served hot and tasted average) so it is with an eager heart that my husband and I decided to try Sari Ratu Restaurant that claims to serve authentic Nasi Padang as we passed by the restaurant at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman; Kuala Lumpur. 

The place looks comfortable enough, spacious, air-conditioned and most importantly clean. Dishes are pre-cooked and displayed at the food display area which is typical in a Nasi Padang restaurant. Variety of dishes looks deliciously inviting and truly we were not disappointed. 

Indonesian Food in KL : Ayam Panggang

First dish is ayam panggang @ RM7.50 delectable Indonesian-style grilled chicken..tender and not too spicy, we like this version better than Garuda Nasi Padang Restaurant's.

Indonesian Food in KL : Beef  Rendang 

Next dish is beef rendang @ RM6.00, juicy beef slices slow-cooked in rich gravy with spices and coconut milk. Heavenly sinful.  

Good Food in KL : Gulai Sotong
Third dish is Gulai Sotong @ RM 9.00, squid cooked in gravy with coconut milk, tumeric and other spices. Tastes mildly hot, gravy is not too thick with a hint of tangy taste. I would have prefer to order the Gulai Ayam instead (Chicken Gravy) but we only asked for the gravy as we have ordered Ayam Panggang. The Gulai Ayam has a more flavorful gravy and slightly spicier.

Good Food in KL : Sup Ekor

Of course, you can't dine in an Indonesian restaurant without ordering Sup Ekor @RM12.00; this is beef soup cooked with tomatoes, potatoes and carrot. Soup tasted pleasantly light though I would prefer the beef to be a bit more tender. 

Sari Ratu Nasi Padang's Omelette

Omelette @ RM4.00 - priciest omelette I've ever eaten I think! But it was fluffly and not oily though a bit salty for my taste.

Indonesian Perkedel

Perkedel (Mashed potato fried with egg) @ RM3.00 per piece is also on the high side but the size of it is huge, I would say that one piece can be shared by two person. The potato is also sweet , very fresh and not oily. Comes plain with no fillings like some places.

Sari Ratu Restaurant's Sayur Lalap
Some fresh salad @RM4.00 as I was not in the mood for gulai singkong or pucuk paku. The accompanying sambal was also finger licking in true Indonesian style. Savory with just a tinge of sweet and not dry. 

Jus Alpukat in KL

And lastly, avocado juice to down it all. A must order for us in every Indonesian Restaurant we dine in. Sari Ratu Nasi Padang Restaurant's Avocado Juice is thick with just the right amount of milk and sugar, though the chocolate syrup is a bit too little for a chocoholic like me and the avocado is a slightly bitter. 

Sari Ratu Restaurant's Mee Goreng

For the kids, we ordered a simple dish of fried noodles not knowing that they used egg noodles but still the dish is nice and my first son loved it. The vegetables in the dish is also very crunchy. Which added a refreshing taste to the otherwise maggie-goreng mamak style dish. 

We came out of Sari Ratu Nasi Padang Restaurant with a full and satisfied tummy. Had it not been for the pricey dishes, we will definitely dine in this place often. Or maybe next time we will be less greedy since this time around we went a bit overboard satisfying our crave for Nasi Padang. 

Sari Ratu Nasi Padang has a few outlets in Kuala Lumpur (as stated in their website) :

1) Desa Pandan 26 7 28G, Jalan 4/76C, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
2) Theme Park Hotel - Genting
3) Ground Floor No 24-2 Bukit Bintang - Jln Tun Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

But the one that we tried was next to Houz Depot at Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman, opposite the MARA building and near SOGO.

For Singaporeans living in KL and craving for their Nasi Padang fix, this is one good Nasi Padang restaurant in KL that you should not miss. For Singaporean tourists in KL, this restaurant serves Nasi Padang of Rumah Minang / Hjh Maimunah / Sabar Menanti standard in Singapore. So, you don't have to go out of your way to check this place out.  For tourists of other nationals eager to try out Nasi Padang, this is one of the best restaurants serving local cuisine that you should try.

Restoran Sari Ratu - side view

Restoran Sari Ratu - Interior

Restoran Sari Ratu - interior