Grandmama's is sort of an extension of the already famous Madam Kwan's chain, where one of the family members decided to branch out on their own...
(Or so I hear)
They only have one outlet so far, tucked away in a corner of the top floor of Pavilion shopping center:
(Located next to the escalator, just opposite TGIF)
There are 3 areas where you can dine:
- Inside the main restaurant (non-smoking),
- Just outside on the "balcony" (smoking), or
- the extended indoor section inside the shopping center (also non-smoking).
While the outside area can be a bit warm and noisy (lots of people milling around, going up and down the escalators and/ or coming out of the cinema),... the inside sections are comfortable and with a simple but classy decor.
As for the menu, it is mostly Asian/ Malaysian favourites (either one plate meals like Nasi Lemak or you can order dishes to share) and a few Western staples (eg. fish & chips, spaghetti)...
That night, I tried the Sang Har Hor Fun (RM 19++) which is one of the specialties there:
I was expecting the broth to be a bit more robust and rich (since it is sang har) but it turned out to be fairly delicate, with a light texture (watery, but not in a bad way) - almost like a less sweet and spicy version of Penang Har Mee.
Overall, I enjoyed it, as it tasted fresh, and matched well with the plump, juicy prawn and silky hor fun.
I have actually been to Grandmama's a couple times before** and had thoroughly enjoyed the Coconut custard (RM 9++) so I ordered it again that night:
(** Forgot to bring my camera so didn't blog about it)
Unfortunately, it did not taste like the yummy, coconut-y, smooth and creamy dessert that I remembered.
(Presentation was still cute though)
Nope. Instead, there was a fairly strong "taste" of fridge.
(To be fair, this is just 1 time out of 3. For me, it's forgiveable and I will still order again in future in the hopes of it tasting yummy again)
Anyway, they also have Nasi Bojari and Nasi Lemak priced similarly (if not exactly the same) as Madam Kwan's. To me, the taste is just as delicious and there's always less of a crowd at Grandmama's so it's a good option if you have a hankering for yummy carbs.
(Most of the fried noodles also taste pretty good, although lacking in terms of "wok hei"...)
So, it's: Comfortable and convenient location if you're in Pavilion, good selection of local favourites and some western dishes, decently priced (considering its in a high class shopping center) BUT nothing bad actually - it's a good place to bring visitors to sample some Msian food without fear of killing them with germs :).....
Grandmama's @ Pavilion, KL
Lot 6.01.01, 6.01.02, Level 6, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Ambience : 6
Service : 7
Price** : RM 40++ per person
** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-2143 9333
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm
NO PORK SERVED
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