I have heard recommendations to this place, so I had high expectations. The very open and airy atmosphere of the restaurant was very nice. The restaurant is kept very clean, and has a modern slick design. The tables are far apart for privacy and space. Nice tables and comfy seats. The air is filled with delicious flavours.
I was greeted by three different staff so it seemed that efficiency was important. As I was seated by one staff (who later was our server), he asked if I’d like something to drink. I asked for tea. After he left, another staff had already brought two glasses of water (the other for Sheepie who was out parking).
The Green tea was infused with tropical flavour and the aroma was quite pleasant, I kept sniffing the air. So fruity! As I write this post, I noticed that on the receipt, the tea was not included in the bill. I doubt it is usually free and probably a mistake?
After Sheepie sat down and we had plenty of time to decide, we waited more for the server to come get our order. It seemed like forever, and wondered what the fast service before was. We signaled and looked like we were getting antsy, and finally our server arrived.
We ordered the Rendang Beef $16, Hainanese Rice $2.50 and Fried Hokkien Mee $12.
The beef in the Rendang was not as soft as I thought it would be. I recall Banana Leaf’s to be softer, but that is from years ago…but the beef, potatoes and the stew went very well with the rice.
Even though I ordered the Rendang, and Sheepie the Hokkien Mee, I actually liked the noodles better. Not because I’m a noodle fanatic, but I really liked the flavour. The shrimps were very plumpy and juicy. Good portions.
I enjoyed the food, restaurant and staff. Compared to Banana Leaf though, I’m still drawn to going there instead…however, I wouldn’t oppose going to Kaya Malay.