21 December 2013

Restoran Nasi Ayam Chee Meng Hailam

Restoran Nasi Ayam Chee Meng Hailam 
50 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
(Coordinates: E101° 42' 33.2" N3° 8' 43.1")

We were in Lowyat Plaza this evening as my smart phone was on the blitz. After a couple hours the technician declared that my smart phone was beyond repair and Ninetology graciously extended me a brand new phone as a replacement (good thing it was still within the warranty period).

 It was a dark and stormy night, and with little protection from the rain we hopped into this restaurant conveniently located in front. Apparently Chee Meng has been garnering quite some attention for serving kosher Hailam Chicken Rice.

along Jalan Bukit Bintang
why does it say spice of punjab?
Hailam style roasted chicken?
we think not


Perusing the menu, we were aghast to find that a plate of chicken rice here will cost us RM9! Oh well, rather than brave the rain to go look for another restaurant we decided to put up with the ridiculous price and promptly ordered a set each.

nothing hainanese at all
she does not look pleased
and he was not amused
oh well, since it was a dark and stormy night...


The verdict? Sadly the chicken rice here did not reciprocate the preposterous price tag. In fact, we feel that Chee Meng should stop proclaiming itself a Hailam Chicken Rice shop, since its taste bears no resemblance to the original article. Truth be told, it's nothing more than another run-of-the-mill Malay styled chicken rice restaurant but at exorbitant prices.

The damage? Together with a round of Iced Barley it all came to RM33 which in hindsight is still within the realms of the everyday food for the everyday person, but paying RM9 for a plate of Chicken Rice left an awful taste in my mouth. Would we come back again? I think it’s pretty obvious we’ll be giving this shop a pass in the future. Hailam Chicken Rice my foot!

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