Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Rice Cafe @ Lorong Maarof, Bangsar KL

Interesting restaurant specialising in Nasi Lemak and Assam Laksa just off Jalan Maarof.... :)

Before I read about Rice Cafe on AWOL's blog, I never knew this row of shops just off Jalan Maarof even existed! :)
(It's on Lorong Maarof - the road parallel to Jalan Maarof, opposite the Telawi area - just turn in at the traffic lights near the McDonald):
Outside Rice Cafe....

It was nice inside - clean, simple and modern. Thankfully the comfortable environment does not necessarily translate into exorbitant prices, as the range of local and Chinese dishes seemed quite decently priced, for the Bangsar area:
Inside Rice Cafe....

I am a sucker for sour and/ or spicy food, so it was only a matter of time that the news of a good Assam Laksa (RM 10.80) tempted me to venture here:
Assam laksa....

Mmmmm.... I guess it was good comfort food but overall, the assam laksa didn't exactly rock my boat because it was more skewed to sweet+sour rather than savoury+sour. Otherwise, if you prefer the sweeter, thick broth type of assam laksa - you'll love this.

OOh, the Salted Egg Chicken (RM 16.00) was really nice though:
The Salted Egg Chicken....

Albeit being a eencey weencey bit too oily, the crispy yet tender chicken pieces were coated with just enough salted egg and fragrant curry leaves to make this a really tasty dish. :) :)

Other than that, the drinks - Barley Lime (RM 3.50), Honey Lemon (RM 4.50) were also quite nice - not too sweet and tasted freshly made:
Cool drinks....

All in all, it was a pretty good meal - the chicken has gotten me curious enough to want to venture back soon to try out some of the other dishes there.
(Apparently the Nasi Lemak is good there!)

Overall: Low key restaurant, decent pricing, located in some shophouses just off the main Telawi area, friendly service BUT nothing much bad to say except that it can be a bit tough to find parking in the area during peak hours.

Summary Sheet:

Rice Cafe @ 98 Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, KL

Taste: 6
Ambience : 6
Service : 6
Price** : RM 25 per person
Parking: OK

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks

Telephone No.: 012-333 1298
Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm (Closed on Sundays)
Parking : Limited


- A Whiff Of Lemongrass
- Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
- Cumi And Ciki
- A Lil Fat Monkey
- Lots Of Cravings

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  1. the fried chicken is a must! although sometimes abit too salty

  2. strangely we never walk to the back like this place , even tho we are the backstreets ! Maybe we are too ofter in front !
    LOL !

  3. u are a asam laksa fan too? cool! ya know, i never fail to salivate everytime i pass by that garden section at jusco mid valley when that whiff of asam laksa hits my nostrils! *salivating*

  4. came here once but they were shut :(

    anyway wishing you a very happy and wonderful year ahead

  5. to "Joe" who is constantly craving:
    Salty means it'll be nice to eat with lots of rice. :D
    (One of my weaknesses!)

    to backStreetGluttons:
    Lol! How can liddat? You must live up to your name. :P

    to Nic (KHKL):
    I love the stuff! :) :)
    But its difficult to eat it on normal working days bcos (as much as I like the taste) I dowan to walk around smelling like fish.

    to babe_kl:
    Awwww... Well, luckily there's plenty of other places to eat just a stone's throw away in Telawi/ Lucky Garden so it's not so bad.

    Hey, you want to have lunch there one day? It's quite near my office. :)

  6. I ta pao-ed nasi lemak with ayam goreng indonesia & nasi dagang from their outlet once... the nasi lemak was good but nasi dagang failed to impress. Somehow Village Park's version fares better

  7. I like my asam laksa savoury and super sour too! More kick. Salted egg chicken sounds wicked. Must go try soon... =P

  8. totally love the salted egg chicken. If ur up for it, the bitter gourd soup or fried rice is yumz

  9. to thule a.k.a leo:
    Well, one out of two ain't bad! :) Have to try their nasi lemak soon....

    to Bangsar-bAbE:
    Yay. Let's go! I want to eat it again too. :)

    Aiyo. The list getting longer and longer for lunch venues though. We still haven't gone to Anuar's.
    (I know - my fault! Sorry... been busy at work)

  10. to qwazy monkey:
    Not sure about the bittergourd soup (I m scared of bittergourd... because well, it's bitter! haha...)...

    ... but fried rice is one of my weaknesses! Will try it the next time. :)

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  12. hhmmm the NL failed the mark for me. The fish head milky beehoon was good but my friend who went 2 weeks ago said its not as good already.

    Need to try tht chic tho. Considering a 3rd round, but will order diff dishes...

  13. to thenomadGourmand:
    Our list of lunch venues is getting longer and longer! Haha...
    (I know it's my fault - Sorry.... work schedule is bad these few weeks)


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