Monday, October 10, 2011

Hot Bangi Char Koay Teow

Where: Seksyen 9, Bandar Baru Bangi (besides Bangi Kopitiam).

What: A simple-looking restaurant which has only two items on the menu - their signature Char Kuey Teow and Nasi Lemak, plus drinks. 

My wife ordered the Char Kuey Teow "Besar" which was just about the right portion.The mid-sized prawns were not so fresh but edible. The Kuey Teow itself was juicy and tasty. You can ask for extra chilli if you prefer it to be hotter. We never tried the "Gred A" variant, which is priced at RM15, but we presume the prawns would be bigger.

We also ordered the Nasi Lemak Ayam, which the sambal was not-too-spicy but compliments the taste of the nasi lemak well. The Ayam Goreng was also tender and tasty. This all-time favourite is suitable for both dinner or supper.

Verdict: A quick and simple eatery which serves two of Malaysia's all-time favourite dishes - hot, tasty and affordable. Highly recommended.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Islamic Trattoria

Where: Wadihana Islamic Trattoria, Jalan Medan Pusat 2D, 3B Curve, Bandar Baru Bangi.

What: An Islamic eatery which serves Italian-styled food and Western menu. This is Wadihana Islamic Kitchen's second restaurant in Bandar Baru Bangi.

Ambience: Brightly lit with minimal decor, but we like the many booths which will be perfect if you come in small or medium-sized group. There is a large clay and brick oven at the entrance of the eatery, which is used to bake their pizzas.

Menu: Basically, Italian-styled food are their signature dishes, so you can expect pizzas, pasta, risotto and panini. Also available are other Western food, such as the steak. It is also very refreshing to observe a mid-end Malay-owned restaurant divides their menu into starters, entrees and desserts. 

First on the table was the Pomodoro spaghetti, which we found a little bit average. The sauce was not generous and for its price, we'd expect a bigger portion too.

We also had the Australian Rib-eye steak, medium well, which comes with melted cheese as a side. The portion was just right. The beef was tender, juicy and cooked to perfection. The taste of the meat melts in the mouth, and it very,very seldom that a restaurant succeeds in getting the beef cooked just about right.

We also ordered the homemade burger, which was served with coleslaw and cheesy fries on the sides. The burger was one of the tallest I've seen, and certainly the best that I've tasted too. The homemade patties was soft and juicy and you'd get two of them in this burger - with a lot of salad, tomatoes and fried egg in between the buns.

Service: As the eatery was quite deserted when we ate there, naturally the staff were friendly and ready to assist you anytime. 

Price: The price would not classify this a low-end, but not so expensive as to warrant it a high-end eatery either. But some dishes, like the steak and burger, were definitely worth their prices for their excellent taste and generous portion.

Verdict: Perhaps next time we should have the pizza and the panini. We would recommed this eatery to anyone looking for a decent place to dine, and if you are looking for the best Western-styled food in Bandar Baru Bangi, this is the best by a mile. We'd give it a score of 9 out of 10.

Reported by : Jamal