Monday, October 25, 2010

Grandmama's @ Pavilion, KL

Local favourites in Pavilion KL...

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)
The extended indoor section....

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:
My bowl of Sang Har Hor Fun....

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.
Spooning it up and *chomp*....

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)
Coconut custard, cutely presented in its shell....

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 :).....

Summary Sheet:

Grandmama's @ Pavilion, KL

Lot 6.01.01, 6.01.02, Level 6, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Taste: 6
Ambience : 6
Service : 7
Price** : RM 40++ per person
Parking: OK

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks

Telephone No.: 03-2143 9333
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm


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  1. i think the food dropped standard abit since it 1st started, remember coming here for a meal just b4 i left a few mths ago..wasnt as spectacular as the first time.

  2. My Sang Har Mein was so-so only :P

  3. Portion looks a bit small, hor? ~_~

  4. Hmm...doesn't sound very encouraging eh?!

  5. the sang har hor fun looks horrific. as in not good!

  6. gosh, sounds like maybe their standards have been dipping after all over the past year (i never managed to return after that one visit). the sang har hor fun broth used to look thicker. but hopefully it's not an irreversible slide!

  7. to "Joe" who is constantly craving:
    Hmmmm. That's sad. Hopefully they can bounce back soon. I only starting eating there recently so don't have a good point of comparison.

    to UnkaLeong:
    Oh dear... Well, what was wrong with it though? *curious*
    (It cost 29++ worr! How can it not taste at least good? *sigh*)

    to Bangsar-bAbE:
    Haha.. Small for u lah! :P
    .. but it is in a high class shopping center so it's normal, I guess....

    to PureGlutton:
    Yeah loh. Kinda sad! I remember everyone blogging/ saying that it was very nice just last year....

    to Cumi & Ciki:
    Haha.. Well, it didn't taste that awful... unless you are just referring to my photo taking skills! :P

    to Sean:
    I hope so too... because I don't think there are any other places serving this dish.

  8. No kick lar. No Ooomph. Heheheh...

  9. to UnkaLeong:
    Try not to compare to the famous road side chinese restaurants lah. This one is shopping centre food leh. Different breed! :P


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