Friday, 5 December 2014

Restoran Yarl @ Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

Restaurant Yarl is a Sri Lankan Tamil restaurant which is run by the refugees here in Kuala Lumpur. This restaurant is located along Jalan Padang Belia, same row as YMCA and is facing the Rukun Tetangga Office. Previously this was only a stall and that time it was known as Yarl Corner and was located somewhere near the Petronas Station. I have heard lots of good reviews on the food here and have always wanted to visit them, but just never got the opportunity. Today as I am around Brickfields, decided to drop by and check out the food. After all, there are not many Yalpanam (Jaffnese Tamil) restaurants here in Kuala Lumpur and being a Sri Lankan Tamil myself, I would not miss this opportunity.

Restaurant Yarl in Brickfields

They Also Do Catering

Air-conditioned Restaurant
The restaurant has a simple set up. The place is air-conditioned and the restaurant was very clean. For smokers, do note that the premise is a no smoking zone. 

Curries and Tamil Cakes

More Curries

More Curries


More Curries
There was a good variety of curries, vegetables and meat dishes available. It was already 6 pm now and they were already preparing some dinner items too. It is good to see all of the Jaffnese dishes available here and they remind me of my late grandma's cooking. 


Paal Appam
Puttu and Paal Appam were being prepared at this hour. We decided on having lunch here and then buying back some Puttu and Idiyappam (Spring Hoppers) back home for dinner as my parents would truly love them.

Limau Ice @ RM 1.50
As mentioned before, the workers here were Sri Lankan Tamils and they were very polite to customers. We ordered two of the above Limau Ais. Pricing was right and the drink was decent too. I would rate this at 7/10 .

Lunch @ RM 10.50
Lunch was simple. We had White Rice, Paruppu Kadayal, Egg Sambal and a plate of Prawn Sambal. The meal was priced at RM 10.50  which I felt was slightly expensive.

Rice & Parappu Kadayal @ RM 3.00
They generally price a basic meal set at RM 3.00 and that is the reason why we were charged the same for this. We did not take any vegetables just plain rice and the Paruppu Kadayal and I felt that the pricing for this was definitely on the high side. Taste wise, the Paruppu Kadayal was good. It was thick, spiced well and had lots of ghee in it. I would rate their Paruppu Kadayal at 8.5/10 .

Egg Sambal @ RM 2.50
RM 2.50 for the above Egg Sambal is acceptable as that is the common price around town. Coming to the taste, it was very nice. The gravy was quite spicy, just the way it should be according to Jaffnese taste buds. I would definitely recommend this. My rating for this shall be 9/10 .

Prawn Sambal @ RM 5.00
The Prawn Sambal was just awesome! It was super spicy but finger lickin good. Definitely not for those who can't take spicy food. This is a different level of spiciness altogether but the overall taste was just perfect. I thoroughly enjoyed this dish. I would rate this at 10/10 .

Idiyappam @ RM 0.80 each

Idiyappam @ RM 0.80 each
We also bought some items back for dinner and this Idiyappam is one of them. Here it is priced at 80 cents each but the Idiyappam here is thick and double the size that you get outside. The only setback would be that it was slightly hard, mainly contributed by it's thickness. Otherwise, it was good. I would rate this at 7.5/10 .


Sothi is a Jaffnese Tamil curry made from coconut milk and the preparation here was very good. It is customary for Sri Lankan Tamils to have Idiyappam with Sothi and the combination is just lovely. I was in love with their Sothi. My rating for this shall be a perfect 10/10 . This Sothi is provided complimentary.

Puttu @ RM 2.00 each

Puttu @ RM 2.00 each
Besides the Idiyappam, we also bought back some Puttu and it was priced at RM 2.00 each which is considered cheaper than market price. The Puttu was soft and good. Delicious and good to be eaten on it's own. I would rate their Puttu at 9.2/10 .

Venthayam Kulambu

Venthayam Kulambu
Venthayam Kulambu is another traditional Jaffnese dish, often confused with the Vengaya Kulambu that is available in the Indian Tamil restaurants. Generally in Jaffnese tradition, Puttu is eaten with either Venthayam Kulambu or Fish Kulambu. The Venthayam Kulambu here was once again very good. I would rate this at 9.8/10 . This Kulambu too was provided complimentary.


A common Varai in Jaffnese homes is the Fish Varai but this is the grated Coconut Varai mixed with spices and goes well with the Puttu. This preparation was nicely done and provided complimentary with the Puttu. Do make sure that you ask for this when buying Puttu here as it is simply delicious. I would rate this Varai at 9/10 .

Except for the pricing of the basic meal which I was unhappy about, everything else was good here. The food is delicious and this would be something different when compared to the usual Indian Tamil restaurants out there. Definitely a highly recommended restaurant. I heard that their Crab Curry is awesome too but unfortunate that I did not get a chance to try it today. Definitely would return for more soon.

Address: No. 50, Jalan Padang Belia, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 0700 - 2030 Daily

1 comment:

  1. Awful.this shop is really getting bad. use to be good service with previous workers.
    Now its really shitty.
    I jz had a single tosai and i was practically begging for chatni .
    The best part was only 2 customers around with 4 workers.Sad part is the owner a lady wass totally irresponsible...