Natrabu, the famous Nasi Padang place from Indonesia has recently re-opened for business in Kampung Baru. Previously located around Sentral in Brickfields, the restaurant is now housed in a bungalow just behind the Petronas station, off Jalan Raja Muda Musa. I've not been to the first outlet but we were blown away by this place especially the food. In fact, out of all the Nasi Padang places I have eaten till to date, this is still the best and the priciest. The wait staff are decked in traditional Minang costumes and if you wish to plan a wedding, there's even a dais all ready for the important pelamin ceremony.
I love the juices at this place - totally pure and so thick. We had the Alpokat with chocolate sauce and their cucumber juice. It may too early to mention desserts at this point but they do a pretty mean Es Teller here. I like the colours of the dessert - large sago pearls, slices of avocado, young coconut slices, grass jelly cubes and jackfruit pieces.
At Natrabu, you can opt for two ways to be served; a selection of each of their special dishes to be placed on your table by them or just pick and choose what you want from the counter directly. I can't remember how many dishes they laid out for us but I know it covered almost the whole table. Although everything was very tempting, we had to resist and only take a few dishes. Even though we tried to limit our choices, we still ended up rolling down to our car with satisfied tummies.
I love their Rendang Minang - very rich and the beef that came with it was so tender. You need lots of rice to eat this.
My absolute favourite and something I can't seem to find in any other Nasi Padang place - the Ikan Teri Goreng. This picture does not justice as the curry leaf is blocking it but it's essentially small fishes which have been cut into half in the middle, deep fried and tossed in a dry sambal sauce. So addictive as it's so crunchy with just the hint of chilli.
Splashie Boy's favourite - the Perkedel which is made from mashed potato and beef and pan fried. I thought this was nothing exceptional and could be replicated in almost any Nasi Campur place in town.
Ayam Pop is a must have in a Nasi Padang place. Natrabu's version comes with a chilli sauce dip and the ubi kayu (sweet potato) leaves on the side. The chicken is juicy and fried every time you order it.
I love the Dendeng here - razor thin and crispy. The best I have tasted so far as it's not tough like the other places. Eat it with the sambal for a nice kick to the dish.
This was a yummy sambal which I ate alone as Splashie Boy preferred his crunchy long beans. I can't really remember what was inside it but it must be something he does not eat as he avoided this dish completely.
For vegetables, it was sweet potato leaves cooked in coconut milk. Nothing special about this dish and also found in most Nasi Padang places. I'm not showing the long beans dish as I felt it was ordinary as the one in Sari Ratu was nicer. Besides these dishes, they also serve deep fried chicken, prawns with petai (stinky bean), fish curry, grilled chicken, baby eels, brinjal with sambal and etc.
Although prices here are more expensive than the other Nasi Padang places in town, the food is yummy. It's also the only place I know so far which serves the yummy Ikan Teri so it's on my list of places to be revisited again and again.
No. 3, Lorong Raja Uda 1
Off Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz
Tel No: 03 - 2691 2701
(Open from 11.00 am to 11.30 pm daily)
*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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