Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Santai Kitchen @ Tesco Mutiara Damansara

Recently Tesco Mutiara Damansara has gone to a facelift with new restaurants opening there such as King Pie (the South African franchise pie makers), Old Town Kopitiam and a bigger Santai Kitchen which originally started out as a stall within the food court. It's a branch of the Santai in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail which I had blogged about last year. The last time we ate at Santai, we ordered dishes but in this particular outlet, one dish meals are extremely popular as they're simple and fast.

So far, we have had two meals there as we usually grab a quick meal before we do our grocery shopping at Tescos. There are many varieties of fried rice here but I tried something I have not had before called Nasi Goreng Kerabu(RM5.00). This version is spicy with bean sprouts, chopped long beans, diced cucumber, chicken cubes and thai chilli sauce. Very nice fried rice and I enjoyed the spicy notes in it.

Splashie Boy had the Nasi Daging Masak Merah(RM6.00) which is just plain rice served with a fried beef dish in tomato sauce. It's one of his favourites as we ordered this before in the main Santai restaurant too as they do it really well here.

On our first visit there, I had Mee Bandung(RM5.00) which is yellow mee served in a spicy chilli prawn based soup. The soup is made from a chilli paste of grinded dried prawns, chillies, garlic and shallots. It's then fried in oil until it's fragrant then coconut milk is added into it. Then it's up to you what you wish to add into your Mee Bandung but usually it has a fried egg topping it with spinach in the soup.

Splashie Boy had the Cantonese Fried Kuay Teow(RM5.00) which is rice noodles fried that comes with a thickened stock base. It has pieces of chicken, kailan and an egg to thicken the soup base. Although it's a bit pale looking (the Chinese usually add soya sauce to the fried noodles to make it browner), it tasted great.

They also serve a pretty decent Ice Kacang(RM3.50) here with rose syrup and lots of ingredients like red bean paste, glass jelly cubes, cendol bits, palm seeds and peanuts. Sorry there's no picture of it as it came out a bit blurry. During peak times, this place is always packed with people but they serve the food really fast so you don't really need to wait too long. If you want the same dishes but a nicer environment, try their outlet in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. They also sell cakes like tiny cream puffs, chocolate cakes, brownies at the outlet which you can order.

Santai Kitchen
Lot 210, Ground Floor
Tesco Mutiara Damansara

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.

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skyjuice7 said...

Thanks for the review, Boo. Will give Santai Kitchen a try some day.

flower said...

When I was working, one of my favourite lunch is Cantonese Fried Kuay Teow. But since moving to Perth and being muslim, I missed eating it. Do you have recipe how to make it. I can get kuay teow here from the neighbouring Oriental shop. The owner from Penang.

boo_licious said...

skyjuice - hope u enjoy it.

flower - sorry, no cantonese fried kuay teow recipe. Try Food crazee as he always has fantastic recipes from his chefs.

q said...

i rarely go to tesco, but perhaps i could go if i wish for some santai food (a bit nearer to me also).

have you been to the indian restaurant 'namaste' in taman tun? i love their food - and price! and they could use some plugs, hehe.

Julian Si said...

You know how much I adore ... SANTAI :-) SLURP!

Found another place with good briyani ...


Yes, the 'elusive' (Not many people seem to go!) Namaste in TTDI ... pretty darn good curries etc.


Croesus said...

Hi Boo_licious,

Love ur blog.

Few new places for u to try (just in case u've not been there b4:

Loong time ago my bf n I used to visit Anuar Tomyam in Kg Bharu often, but not any more, too far. Couldn’t find any write up on Anuar Tomyam maybe u could visit n let us know how is the food now. Sorry couldn't recall how to get there but I remember we've to drive pass a stadium; from what I can see in your previous write up n ur new discovery I think u'll find the place some how.

My sis n family love Kak Chah Tom Yam in Ampang. Couldn’t get any write up on them but few forums praise food serves there. And someone posted its location – here http://wikimapia.org/6511640/Kak-Chah-Tom-Yam

I'm quite new at this, at the moment I'm just compiling on eateries to visit.


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