Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Penang Village @ Hartamas Shopping Centre, KL

Recently we were looking for food and decided to swing by Hartamas Shopping Centre. Lots of changes there especially the ground floor - Kenny Rogers Roasters has an outlet right next to the supermarket, more small stalls along the middle part before the supermarket which includes Famous Amos Cookies, 1901 Hotdogs outlet, Penang Village shifted from Desa Sri Hartamas to the mall and Eric's Deli has gone from pork free to pork feast.

Penang Village was packed and really nicely decorated hence we decided to give it a try. It's been ages since I ate at their outlets which they have been slowly expanding. Looks like it was a great idea for them to shift to the mall as business is definitely better. We totally love their decor - red walls, chinese red and black baskets hanging from the ceilings which they converted into lights and nice cushy leather chairs to sit on. I always hated their previous chairs from the Desa Sri Hartamas outlet as they were so uncomfortable.

The menu has lots of new items and came with lots of pictures. Old favourites like their Heh Bee Soft Shell Crabs are still around. This place is not cheap though - equivalent of Madam Kwan's but with a different variety. Since it was a quick dinner, it was one dish meals that night - Nasi Tomato with Lamb Korma for Splashie Boy and Assam Laksa for moi.

Their Nasi Tomato (RM12.90+) is nicely presented in a long platter as seen in the top picture and is served with a choice between Curry Chicken or Lamb Korma. This particular order is with Lamb Korma. Here's a close up of their rice which they shaped in a cone that reminds me of how they present it in Hot Mama's and Rahsia Bistro. A small shot glass contains the pickles and lots of pappadams to whet your appetite is served. I didn't manage to taste the food as I was busy with a phone call but Splashie Boy said the food was pretty good.

Usually whenever I eat at Penang Village, I would order their Char Kuey Teow but that night, I wanted something soupy and spicy hence I ordered their Assam Laksa (RM8.90+). Pretty good I thought and served in an unusual boat shape bowl. There were lots of fish and the soup was nice and tangy. Sadly we didn't have any desserts even though I tried to persuade someone to have their yummy Cendol. These are one of the few places in town that serves Durian Cendol so if you wish for a fix besides driving down to Melaka, give it a try.

Penang Village
Lot G8B & 9, Ground Floor
Hartamas Shopping Centre
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 03 - 6201 9816

*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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What A Lulu said...

boo, don't you ever sleep? today's posting was at 4:05am!!!
having said that, it's so nice to have these postings ready for my drooling pleasure in the morning.

backStreetGluttons said...

u r pure passion, keep going boo !

MeiyeN said...

wahhhhhhhh.....da nasi tomato looks lovely *saliva dripping* and looks like da assam laksa at penang village is cheaper than da one at madam kwan's? i've not been to hartamas mall before and i think i shall drop by one fine day to check out this place..

an9ie said...

Hehe - the way they just tossed that onion ring over the cone of nasi made me giggle - such flair!

Flower said...

Asam Laksa the ultimate food for me. Really gila for it.... Yummy.

SekSun said...

Their Hee Bee Prawns is quite nice as well. I just visited the TTDI branch last week. The waiters are rediculously slow and unresponsive.

tihtahpah said...

boolicious, my fren saw on one of your old postings on the full moon u know where to get it?

Tummythoz said...

There's no Durian Chendol in Penang, rite?

冰冰-ping said...

yo..the nasi tomato..looks special~

boo_licious said...

what a lulu - must post early or else I don't have time during the daytime.

tonixe - thxs!

meiyen - Hartamas Shopping Centre has Rakuzen so you can try having a feast there again.

an9ie - reminds me of how they serve in a hotel.

flower - I like assam laksa too as it's nice and tangy to the tastebuds.

seksun - service here is great though. Very efficient and the place was quite packed too.

tihtahpah - the full moon stuff i.e. nasi kunyit and curry chicken? You can get it from H&H in Taman Megah - the first row of shophouses which faces the LDP.

tummythoz - I think Durian Cendol is more of a Melaka thing as it's served in Tan Hock Seng.

thick frame glasses ping - yeah, smart of them to jazz it up. Their nasi lemak comes in a square shape and looks interesting too.

Jackson said...

OMG!!!! Once again.....u make me hungry

Collecting Moments said...

Cute cute cute food presentation. Eeee...not a fan of durian, but a huge fan of plain cendol! :D

MeiyeN said...

boo, oh really? u tried before? same quality as da one at sj?

donch-know-lah said...

boo, as usual, great pix. like i said b4, your blog is the best of them all. your pix make my sad days sail faster. how abt some char koay teow and popiah the next time around? and i admire the way you reply to every single post.
keep up the good work, boo!!

boo_licious said...

jackson - quick, fill up the tummy or else it will make lots of noise.

honeystar - which variety of cendol? I like the Nyonya version esp in Melaka.

meiyen - we usually go to the Hartamas one. decor is very nice and food quality is much better than the Subang Jaya one. There's a new Japanese grocery stall opened next to it also - lots of Japanese sweets, food items and ice creams.

donch know lah - must give variety for people. I actually have a CKT shot but somehow does not look pretty even though it was yummy. May post it next week.

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