Sunday, 2 March 2014

Restoran e Place @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

e Place is a sister restaurant of Easy Cafe, both of which are in Taman Ketoyong Permai, Tanjung Malim. Started by a Chinese gentleman, this restaurant serves Halal Chinese and Western dishes. Besides these, they also serve Steamboat and some Vegetarian dishes. This restaurant has been around for some time now and seems very famous with the university students. As I am on a crusade to try out as many restaurants in Tanjung Malim as possible, we decided to drop by here for dinner tonight. 

Restaurant e Place in Tanjung Malim

The Steamboat Section
This restaurant occupies two shop lots. The one on the left is for general dining and the unit on the right is specially for Steamboat as the tables have been modified to hold the heaters. It was a cold night and we decided to sit outdoors which is still ventilated by ceiling fans. 

The menu has a lot to offer in terms of the number and variety of dishes and the prices seem quite reasonable. 

Steamboat Menu

Besides the Ala Carte items, they also offer  value for money Steamboat sets. We were not in the mood for Steamboat tonight and went for the dishes. Service here is quite efficient and the moment we were seated, we were attended to by the waitress. 

Coca Cola @ RM 3.00

Ipoh White Coffee @ RM 3.00
A can of Coke is priced at RM 3.00 which is quite reasonable for a Cafe like this. We also ordered a cup of their Ipoh White Coffee which was priced at RM 3.00 . The White Coffee was decent, though not great. I would rate their White Coffee at 7/10 .

Nescafe @ RM 3.00
I ordered the above Nescafe. It was well fixed and was surely better than the earlier White Coffee. I would rate this at 8/10 .

Potato Samosa @ RM 6.00

Potato Samosa @ RM 6.00
For starters, we ordered the above Potato Samosa's. A plate comes with six pieces and is priced at RM 6.00 which works out to be RM 1.00 each. This also comes with some Chili Sauce on the side. This is definitely the frozen Potato Samosa that is sold in the supermarkets as the taste is very familiar. It wasn't all that great and I would only rate this at 6.5/10 .

Curry Mee @ RM 6.00

Closer Look At The Chili Paste

All Stirred
The Curry Mee came in a very large bowl and for the price of RM 6.00, I would say that it is definitely a good deal. Uniquely, the Curry Mee here comes in a bowl of Coconut Milk and the Chili paste is laid on one side of the dish and it is the customer that mixes the concoction to suit to their taste. Ingredients wise, it was filled with lots of Tofu, Cockles, Fish Paste, Fish Balls and Shrimps. Definitely a very fulfilling bowl of noodles. The Curry too, once all stirred up, tasted really good. This dish is definitely highly recommended and I would rate this at 9/10 .

Fish And Chips @ RM 13.00
My brother ordered the above Fish and Chips. To me, it seems like a very stingy portion. There was just half the usual portion of fish along with some fries, salad and some mayonnaise. For RM 13.00, this is just not acceptable.

The Fish

The Fish was the usual Fried Dory but the portion was ridiculously small. For a normal eater, I think you would need to order two of these. The fish, was just okay and had stains of oil which brought about a foul smell and taste and that is not how it should be served. I would only rate their fish at 5/10 .

Their Salad too was quite pathetic looking. There were just two salad leaves along with some shredded carrots and topped with Mayonnaise. Nothing much to shout about and it was not at all appetising. I would rate their Salad at 3/10 . Overall, not a good dish to order here. 

Black Pepper Chicken Chop @ RM 13.00
This definitely is the joke of the century. I ordered Black Pepper Chicken Chop and not Fried Chicken served with Black Pepper Sauce. Chicken Chop means that the Chicken needs to be de-boned and chopped and then it is either grilled or pan fried and topped with sauce which clearly was not the case here. The moment I saw the dish, I was put off by it. Once again, it came with Fries, at least this had more fries compared to the earlier Fish and Chips and the same pathetic looking salad. 

The So Called Chopped Chicken

Black Pepper Sauce

Scarce Meat with Thick Layer of Fat

All Fat
Even the Fried Chicken at KFC, which I find to be horrible nowadays, tastes better than this. There was very little meat, lots of bones and the chunk of it was fat which was nauseating. Simply not acceptable as I do not know how else to describe it. I would rate the chicken at 1/10 .

Luckily there was more fries on my dish and that was my savior. The Fries were good and that was the one that filled my stomach for the night. I would rate their Fries at 7.5/10 .In a nutshell, please do not order this dish unless you want to go through the same ordeal I experienced. 

Both their Western dishes were very disappointing. The Chinese dish that we tried i.e. the Curry Mee, was good. Perhaps one should stick to just their Chinese dishes while dining here. I would definitely return for their Curry Mee but never for their Western dishes. Perhaps, the next time we should try their Steamboat.

Address: No. 15, Jalan Permai, Taman Ketoyong Permai,
                35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak.

Telephone: +605 458 5855

Opening Hours: Sunday - Friday 1130 - 2230
                            Saturday 1530 - 2330

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