Saturday, June 13, 2009
New Restaurant Ipoh Chicken Rice @ Jalan Gasing, PJ
It was Jenn who first brought me here to taste this delectable chicken rice dish. Her office was nearby and so when I asked her out for lunch, she quickly suggested this place... stating that the chicken rice was good; the chicken meat was succulent and the taugeh was plump, juicy and less root (disclaimer: I don't take taugeh, only my wife); the place was less stuffy and service was definitely fast. This restaurant should not be too difficult to find, as it's located the usual busy Jalan Gasing. Coming from KL, take the Jalan University junction and turn left at the traffic light. You should be able to notice this 3 shoplot-in-1 on your right hand side.
They adopted semi-opened kitchen concept to let the customers see how they prepare orders.. most workers are foreigners but well-trained enough to be agile and fast.
Depending on the time, it can be quite hard to find a table but it shouldn't be too long before one is available, as most people seemed to be in a rush... sit down, place order, eat, pay and go!!! Probably it's the pace of life among KL-ites. Time is gold!
Most of the times, there are 2 dishes that we ordered -
1) Lala - this is one of the must-order dish, as it was fresh and the gravy was superb
2) Chicken - You can opt for roasted or steamed chicken.
Soup is complimentary but try not to drink too much... slightly high amount of MSG is detected!
Leo's verdict - like Joe (lots of cravings fame) said, comfort food for the simple soul... but parking can be a headache during lunch time, I think it's easier to find one during weekends. Service is quite fast as your orders are taken using PDAs directly to the kitchen.