Saturday, 29 November 2014

Gerai Makan Neelavathy @ Hulu Bernam, Selangor

In recent days, I have been doing entries highlighting the best Tamil eateries in Tanjung Malim and as part of this series, here is a place called Gerai Makan Neelavathi which I feel is the second best place in Tanjung Malim for lunch. The place is just a simple set up but serves excellent home cooked style food at very reasonable prices.

Ulu Bernam Market along Jalan Changkat Asa

Parking Can Sometime Be An Issue
This place is located right beside the Ulu Bernam Market along Jalan Changkat Asa on the Ulu Bernam side of town which comes under Selangor. As you come along the main road crossing the Bernam River, you would come to a traffic lights. At this lights, turn right and the moment you turn right, this stall is on your left. It is just like 10 meters from the lights. Sometimes, you could get parking along the side of the road or else, just another 30 meters in front, you could park along the row of shops. 

Gerai Makan Neelavathi

The Kitchen

Cashier Counter

This restaurant is a simple stall but it is covered and even at noon, the place is not that hot as it is well ventilated. This place is a family run enterprise and all the cooking is done here at the shop. As you can see, even the kitchen is very clean unlike some other famous restaurants where the kitchen is just so dirty.

Uncle Maniam Taking The Rice

Curries Station

Us Taking Our Own Dishes
The owner, Mr. Subramaniam or Uncle Maniam as I fondly call him, has been running this restaurant for more than 40 years now. Those days, it was in Tanjung Malim town itself  near the new bus station and since the stalls have been demolished for development, he has been forced to move to this new location. Here, you get both the normal rice and Par Boil Rice. Once the rice has been served, we just move to the curries station to select the curries. His curries are pretty good, no MSG and are absolutely home cooked taste. 

My Vegetarian Meal

My Vegetarian Meal
I had a huge portion of rice, two pieces of Tauhu Sambal, some vegetable and some Taugeh along with Sambar. The Sambar is very good and I would rate it at 9/10 .  The greens too were very good and the Tauhu Sambal was simply delicious. I would rate his Tauhu Sambal at 9.3/10 .

My Dad's Meal

Mutton Curry is a must try here!
My Dad had rice with two vegetables and Mutton Curry. The Mutton Curry here is awesome! For me, this is the best Mutton Curry in town and is cooked with lot's of potato's and lean meat. A must try for Mutton lovers. I would rate this Mutton Curry at 9.7/10 .

My Mom's Meal

My Mom's Meal
My Mom had rice with two vegetables and fish. The Fried Fish, was again good and freshly fried. I would rate his Fried Fish at 8.5/10 .

Papadam is provided complimentary and you don't even have to ask for this. Mr. Maniam would just serve them at your table once you are seated with your meal. The Papadam's here are fresh and crisp, not the foldable stuff.

Here, they would also serve the Milagu Rasam complimentary to everyone. It is served in small glasses like above. The Rasam here is tasty too, but not the best in Tanjung Malim. Nevertheless, I would rate this at 7.5/10 .

Iced Water
With our meals, we all had the above glass of Iced Water each. The total bill for the day for the three of us was RM 13.00 . That's one vegetarian meal, one meal with Mutton and another meal with Fish. The price is definitely very reasonable and the food is tasty with healthy ingredients. Definitely a place that I shall highly recommend!

Address: Lot 1050, Jalan Changkat Asa, Ulu Bernam,
                35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 0700 - 1700 Daily (Closed on Sunday's)


  1. Hi bro Venoth, happy to have landed at your blog, thank you for your review on Gerai Makan Neelavathy, I will definately drop by and try this shop when I go up north to Slim River soon, take care bro, Rao

    1. Hi Bro Rao, thank you for taking the time to go through my blogs. Am always happy when a new reader drops by. Yes please, definitely worth trying them out. Best Regards, Venoth