Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Santai Restaurant and Cafe

Whenever we go to the pet shop to stock up the kitties' essentials, we always pass by this restaurant and wonder if it is good since it always appears packed. So one day, I managed to get Splashie Boy to try the food. Now we know why that place is always full of people, the food here is good and very reasonably priced. We had a meal with dishes (small portion) and white rice and it was about RM20 including drinks. Looks like this will definitely be a place we will come back again and again for the great food and prices.

This place serves some unusual drinks and I tried their Santai Special. The red bits at the bottom are soft jelly bits while the yellow part is Kickapoo, a fizzy drink unique to Malaysia. This is topped by some finely shaved ice. Nice cool drink to tackle the heat.

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This is the Daging Masak Merah dish, I am not sure about the translated name but it is sliced beef fried with onions and chillies with a tomato sauce. It's quite a standard Malay dish and in most places, you can order fried rice with daging masak merah as a one dish meal.

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This is the Thai dish, Kerabu Mangga (Malay for Mango Kerabu). You notice that in most Malay restaurants, there are some Thai influences especially those who come from the northern states that share the border with Thailand. Similarly in the southern Thailand, there are also quite a number of Malay food stalls at the rest areas and the towns. Kerabu is mainly a salad and you can a few varieties like the papaya or even pomelo ones. This version has sliced young mangoes, sliced onions, chopped chillies tossed with a tangy sauce, fried anchovies and peanuts. I liked the dish, it was nice and crunchy and the dressing was not too sour.

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We also ordered the Kai Lan fried with salted fish. The kai lan was crunchy and the saltiness of the fish paired quite well with it.

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This is Telur Bistik which I had blogged about earlier in my eggs-perience entry. It's also another of those Thai influenced dishes that Malaysian hawker have added to their menu. In this restaurant, they do a slightly different version which is less spicy. It's a fried egg topped with minced chicken and a tomato sauce. Very nice and more-ish.

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Santai Restaurant and Cafe
10, Persiaran Zaaba
Taman Tun Dr. Ismail
60000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 7728 8173
(Same row as the Perodua showroom and is behind the KFC)

*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.


Zyana said...

yeah i've been there..
cause i lived at ttdi
last 3 years..yeah i love santai..
its my fav restaurant...

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