Sunday, 3 March 2013

Restoran Busy Corner @ Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya

I had some errands to settle in Damansara Jaya earlier this evening and it finished around 7 pm. I have an early morning flight to catch to Singapore and hence felt that it was much better to have dinner and head home though it was rather early for me. It was then that I spotted this restaurant. This restaurant is located on the same row as the internet cafes and Petronas in Damansara Jaya.

Restoran Busy Corner at Damansara Jaya
We parked the car and walked over to the restaurant to discover that it was pretty full and mostly youngsters, must be KDU students I thought to myself.

Inside the restaurant
The restaurant was average, like a typical neighbourhood restaurant. Cleanliness was basic too but it was bustling with activity, almost like a market. Loads of customers coming in and orders being made and delivered to the relevant tables. Everyone seemed to be having claypot rice. Well honestly, this is the first time that I had walked in to a restaurant without knowing of their reputation and their food offered. It felt strange though.

The Hanging Menu On The Wall
A guy in his early twenties walked up to me and asked me what I wanted to eat. Simple as that. No menu cards offered. I then asked him what do you have and he pointed me this the above sign which was hidden from where I was seating. That is when I understood that this restaurant specialised in Claypot Rice and had a variety of them offered. Having glanced at the sign, we then decided our meals.

I observed that the cooking was done by three foreigners and the lady boss and her son were handling the orders and cash. Immediately after me placing the orders with the son, the lady boss came over and placed the above cutleries and asked us what we would like to drink.

Chrysanthemum Tea @ RM 1.50
Shortly thereafter, our drinks arrived. I liked the drink. It was pure and definitely homemade. Mildly sweetened too. Definitely something that I would recommend here. I would rate this drink 9/10 .

Claypot Chicken Rice @ RM 7.50

Claypot Chicken Rice After Being Mixed Up
This dish is one of my favourites and so I would be very stringent when rating this. Overall, it was good but not the best. The best one I ever tried was the one in Kampar, Perak. Second to that would be the one in Pavillion Mall's food court and this would fit well at third place. The portion was also pretty decent and this small size was enough for both of us. The chicken was also lavish but a little less on the salted fish which gives the extra kick. It ranks close to the one in Pavillion but very far to the one in Kampar, must be the fresh egg that is missing. Generally, I would rate this dish 8.9/10 .

Groundnuts and Chicken Feet Soup @ RM 5.00
We ordered a small portion of this soup. To me, this was good. I loved they way it was prepared. They were lavish in the nuts and the chicken feet. I just loved the taste of this. One of the best I ever had. I would rate this 9.3/10 . Definitely recommended!

Vegetable Soup @ RM 5.00
This was a huge disappointment. The vegetables were utterly faded and had zero nutritions in it except fiber. The soup was bland and flat and it was served lukewarm. I would recommend them to revisit their recipe for this. I would only rate this 2/10 . Two points because it was edible and for nothing else.

Baby Kailan @ RM 5.00
 This dish was wonderful. For RM 5.00, it was surely worth it. The Baby Kailan was extremely fresh and portion was extremely good for the price. The sauce was also just about the right amount. I definitely fell in love with this dish, though simple that it may be. I would rate this 9.8/10 .

Overall this is a good place to have dinner. Some of the downfalls that they may need to work on would be the cleanliness, customer service and the quality of some of the dishes. Otherwise, this place is good if your looking for a decent Claypot Chicken Rice fix. For the two of us, the bill came to a mere RM 24.50 which is cheap for dinner in Kuala Lumpur. Once I was back home, I did some research on them and found out that this has been a long serving restaurant which has built its name over the years. Sad that I found out late that the other Claypot Prawn Rice is a must try dish but would try it some other time. However, they need to accept their flaws and work on it or else, they would just go down in todays competitive world.

Address: 83, Jalan SS 22/11, Damansara Jaya, 
                47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 1100 - 1430 & 1700 - 2130 Daily

Telephone: +603 7729 0116

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