Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Eating Out @ Nong & Jimmys, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

Recently I seem to be plagued by computer problems. First, it was no access to Blogger from a computer I use hence I had to stop reading and commenting on blogs for a few weeks. Now, Photobucket seem to throw fits whenever I upload my pictures. Sigh! Really so frustrating especially this morning when I feel like tearing my hair out with how slow things are.

Anyway, since I finally managed to get it to work, I decided to upload it with lots of pictures which I took during a recent visit to Nong & Jimmys. I've heard quite a lot about this place from other blogs and also forums that I was curious to visit it. Battling the traffic jam towards Ampang (all those traffic lights just don't help) and based on vague directions, we finally made it one Saturday night.

After a few wrong turns, we arrived at the place which is just a simple zinc roof structure with it's own open space car park. We were there early as we heard people tell us it gets packed to the brim if you're late. We ordered a plate of small yau char kuai from the stall within the restaurant area. Although not part of the restaurant, everyone orders a plate as an appetizer while waiting for the meal. A small plate of pandan flavoured kaya is also given which is the dip for the fried fritters. We thought the fritters was not bad but definitely could not beat the ones we get at Changkat Bukit Bintang. Maybe we got the cold ones as it was more chewy versus crispy.

Nong & Jimmys specialises in seafood especially grilled ones hence you will spy a row of custom made grills near the kitchen area. They use racks to grill the sotong and the crabs are already pre-grilled and stacked on the side. As and when the orders are placed, the crab is reheated up. They also grill cockles here which looked good but we didn't sample any.

We went for a mix of dishes - the tomyam (RM10) which came in a hot claypot. It's full of prawns and mushrooms but we felt the taste of the tomyam wasn't too fantastic. Although spicy, there was little sweetness to the soup.

Besides the grilled seafood items, you can order cooked dishes. We ordered a steamed talapia fish Thai style (RM21). Even though it was the last dish to arrive, it was by far the most popular dish. Using chopped red chilies and garlic, the fish really absorbed the subtle flavours making the flesh sweet. Definitely a winner and a must order the next time we revisit this place.

The grilled sotong (RM12) was pretty good, not too chewy and excellent with this Thai dip made with crushed peanuts that had the sweet, salty and spicy flavours.

Nong & Jimmy is also famous for their fried rice (RM5 per portion). Fried with fluffy bits of egg and large prawns, the rice was excellent especially with the steamed fish.

We also ordered a portion of barbeque crab (RM24 for one crab) to try. Didn't think much of it as the flesh was quite dry inside. This could be due to overcooking as they pre-cook the crabs and reheat them when the order is placed.

Although there were some hits on the menu like the steamed talapia and fried rice, we felt some of the grilled items like the crabs was dissapointing. The food is priced reasonably but those traffic jams in Ampang could well deter one from making a trip there.

Nong & Jimmys
Lot 27363, Jalan Cahaya 1
Taman Cahaya
Kuala Lumpur

Tel No: 019 – 261 1345/012 – 273 8069

( Pork free. Open from 6.00 pm to 11.00 pm and closed on Mondays. )

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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Babe_KL said...

so far the only dishes we liked here are the grilled cockles, grilled pari, fried rice and steamed fish. my family would come here at least once or twice a month but dat was like more than 8 years ago before they gotten this big. things got commercialised now.

tankiasu said...

Hmm..never even heard of this place before. Might wanna go there on weekends to avoid the crazy jam.

drNO said...

where is this place...hmm...
I just love seafood.
might go there sometimes later..

chenboon said...

I search for putu mayam using Google and that is the reason i am here. ^^

U has a interest n yummy blog. There are many things that I can find out over here.

En, I have been to this store also... Delicious seafood served.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hmmm grilled seafood definitely sounds healthier..but if its overcooked and compromised..then dont want la..yau char kway wif kaya..tat sounds cool but then geli ler..

Tummythoz said...

I don't favour this place. Somehow I find the dishes at best, so-so (average) only. I'm must be one of the odd ones as it's doing brisk business every night it's opened.

Unknown said...

we were just talking about this place yesterday..thought that the trip down there is worth while because the griled crab will be very good..having 2nd thoughts now

wmw said...
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wmw said...

Seriously, the only thing I really like was eating the mini yau char gwai with the pandan kaya...I found the rest of the food there so so. Oh, the chilli sauce is good though :o)

Coketai said...

Since it is so difficult to find the location, anybody out there can help to draw a map so that we don;t get lost in the midst of the horrible Ampang traffic!!!!


sc said...

the last time i went to nong&jimmy's was 5 years ago..most of the food were so so, but i recalled that the grilled prawns were yummy..

boo_licious said...

babe - sounds as though they were good a few years back but not now! Sigh, the problems of commercialising.

tankiasu - weekends also jam! We went on a Sat nite.

drno - it's off the Jalan Ampang, 2nd right turning at traffic light after Ampang Pt. Must past UO Shopping to get here and opposite a row of flats.

chen boon - hope you get some yummy putu mayam.

joe - huh? geli eat kaya with yau char kuai. Nice I guess for those who have sweet tooth.

kampungboycitygal - wow, it's far for both of you. Don't think it's worth the long drive.

wmw - LOL. My friends warned me too before we went. Luckily we liked the steam fish.

coketai - I think KY Speaks has a map drawn already but it's not too clear. Once I get directions, will put it up.

sc - the food was kinda so so but I guess in those days not that many places which serve this type of food.

Precious Pea said...

Interesting! Will sure try one day. I had BBQ Crab at King Crab yesterday, turned out overcooked too :(

boo_licious said...

precious pea - that's sad! they do such yummy bbq crabs there.

*sooyin* said...

whee...i'm going there tomorrow with my parents! must remember to try the thai steamed fish...=) -sooyin-

Justine said...

do they accept credit cards? 'cause I usually don't bring much cash out and I'm actually planning to bring my family and relatives to that place for dinner this weekend =)

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