Nasi Lemak, the restaurant in Robinson’s Galleria not the dish, is a small restaurant serving some of the most authentic Singaporean and Malaysia dishes in the the metro. I’ve been reading a lot of good things about it from friends, so one friday night, we decided to give it a try.
We started off with Roti Prata, served either with curry or condensed milk(P98), an appetizer whose taste we acquired during our recent trip to Singpore. We like the chewiness of the roti but found the curry dip too spicy, compared to the one from Shiok, which we absolutely loved and much cheaper to boot.
I also ordered my favorite hawker food, Popiah (P140 for 2 rolls), a Singapore dish reminiscent of lumpia in reference to the thin flour skins used. Difference between lumpia and popiah is that the latter only uses jicama and carrots as the main vegetable ingredients inside. I found the skin a bit dry and the overall taste bland, lacking in oomph.
I also had my other hawker favorite, Char Kway Teow (P138, single serving), stir fried flat rice noodles with chili, beansprouts and seafood. I was really satisfied with this one, each bite bringing back memories of hawker stalls in Singapore. Although the taste was spot on, it was missing the cockles (clams) that are usually added to the dish. I can’t recall if there were any shrimps though.
Irene had Fishball Noodle Soup (P150), she did not have any of the fishballs though. Lauren had a taste of fishballs for the first time and appropriated all of them. I think the noodles they use in the soup are the same ones they use in the CKT I had. Irene was pretty happy with the noodles and soup.
Y had the Laksa (P210), a spicy Pernankan noodle soup. She was really happy with it since she loves spicy food. We on the other hand steered clear of this. From the looks of it, the toppings were generous as evidenced by the large size prawn.
All in all, the meal was of good, taste and value wise. We’ll be back to try some of the other Singaporean and Malaysian dishes. I just feel they should do away with the Chinese dishes like the dimsum since its pushing itself as a Singaporean restaurant. The other dishes detract people from fully appreciating the richness and the variety of flavors of Singaporean cuisine.
Nasi Lemak Singapore Food Republic
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