Monday, August 10, 2009

Noodles @ Grandmama's, Pavilion KL, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur


rich artery clogging sang har hor fun (RM19)


Searching for food around Pavilion tends to be a little boring especially when you're a food blogger looking for a new place to feature. Hence, when Splashie Boy said we had to do Pavilion this week, I immediately thought of trying out the newest place in the mall aka Grandmama's that took over the space, which used to be O Cha Cha (so sad that matcha place died) and Zen by Secret Recipe.


1. the retro chairs reproduced, 2. glass detail around, 3. cooling umbra juice with sour plum 4. the floor tiles I love a lot


The restaurant is huge. They occupy the space next to Starbucks and they also have an open air space in front of Celcom and TGIF's. We decided to sit at the open air space that was decked out in retro looking chairs and long benches. I absolutely love the furniture here (fits my retro look at home) as they took the 1960s elements and reproduced it in new stuff with a little modern look. For instance the bench we sat on, was thoughtfully reproduced where one side didn't have a hand rest to allow you to easily slide in.


eggy beef kuey teow (RM14.90)


One look at the menu and you'll spot nasi bojari, the infamous dish made popular by Madam Kwan's. A quick chat with the waiter revealed that this is indeed related to illustrious family (the daughter owns this place) behind the crowd favourite. Hence you find familiar dishes like nasi lemak, assam prawns, nasi bojari here. Aside from Asian dishes, they also do a Western selection also (including escargots!).

The waiter recommended us the sang har hor fun and an eggy beef kuey teow, that sounded good. Both arrived very quickly, which we dug in since we were pretty famished. The prawny noodles were heavenly - rich with prawn roe and prawn oil, even though the broth is thin. They cut the thick rice noodles, making it easier to slurp down. The noodles was an exact replica of the luxe hor fun soup from Oriental Pavilion except the used thicker noodles here. Nevertheless it tasted very good and incredibly cholestrol laden with the rich prawn roe. For those who prefer the usual type, they also serve sang har meen (RM29) with the crispy noodles just like Soo Kee's. Splashie Boy's eggy beef noodles (RM14.90) were also pretty good - right amount of creaminess but lacking a little wok hei. Washed down with some cooling umbra juice, we were pretty happy with the food here and unlike Madam Kwan's, one didn't need to fight with the world for a table here.

Grandmama's
Lot 6.01.01, 6.01.02
Level 6
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-2143 9333

(Halal. Place is opposite Starbucks and taken over the old O Cha Cha and Zen place. For larger pictures, see
the Flickr set.)

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.

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Other reviews:
  • Jean, who ate here twice already
  • Eat Drink KL who likes the sang har meen
  • Klue who tells us about the link of Grandmama's with DJ Blink

21 comments:

thule a.k.a leo said...

oh yeah!! read this from sean's blog not long ago but have to put my plan on hold, as the flu outbreak is getting serious (can't risk my daughter's health) and the fact that Pavilion is downtown...

qwazymonkey said...

Ok I dunno if this is gonna sound weird, but I was just doing up a comic on this place and it has the same exact conversation with probably the same waiter! And it's almost uncanny what McCutie and I ordered compared to yours. Only diff was Splashie Boy's had beef while McCutie's had chicken.

So many coincidences with you this week. But what to do? great minds think alike. LOL.

Will link to yours when mine's up

Julian Si said...

WOW! another new fine , well done ... SLURRRRP. I wanted to lick that hor fun all the way from here in Abu Dhabi!

ai wei said...

so, this is the place replacing the OChaCha. sad... both the OChaCha in pavilion and gardens closed down. no more real matcha place in KL :(

thenomadGourmand said...

Ah..if it does follow the steps of Mdm Kwan then i'm guessing this plc is worth trying out. Will prob go for the lai fun..

Daniela said...

Davvero deliziosa questa ricetta, la voglio provare quanto prima.
Ciao Daniela.

babe_kl said...

saw this place last week and i thot why the place is so empty but in actual fact everyone is sitting at the openair section haha, now i can try this place safely :D thanks

Kwong said...

When did this place open? I wonder if there O Cha Cha chain is still around.

The eggy beef kuey teow looks really good! Will try it when I come back in a couple of weeks

sc said...

the sang har hor fun looks real orangey red! as nice as pan heong's?

J said...

That's an interesting combination - beef kuey teow and escargot. :)

Hazza said...

looked gorgeous but wonder where all the red in the gravy came from.

Jean said...

I was around there on the opening day but did not went in to try the food because I was alone..
Definitely will give a try there on my next visit to Pavilion.
The Beef hor fun looks good~

550ml jar of faith said...

Tell me they do the kuey teow with pork or seafood please please please! I don't do beef, but I simply MUST have it!

foodbin said...

sure looks sinful alright!

Angie Tan said...

Oooo.. Finally a review about this place!

Was curious about it when I passed by Pavillion last week...

Looks delicious. Did you say escargot??!! Yum!

UnkaLeong said...

Just dig dem chairs man...Will visit soon with Becks soon.

Paprika said...

Mmmmm food looks lovely and comforting, befitting of its name. Yay! New place to eat at Pav!

boo_licious said...

thule - yeah, babies better not go out since they're quite vulnerable to the flu bug.

qwazymonkey - LOL, definitely a case of meeting the same waiter and yes, great minds think alike. I think that is the same fella who used to serve at the Bsar Mdm Kwan's outlet, looked familiar.

Julian - so sad we don't have smell-vision then you can smell how good it was!

ai wei - yeah, all the O Cha Cha places seem to have packed and called it a day. Guess no takers for their matcha lattes.

nomadgourmand - yeah, the stds shld be the same (and so are the prices!).

Daniela - it is indeed delicious. Do make a trip to KL and give it a try.

babe_kl - too big a space that is why.

Kwong - it opened a few weeks back I think? No more O cha cha, died a natural death.

sc - different version. This is not the eggy thick type, more like sar hor fun with rich prawn roe.

J - yes, weirdest combo I thot.

Hazza - probably from the prawn roe and oil.

Jean - ah, yeah not a good idea to eat on their opening day.

550ml - halal place though so it has to be prawns or seafood I guess for u?

foodbin - cholestrol laden.

Angie - yeah, new place so must try when u get the chance.

Unkaleong - yeah, I love those chairs too.

Paps - yeah, somewhere new is always good.

journey said...

last week i n my kelik go to grandmama's there they order the eggy beef kuey teow n char kuey teow...gosh,nothing delicious is tis dish, the beef like chewing bubble gum,the taste not good.. n the char kuey teow my kelik jus wan d kuey teow spicy a bit, but when they serve the dish v mention tat plate of char kuey teow lot of chilli padi.oh my god how to eat it?...tis price tis standtard i prefer use tis dish at roadside chinese stall...n i oder the assam laksa,haiz...the taste too sour n d hor fun to less...haiz..very disappointed vif the meal although their enviroment is good...but i think i should not go there 4 second time hving d pricey food but low standard food...

Luxury Traveler said...

That's yummy... There are also such umm dishes in fairmont royal pavilion hotel. You'll be served with those yummy dishes as you stay there.

ryz raven said...

Their fish head noodle is awesome....a must try!...

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