Thursday, December 24, 2009

Nong & Jimmy Thai BBQ @ Ampang, KL

Moving a little further out from my comfort zone to check out some Thai BBQ seafood in Ampang...

Nobody should ask me for directions because I have no idea how to get to this fairly established (10 years and still going strong) eatery in the Ampang area.... I know it's terrible but I'm horrible at driving out/ directions to unfamiliar places such as this.
(I'm such a girl sometimes *guilty grin*)
(Better luck if you check out with Google Maps or your GPS, the full address is listed at the end of the post):
Outside Nong & Jimmy.....

Anyway, it's very simple inside the restaurant, rustic and simple - basically, like a gigantic metal shed with plastic tables and chairs (and equally rustic service - *lol*):
Not fine dining but fairly comfy on a cool night....

As it was a rainy day, we started off with the Tom Yam Seafood Soup (around RM12?):
The steaming claypot of tom yam soup....

Here's a closer look at my bowl of tom yam:
Tom yum.....

Overall, it was ok I guess - simple, kinda spicy and quite salty and sour, with a fair amount of seafood inside. Hmmm... it's just that it tasted a too little "instant" - very much like the shortcut tom yam paste out of a bottle that I use at home....
(Haha... Aiyah, it's not fine dining anyway, right? So can't really complain....)

Of course, since N&J specialises in Barbeque, we tried the BBQ Squid (around RM10?):
BBQ Squid - yummy!...

I actually quite liked this - the squid was fairly fresh, had a supple texture, with a nice charred/BBQ taste to it... and it went well with the accompanying sauces (one sweet, the other sour, but both pretty spicy).

Also, we tried the BBQ Crab (around RM 15?).....:
Also, a BBQ crab.....

... and BBQ Prawns (around RM 15?):
And some BBQ prawns....

I still preferred the squid, but the crabs and prawns were both pretty good too.

We also tried another speciality there, the Thai Style Stingray (around RM 15?):
The Stingray, wrapped in foil....

Not bad - the texture of the stingray was a bit too soft (overcooked maybe?) but the sauce was spicy and tasty (albeit a wee bit salty - although to be fair, I'm sure it would taste just fine with rice and I didn't have any that night)....

Lastly, the Kangkong Belacan (around RM 6?):
The salty kangkong belacan....

This was the only outright disappointment that night - the kangkong was limp, overcooked and completely drenched in a salty black coloured sauce.
(Which made it taste, and look, quite unappetising)

GOMENASAI! I don't have the receipt (again....).
Anyway, I guess I wouldn't mind returning to Nong & Jimmy one day if someone could help drive me there (*grin*) but otherwise, I think this was a once in a lifetime trip....

Don't get me wrong though - I think it's definitely worth a try considering the reasonable pricing... I'm just afraid to get completely lost on the way! *blush*

So it's: Rustic, simple ambience, fairly fresh seafood, decent prices BUT nothing much bad to say - just don't expect it to be a fine dining experience and you'll be fine.... :)

PS/ I suddenly remembered the restaurant lady's shocked face when we ordered all that for just 2 people and actually managed to finish it all off (except the kangkong)! - *LOL* I guess she must have thought "Poor things - they haven't eaten for 3 days ah??"

Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

Nong & Jimmy Thai BBQ @ Ampang, KL
(Lot 27363, Jalan Cahaya 1, Taman Cahaya, Ampang, Selangor)

Taste: 6
Ambience : 4
Service : 4
Price** : RM 30 per person
Parking: OK

** Approximation, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-4251 1807
Opening Hours: 6pm - 11pm (closed on Mondays)


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  1. You didn't try their "yu tiao" ar? Served with Pandan Kaya if I remember correctly ;)

  2. yarmie!!

    Merry Christmas and happy new year babes..see you in 2010!! muaks!

  3. This kind of cowboy saloon type of casual eating is our tour de eat !
    Badder with the golden green solution ...
    Merry Xmas & 2010 we shall strike deeper!

  4. to Unkaleong:
    No lah. Wanted to but couldn't put any more food into my tummy!
    (Next time will try to go there with more ppl so that can try more things - ooooh, do you & TNG wanna go check it out one day?)

    to Cumi & Ciki:
    *hugsssssss* You too, hot stuff! :) :)

    to backStreetGluttons:
    Take me with you......!! :) :)

  5. Merry Christmas :) Ho ho ho!!!
    This place is very famous for the grilled (or BBQ as u call it) stuff.. especially the crabbie. Did they give you the special sauce to dip those meat?? It was simply heavenly!

  6. ya know, i remember the yau char kway more than the seafood here...hehehehe...have a great, chocolate-y holiday, J!

  7. U didn't try the Yutiao with Radioactive-Green Kaya and their famous G.I fried rice? OMG, u must drive back there now and try em (provided if u know how to get there lah)

  8. Ampang? That's near where I stay (for now). Jom pegi makan sama-sama... esp. if they got you tiao with Kaya Pandan some more... :D

  9. Hmmm no air con !!! I thoz you will melt. Hehe

  10. to thule a.k.a leo:
    Mmmmm. Yes! - it was very yummy indeed! :)

    to Nic (KHKL):
    Well, I guess the yu tiao is more special.
    (Or you have a very bad memory... haha...)

    Hope you have a great Xmas and new year too. :)

    to qwazymonkey:
    Haha.. I wish I could!
    But I know my limitations. Could end up in Seremban accidentally. Haha...
    (Wanna risk a trip together though? Having company when lost is SO much better)

    to Life for Beginners:
    But... how do I get to that part of Ampang? *lost*

    to NyonyaChef:
    Meanie - so judgemental. :P :P
    (Hey, I can stand heat, ok? :P I just prefer to not be sweaty lah... haha)

  11. Im hungry already :)now if only i know how to drive to ampang. hehe

  12. to AugustDiners:
    I know how u feel! :)

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  14. hahaha this is just walking distance from my house! :D

  15. to Crystal Hew:
    Wah. Good lah liddat!

    I wish it is nearer to my house but I stay in PJ.... :(


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