Monday, April 25, 2011

Restoren Richwell @ PJ

A contender to the popular Greenview Restaurant? :) ....

Restoren Richwell has been open since 2009, and seems to have placed itself as a contender to the already super popular Restoren Greenview, just a few doors down:
(It's the corner shoplot, near the Rothman's Roundabout - just a stone's throw from SS2)
Look for the blinking neon crab and his lobster friends....

Comparatively, the ambience in Richwell is nicer - comfortable (air-conditioned), relatively more modern and classy but without being pretentious:
(They also have a selection of wines and other alcohol here if you want to pair it with your meal)
Brightly lit and comfortable inside....

It was a special occasion that night (as we were celebrating Mr Joe Lot's of Cravings' short visit back to his homeland), so we pulled out all the stops and indulged in the extravagant speciality at Richwell - the Signature Sang Har Noodles (RM 250+):
Their signature dish....

Looks like a mess with all the prawns heaped on top of the noodles, drowning in the egg-y yellow sauce, but trust me it tastes mmm-MMM-MMMMMMMM.

First of all the prawns were fresh as evidenced by their sweet, bouncey flesh, with the added bonus was that most of them had the that wonderful Holy Grail of prawns (prawn roe) and they were all HUGE:
WOWZA. Look at the size of that prawn!....

There was nothing I didn't like about this (except the cholesterol level and price tag *sigh*) - crunchy noodles that didn't taste starchy, silky smooth sauce and of course the awesome prawns as mentioned before.

Another rather extravagant order that night was the Crispy Roast Pigeon (RM 35+ per pigeon):
Poor lil'bird....

The teeny birdies were bursting with flavour, sweet and slightly gamey but in a good way, with the skin perfectly crispy and well seasoned - the price tag is a little hefty because it's considered quite an "atas" (high class) dish, but its a nice treat.

Other than these, we also ordered a few other more normal, day to day dishes to complement our meal:
- Sweet and Sour Pork (RM 20+, medium):
My childhood favourite dish....

It was only slightly crispy on the outside, but overall, a satisfactory eat as there was sufficient bite from the fairly tender mouthfuls of meat, complemented by a slightly sticky sweet and sour sauce.

- Braised Pork Belly with Salted Fish (RM 25+, large):
Clay pot of steaming piggy goodness....

There was only a hint of the briny salted fish but the slices of fatty pork were tender and made for a luscious combination with rice.

- Chinese Cabbage with Yam (RM 25+, large):
Healthy dish?....

Simple but delicious - crunchy chinese cabbage coated with the creamy sauce that was light yet flavourful from the "melted" yam.
(I do wish there were more chunks of yam in this dish though)

- Lemon Sea Coconut (RM 4.50+ per bowl):
Hopefully the lemon helped melt away all the fat :)....

This dessert felt guilt free as it was only slightly sweet and balanced with some sourness from the added lemons.

Had a great time that night, as always - it's always a happy, fun time to celebrate the return of a friend. :)

So it's: Relatively modern and classy ambience, friendly service, good range of Chinese food located near the Rothman's roundabout BUT nothing really bad, just that some of the prices are on the high side and traffic in the area can be bad during peak hours......

Restaurant Review
Summary Sheet:

Restoren Richwell @ PJ

24G, Jln 19/3, Petaling Jaya

Taste: 7
Ambience : 7
Service : 7
Price** : RM 55++ per person
Parking: Limited

** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-7955 5855
Opening Hours: 11am to 3pm, 5.30 to 11pm
Official Website: Click here :)



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  1. gosh, yeah, that looks like the priciest single plate of sang har meen that i've ever seen, but it also looks like THE MOST DELICIOUS! eight people can happily share without fighting each other to the death for enough prawns and gravy? :D

  2. to Sean:
    Oh yeah - there was plenty to go around for the 8 of us... :)
    (I think it could easily have fed 9 actually!)

  3. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  4. to Anonymous:
    *waves* Hi... :)
    Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I usually post something new 2 to 3 times a week.

  5. oo... i always drove pass this restaurant but never dare to venture in.
    Thanks for the post. Might consider trying it next time. :)

  6. to chuletz:
    Ah ok. Well, I hope you enjoy it if you go. :)
    (The sang har mee is yummy!)

  7. I've got no objections to eating there. But my savings will if I go too often. LOL

  8. to qwazymonkey:
    Haha.. Same here definitely! :)

  9. I really liked the article, and the very cool blog


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