Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Acha Curry House @ Petaling Jaya

During the lazy weekends, we often opt for Banana Leaf rice as one can take your time eating it unlike during the weekdays. One of my all time favourite places is at Acha Curry House in Section 5, Petaling Jaya which always hits the right spot with my tummy for their delicious food.

Assorted vegetables and fried anchovies (ikan bilis) for your rice

Unlike the other Indian restaurants, Acha allows you to help yourself with their vegetables. A tray with all the assorted vegetables are placed next to you and you choose between sambal ikan bilis (anchovies), spinach, cucumbers and cabbage. You are charged according to how many types of vegetables you take.

My all time favourite is their deep fried bittergourd. It's getting rarer and rarer nowadays to get this at Indian restaurants. This version is softer and freshly made unlike some other shops that fry it ahead and keep it in air tight tins.

You can choose from a variety of curries to flavour your rice that includes crab curry, salted fish curry and my all time favourite, mother-in-law curry which is onion curry. This is also one of the few Indian restaurants that do this vegetarian curry which comes with lots and lots of tiny onions. There is also a father-in-law curry which is yellow dhal curry.

We tried this deep fried fish cutlet which has a new marinade. The owner tells us that it's a new way of marinating his fish which has gotten rave reviews. The fish is lovely - fresh and spicy with all the black pepper in it.

They make really nice chicken curry here - this is known as no. 46 as the owner invented this dish when he was 46 years old. You can also get crab curry if you are feeling a bit indulgent.

Another favourite of mine - the dry chicken curry which is also known as no. 36 as it was made when the owner was 36 years old. Even the fried chicken is nice and chopped up in smaller pieces which makes it so much easier to eat. Most importantly when you chop the chicken in smaller parts, it always taste nicer as it absorbs more marinade or curry.

Food in Achas is always great whenever you go there but be warned as it's not cheap compared to the other banana leaf rice outlets. I don't mind paying that extra premium as the food is different from the rest of the Indian places (I had actually had banana leaf rice in another Indian place the day before which was horrible!). Hope you will enjoy it and who knows maybe you may strike lottery with Acha's predicted lucky number.

Acha Curry House
271, Jalan 5/51
Petaling Garden
Petaling Jaya

Opening Hours: 12.00 pm to 3 pm
(At the end of Jalan Gasing, turn left upwards to go to Petaling Garden. At the junction take a right and then the first right, you will see a row of shophouses facing a big open area. Achas is located at the side of the corner shophouse under metal awnings)

*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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ShaolinTiger said...

Been there quite a few times, I love the onion curry but that's about it, still have to say Kanna is much better.

Especially the fried stuff.

boo_licious said...

Shaolin Tiger - too bad we can't have onion curry from achas and the deep fried sotong from Kannas! That will be the ultimate banana leaf rice for me.

SkyJuice said...

The dishes look good, yum yum!

elb said...

Yum, I love their bittergourd too! I could eat tons of that stuff!

Flower said...

Please dont talked about Acha Curryhouse. I missed it so much. I'm in Perth now for indefinate period. I used to eat there also every week when I was pregnant with my first child and it is just the opposite of my ex office. Yummy....

Unknown said...

The deep fried fish cutlet looks soooooo good..Must go n try after exam..:D

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Mmmh, I love curry!...

may said...

shaolintiger & boo, I so agree with you two! Kanna's definitely has the best deep fried sotong, and it's my no. 1 place to have banana leaf rice.

ahh... Acha now sounds interesting, will check it out. But opening hours from 12pm - 3pm is a little short, no? Don't they open for dinner patrons?

elb said...

may: Lack of manpower...

boo_licious said...

skyjuice - it is yummy! slurp!

elb - I'm also a huge fan of bittergourd.

flower - wow! sounds like you are a regular of achas like some friends of mine.

kampungboycitygal - good luck with the exams.

rosa - yippee for curry!

may - I think elb is right. no manpower hence they don't open at night. Unlike kannas, it ain't a big operation.

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