Thursday, 13 March 2014

Restoran Hijas @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

Restoran Hijas is now the most buzzing Indian Muslim restaurant in Tanjung Malim. Located along Jalan Cahaya in Taman Anggerik Desa, this restaurant operates 24 hours daily and has a huge base of loyal customers, mostly from the nearby University. Though there ins't any illuminated sign at the restaurant, the place is occupying the same unit as Hotel Cahaya and is directly opposite the Hindu Temple at the traffic lights. It was almost midnight and I wanted to have a quick meal and since I had never tried this restaurant, decided to drop by the place.

Restoran Hijas in Tanjung Malim

Interior of the restaurant

Cashier Counter

Curry Station
This restaurant is owned and run by Malayalee Muslims and not Tamil Muslims. Usually, the Roti Canai is quite good at Malayalee Muslim restaurants but the curry is not up to the standard of the Tamil Muslim restaurants. That is generally a rule that has generally been accurate throughout my knowledge but I am yet to try out this place. Also, it was amusing to see a framed photograph of the owner with the IGP being displayed above the cashier counter, wonder what purpose does that serve. The restaurant set up is just like any other Indian Muslim restaurant and it was generally clean. During my time at the restaurant, there was a high turnover of customers and the staffs were very efficiently coping with it.

Thai Dishes Menu

Thai Dishes Menu

Naan and Tandoori Items
Besides the usual curries and dishes, they also offer the above Thai food and that is specific to dinner onwards only. They also have the Malabari Briyani for lunch which is a unique style of Briyani originating from the state of Kerala in India. Honestly, the staffs here were not too courteous or friendly. They never put on a smile and seem to be only doing their job and this is same with the owner who sits at the cashier too. 

Teh Tarik @ RM 1.30
Their Tea was good. Well the Keralites are famous for their excellent tea and this was no exception here. I would rate their tea at 9/10 .

Mee Goreng @ RM 4.00

Wet Style
Their Mee Goreng was also good but as you can see, it was not prepared similar to the Tamil Muslim style as this preparation was on the wet side.  The flavours were good and they came with some chicken chunks, onion, tomato and bird's eye chilies. Not too spicy, it was an ideal dish and I would rate it at 9/10 .

Roti Canai @ RM 1.00

Roti Canai @ RM 1.00
Surprisingly, their Roti Canai failed to impress me. It was not up to standard that I had expected it to be. Honestly, this was second to the Roti Canais prepared by the Tamil Muslims too. Taste wise, I would only rate this at 8.2/10 .

Fish Curry

Fish Curry
I had requested for Fish Curry to go with the Roti Canai. Their Fish Curry however was excellent. Usually curries in Malayalee Muslim restaurants are just average but here this particular curry, though it was the only curry that I had tried, was good and impressive. Perfectly flavoured, I would rate this at 8.9/10 .

On the whole, it was a satisfactory dining experience for me and the prices seemed to be reasonable too. I would definitely return again to try out their Kerala Special Briyani sometime. 

Address: No. 5, Jalan Cahaya, Taman Anggerik Desa, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak

Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily (Closed from 1200 - 1400 on Fridays)

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