Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Restoran Santa Chapati House @ Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur

Looking for some great Chapati's and Punjabi curries? Then Restoran Santa Chapati House which is located along Lorong Gombak Off Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman is a must try. This restaurant has been around for decades now and is a favourite among many that love Chapati's. 

Restoran Santa along Lorong Gombak

Entrance To The Restaurant
The entrance to this restaurant may seem a little odd as it is from the rear of the building. Thinking about it, I don't really remember what's on the front side though, perhaps some textile or carpet shop. This restaurant is right next to Gulati's and parking here is much better as there are many open air car park operator's just along that stretch of road. This restaurant is run by Madam Gurdeep but not many know that they are part of the same Restoran Santa group. The other restaurants are located along Jalan Tun H.S. Lee (the side that is parallel to Lebuh Ampang) and another one in Setapak (just beside Tawakkal Hospital). Mr. Kulwant Singh, the owner, is always found at the restaurant located along Jalan Tun H.S. Lee. Though the food tastes the same across all their restaurants, I somehow prefer this outlet as it is much more spacious and the public transportation is very much better. The restaurant may be somewhat hidden as the road is built on higher grounds and one needs to walk down some steep steps to get into this restaurant. 

Curries and Freshly Made Chapati's

Freshly Made Chapati's @ RM 1.70 each

Chicken Curry, Fried Chicken and Curd Vada
As one enters the restaurant, you would be able to see one of their staffs making Chapati's on your right, just next to the entrance. I was here for breakfast this morning and though not all of their usual variety were available yet, their most famous curries were there and that was more than enough for me. I am so used to this place having been here numerous times and some of my favourites are their Chicken Curry, Fried Chicken, Dalcha, Mutton Curry and Keema. This lineup of curries is also loved by many and that is the reason why they have those available all day long. Besides Chapati's, they have Roti Canai's too but that is not really a fast selling item. It is just prepared as Malaysian's are creatures of habit and tend to prefer having Roti Canai's too for breakfast. 

Place Was Crowded

Well Ventilated

Ample Of Seating Spaces
Don't expect much in terms of seating comfort but this restaurant is anytime better than their other outlet in Jalan Tun H.S. Lee in terms of dining comfort and space. The place is simple, clean and well ventilated. Despite the fact that cooking is done indoors, I was hardly able to feel any heat inside.  As always, I would prefer to collect my Chapati's and curries from the counter myself. Some would also place their orders at the table. It is just a matter of preference as I would like to see all their curries for the day and then decide on what I would like to have. Without an exception, today was the same and having collected my breakfast, I returned to my table. 

My Breakfast
To start with, I had one Chapati and some Mutton Curry. Of course, I had refills and more curries subsequently which I shall be speaking off shortly below. 

Chapati @ RM 1.70
Their Chapati's were priced at RM 1.70 each. I would not say that they were cheap but they are definitely worth the price paid. Prices have been going up over the years but the hike has been very gradual. Well, after all, won't we pay for quality? Coming back to the bread, it was just so good! The Chapati was soft and fluffy, one of the best in town and I would rate this at 9.8/10 .

Mutton Curry @ RM 5.00
This is one of their best dishes at this restaurant! Of course, the other's are equally good but being a mutton fan, I would never fail to have this. The gravy was thick & delicious and the mutton were lean chunks cooked with potato's to perfection. A dish that one has got to try to truly experience the very same gastronomical delight that I had experienced. I would rate this at 9.8/10 . Do note that their Chicken Curry is awesome too and if you are a fan of chicken, then that should definitely be your choice of meat. 

As I added more Chapati's, this time I went for their Dalcha. This again was truly tremendous! Perfect dish of Dalcha served piping hot. Would you believe me if I said that I had another serving of Dalcha just to drink it down after my meal? That was how good this was and I would rate this at 9.8/10 . Truly fantastic!

Punjabi Style Tea @ RM 1.70
Finally, after my delicious meal, I ordered a glass of Tea and just look at the foam, that should speak for itself as to how good this was. Awesome is the word and I would rate this at 9.8/10 .

Overall, I returned a very happy man regardless of how my trousers felt at my waistline after this sumptuous meal. A place that I have been dining for more than 22 years now and till date, they have just maintained their awesomeness! One that I would highly recommend! Almost every year, these guys get nominated on Time Out Magazine under the category of Best Cheap Eats in Kuala Lumpur and I think, they truly deserve to win the award sometime! My best wishes goes out to the team for the excellent food and service!

Address: No. 154, Lorong Gombak Off Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 
                50100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 0700 - 1800 Daily (They are now open on Sunday's too)

Telephone: +6012 2055 037




  1. It's so nice that they still put potatoes in their gravies! and that cup of tea was definitely good!

    1. That's very true DeNiSe...I actually came across something funny earlier today in a very famous Indian restaurant in town and since the topic 'potato's' came up, suddenly I remembered that and would like to share with you. Was browsing through the menu and discovered that the price of six 'Fried Chicken Wings' was RM 6.00 and the price of six pieces of 'Potato Wedges' was also RM 6.00 . I just found it to be amusing and ended up wondering why the potato's were more expensive than the chicken...hilarious in a way....just a story that I wanted to share.... Sorry to deviate as I couldn't help myself....He he....

  2. Haha, that actually is very funny! I also cannot understand why the potatoes are more expensive, it just doesn't make any sense!