Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sate Kajang Haji Samuri @ Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya

This restaurant or chain of restaurants as it is today needs no introduction at all. It has been in Malaysia for many years now and has made it's name in the Sate business. Sate Kajang Hj. Samuri started off it's business in Kajang, Selangor and today has branches throughout the country and specifically having small outlets in most highway rest areas. Today, this entry is about my visit to one of their outlets which is located in Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya.

The Restaurant In Damansara Utama

Prices Of Sate

Prices Of Sate
This outlet is one of the first outlets to be opened in Kuala Lumpur. The restaurant occupies both the Ground and First floors. We were here around 8 pm and the place was packed. In fact many were waiting in line for a table which sometimes could take up to an hour before a table is allocated. One thing that not many people know is that the dining hall on the first floor is most often empty as not many are aware that there is more seating area there. So we decided to head up once we had placed the orders. 

Previously, they used to come up to your table and take the orders but nowadays, as their business has grown, they have made the ordering process self service. One would need to queue up at the counter, place the orders, pay for them and then collect the Peanut Sauce and Nasi Impit back to your table. Besides the usual Chicken and Beef Sate, they also offer Rabbit, Fish (Tilapia), Mutton, Beef Tripe and Chicken Liver & Gizzard Sate. Previously there used to be Venison and Ostrich sate's too but that has been removed from the menu. Besides Sate, they have also included a number of local dishes to the menu as well. Well come to think about it, there isn't much of a service here. Most if not all of their staffs are Indonesians and they are here just to do their job and there isn't much fraternising with customers or the personalised service element that one would expect in any restaurant. Its plain simple trade and nothing more.

Sirap Bandung @ RM 2.10

Nasi Impit @ RM 1.80
Sirap Bandung was very well prepared and it had a decent and acceptable amount of ice in it. Some restaurants would fill the glass with two thirds ice and the remainder would be the drink but that was not the case here. This drink deserves a rating of 8/10. This is another side dish that is quite common when having Sate. It is compressed rice and in Malay known as Nasi Impit. There is also some cucumber  and onion slices here. These are also dipped into the peanut sauce and eaten along with the Sate. I find their Nasi Impit slightly dry. My rating for this would simply be 7/10 .

Peanut Sauce

Chilli Flakes
One of the many reasons this sate place is famous is solely because of their Peanut Sauce. It also comes with some Chilly Flakes which you would add to your helping of the peanut dip sauce to your preferred taste. Here, the Peanut Sauce is a little sweet, not too thick and comes with finely ground peanuts.  I would rate their Peanut Sauce at 9/10 .

Chicken Sate @ RM 0.98 & Mutton Sate @ RM 1.60 each
It was a long wait as it took them almost 30 minutes before the Sate's arrived. We ordered some Chicken Sate's and two Mutton Sate's, just to try them out.I find their Mutton Sate to be a tad too stiff and to some extent tasteless. On the other hand, their Chicken Sate's  were nice, though not the best that I have eaten and I am very sure that many would be able to vouch for this. I think it is the brand name that sells itself now more than the quality of the Sate's. The Sate's have definitely shrunk in size over the years but the taste has been consistent. I would rate their Chicken Sate's at 8/10 and Mutton Sate's at 6/10 .

In a nutshell, what is still good here is the Peanut Sauce and in my opinion, that is the key selling product and not the Sate itself. The second selling point here is the variety of sate's available here that is not available elsewhere. Though there are many other places that serve better Chicken and Mutton sate, people still do come here for the above two reasons. Another reason that this brand still sells well is their geographical spread. They have stalls and restaurants established almost everywhere in  the Klang Valley thus making it easy for customers to reach them. These advantages are definitely helping them in maintaining their status quo of being Malaysia's No.1 Sate outlet. 

Address: No. 79 & 79M, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Business Hours: 1100 - 0000 Daily

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