Friday, June 15, 2007

Chapati and Roti Canai @ Santa Chapati, Lorong Gombak, Kuala Lumpur




It's Friday so let's all party this weekend. We're due to catch the new movie - Fantastic Four and the Rise of the Silver Surfer so that should be good. Hope I can get tickets for it today or else it will be a super boring weekend.

On to the food which is what all of you tune in for on a daily basis. This time round it's Indian food which is popular among those who work around the Jalan Raja Laut and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman area. This no signboard place is actually called Santa Chapati. Although they have another outlet in Jalan Tun HS Lee, it's this particular one which serves the best food.



In the mornings, it's roti canai (70 sens) which is crispy. I really like the texture of this roti canai as it reminds me of the crispy ones I get at Raju's. Only thing is they pre-cook the roti canais and it's served to you slightly cold.



The star of this place is of course their chapati (RM1) - really fluffy with the slightly crispy tops. There's a man in front of the restaurant making these constantly and you pick one from the basket.



You can eat your chapati with their keema or dhal. Both are equally good but I prefer the keema. If you're vegetarian, you can opt to eat your chapati with bean sprouts and tofu. Their dhal is extra thick here and cooked on a daily basis. It's so popular that they use a gunny sack of lentils every day. During lunch time, their curries with rice is also popular and most people go for their Mutton Masala. The restaurant is quite small so you'll need to share your table with others which gives it a nice communal feeling.



I was also told that this chapati is a favourite of our Prime Minister. Although he doesn't visit this place anymore, he does request for it to be packed back to his residence. I've attached a scanned copy of a cartoon by Reggie Lee depicting him with his newly wedded wife talking about his breakfast choices. Published by the Star yesterday, it's so appropriate to share it with all of you even though it's not nasi lemak.

Santa Chapati
No. 64, Lorong Gombak
Off Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 016 – 312 0670/ 012 205 5037

(Halal. Open from 6.30 am to 5pm for Monday to Friday. They close at 3pm on Saturday and Sunday is a rest day. The restaurant is right next to Nasi Kandar Haji Ibrahmsa. To get here from Jalan Raja Laut, take the first right turn and then the left turn into the lane parralel to Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. You will see the green coloured shop on your right hand side which is directly behind Menara Tun Razak which is also known as Menara Tradewinds. )

*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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29 comments:

~Christine~Leng said...

looked delicious! will definitely give it a try! and btw.. love ur posts! beginner here... learning lots from many incredible blogs and ur site has became one of my review! Loved it! Keep up the good work!

boo_licious said...

hiya christine - thanks for dropping by and you have a great blog too. Now I know abt Langat Hill which looks like a great place to visit this weekend when the skies are clear.

team BSG said...

hahaha since our soft Indiani food lover has now finally got a little bit of Indiani Brand New Darling suppose he will soon begin to miss the Japanese food even more...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

err isnt this supposedly very near to my office?..must explore this place abit more i suppose..

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Oooh what a coincidence. I just had chapatti yesterday...first time in about 4 years! Such nice, simple and healthy food. Dad eats chapatti every night.

izaida said...

alahaiiiiiiiiiiiii...lapar larrrrrrrrr...

*PiNk* said...

hi hi ... i'm so interested in your blog that i always visit to take a peek at your new entries.. love the pictures taken too. Your blog helps to introduce food in KL for me as i just moved to KL from Singapore. Always having trouble where to dine in.

MeiyeN said...

da chapati looks yummy and different from others... too bad that i am not familiar with this place and kinda impossible for me to come all da way here :( oh by da way, me watching F4 tonight too.... which cinema you going to?

sc said...

i'm usually there for lunch (looks like u were there for breakfast?), love their chapati, mutton and this kuih thingy (dipped in tangy cold sauce). really tasty. they serve wicked teh tarik and teh special too. Never knew it's called Santa Chapati though ;)

an9ie said...

Oooh. I love roti canai! It's one of the things I miss from Brunei, and the little Indian restaurant in the middle of Seria town. 50 cents for plain roti canai, 70 cents with egg, served to you with a small bowl of curry ...

Pity you get it cold, but you could always get takeaway and crisp it up under the grill again, no?

Thanks for this post, boo, I love it when I see things that remind me of my childhood :)

tankiasu said...

What a cool name, Santa Chapati. :)

babe_kl said...

hmmm one of my fave chapati and kheema place. i usually frequent tun hs lee branch cos its easier to get there for me. sometimes my coliks and i will take a bus just for this hahaha...

their teh susu lembu is a fab too!

pablopabla said...

Wah! You went to Santa's without inviting me! My office a few doors away only lah and I am there for breakfast at least once a week. You should mention their teh tarik as well. Absolutely shiokalingam! LOL!

Xiu Long Bao said...

funny cartoon. Is jeanne french?

Wicked Witch said...

I like capati with curry mungbean curry. Sedap.

wushu_kid said...

I am always confused with the roti chapati , cenai and naan. Now I have the pictures I will try to remember them.
Amusing cartoon. Missed LAT's!!!

Tummythoz said...

Hey hey hey, I know this place. Also one of my officemates' lunch haunts. Sadly, I will only follow if I'm 'suitably attired'. Crave for it's teh tarik but sometinmes just can't stand d heat.

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Jackson said...

that kind of small lorong also able to ecplore by you... u really the queen of food blogger la!

wmw said...

Oh, the keema looks goooooodddd!

boo_licious said...

team bsg - LOL. Think he prefers local food.

joe - guess u better explore before you shift to another area.

lemongrass - I love chapati, makes a change from roti canai and good keema makes it all worth it too.

izaida - hope you will try it.

pink - welcome to KL. Hope you will enjoy yrself. Lots of good food around.

meiyen - we're watching on Sunday but so sad, heard critics don't like it.

sc - I did drink the teh tarik and thought it was nice but didn't snap a pix.

an9ie - always good to remember childhood food as it holds so much memories for us.

tankiasu - yup but no clauses around?

babe kl - was told the Jalan Tun Hs Lee is run by the owner's relatives and not so nice compared to this one.

pablopabla - sorry, I don't have yr no so kinda hard to contact you.

xiu long bao - jeanne is mixed but the name is french for jean.

wicked witch - don't think I have eaten it with mungbean curry before but sounds interesting.

wushu_kid - Lat is still doing cartoons for NST. Pretty good stuff still but not as iconic as the first ones.

tummythoz - guess only solution is to wear 2 layers or else difficult to try these places for lunch.

choonhong - thanks, will check it out.

jackson - not small lorong as this one in between two big and famous roads.

wmw - keema was very good. One of the best around.

Keropok Man said...

aiyo,

they already started to tease Jeanne Abdullah.

wonder what PM eats for breakfast? hmmmm

boo_licious said...

keropok man - it's quite mild I thought. I also wonder what he eats for brekkie? Nasi Lemak or french croissants everyday?

IronEaters said...

the roti canai looks so yummy and the chapati too. Malaysia is just a food heaven =D

like your blog with all the good pics!

teckiee said...

Aie.. i dont like pre prepared roti's . Cold is one thing... most of the time it doesnt taste the same =(

Fulltime Mom said...

Tried Ayam Penyet. The sambal was wicked, but we much preferred the beef and fish. The chicken had like plain water taste. Will definitely go back. Pink Princess loved the bakso kuah. Also, fyi, the close alternate mondays (this coming monday is the day off) and I think the only open 11 onwards.

boo_licious said...

ironeaters - thanks

teckiee - strangely enough, it was cold but still good.

fulltime mom - thanks for the tip. I have been meaning to go back to eat more items. Been so busy but hopefully I have more time now.

Yeow Aik said...

to the blog owner, thank you very much.

Santa move to a new location after a fire destroy the building. Don't know when was this as I was away from KL for a year.

thanks to the number you post, i manage to get in touch with them and found the new location. The have move further down the road (toward Sogo) behind the CIMB building.

Again, thank you very much.

..... said...

is this a Halal restaurant??...any halal cert from Jakim or other Malaysia islamic agencies??....

but i believe it is a Halal restaurant as i can see Muslim customers eat there....but my friend told me that there is no halal cert displayed in this restaurant...

hopefully the management santa restaurant can display the halal cert so that there is no sense of doubt to the Muslim customers

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