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Saturday 24 August 2013

Restoran Padang (Revisited): Closed

(closed as of January 2014?)
Restoran Padang
43, Jalan Dang Wangi
 50100 Kuala Lumpur
(Coordinates: 3° 9' 21.75", 101° 42' 1.25")

Brendan had school today, and since we were running late we decided to have lunch in as close proximity to our apartment (and the school) as possible. Wanting to make sure Brendan had his fill before the long school hours, and since the canteen runs on half its usual capacity we settled on having lunch at our second favourite 1Nasi Padang restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, the aptly named Restoran Padang.

1padang-style rice, a miniature banquet of meats, fish, vegetables, and spicy sambal (fiery-spicy condiment) eaten with plain white rice

right across Wilayah Kompleks along Jalan Dang Wangi
a dying breed of restaurants
we were the only ones there,  a crying shame

We’ve covered this restaurant a while back but this restaurant is always worth more than a mention. Located along the busy Jalan Dang Wangi, parking can be tricky and we (as is always the case, illegally) park along the road shoulder by the shop front. This restaurant is a family business managed by three brothers who have watched Brendan grow from a toddler to a teenager.

the first thing you see
our 2nd favourite place
lovely gulai
time to select our dishes

As always, I had the 2Gulai Ikan Cencaru with rice; Brendan also stuck to his usual, the 3Ayam Goreng Padang with rice while Cat tried the 4Gulai Ikan Tenggiri with rice.

2Torpedo Scad in rich, spicy and succulent curry-like sauce
3fried chicken with spicy granules
4Mackerel in rich, spicy and succulent curry-like sauce

Brendan's rice with ayam goreng padang
Cat's rice with gulai ikan tenggiri
my rice with gulai ikan cencaru

What can we say? We’ve been coming here for ages and this restaurant never fails to satisfy us. Even with the passing of the brothers’ late father the taste has never wavered. The damage? Cat and Brendan had Iced Lemon Tea while I had a can of Pepsi, and it all came to… hold your breath… RM19! The everyday food for the everyday person is a catch phrase we thought up with precisely restaurants like this in mind.

A special plea: A lot of eateries in this area depend heavily on lunchtime traffic from the nearby offices, and Jalan Dang Wangi can be pretty quiet in the evenings except for club-hoppers patronizing the nearby Heritage Row. We’ve seen restaurants come and go in this area, and a lot of restaurants have closed down for the sheer lack of customers especially during dinner time and the weekends. So to ensure this gem of a restaurant remains in operation please do make an effort to visit Restoran Padang!

Update: Its closed as of January 2014 ;(

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