Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sri Nirvana - Bangsar

I was introduced to this place back in 2004, since then this place remains my top banana leaf restaurant. Roti Canai, Tosai and Mee Goreng are also served on banana leaf. The drinks are also worth mentioning, especially their Milo, which is pretty strong (‘kao’).

The standard banana leaf rice set of RM 5 gets you Basmati Rice, Fried Snake Gourd, Pickled Vegetables, Crispy Papadam, Cucumber Salad and Vegetable Salad and Curries of your choice like what you see here.
For additional orders, one may choose from a selection of fried chicken, fish, cuttlefish and many more. Selection is done from a top opening fridge located next to the payment counter. I usually go for Ikan Berus, a type of small fish much like the Belanaks, but slightly bigger in size. Deep fried, it’s extremely crunchy and its meat is really sweet. Just be careful of the bones. We had a pair of this, RM 10 for two fishes.
The fried chicken is much like a normal affair in any other banana leaf restaurants, but at RM 5, I find it expensive when you could easily get quarter of an Ayam Percik during the Ramadhan month for approximately RM 7.
The ‘resam’ is a must for me whenever banana leaf is concerned but here in Nirvana, the ‘resam’ is thicker and less oily than others but still packs the same taste and aroma. Only one complaint here, because it’s served in plastic containers, the ‘resam’ is not hot enough, while in many banana leaf restaurants, ‘resam’ is always served hot in stainless steel cups.
So, 2 sets of Banana Leaf Rice, 2 pieces of Ikan Berus, 1 piece of Fried Chicken, a glass each of Iced Lime (Limau Ais) and Sugarless Hot Lime (Limau Panas Kosong) cost us RM 22. One satisfying meal.

My tummy rating: 8.9/10

17 comments:

Kenny Mah said...

Ah, where would we be without our BLR (banana leaf rice), eh? I love the Fried Snake Gourd that it comes with, though this is the first time I hear of its "true" name...

Always thought it was fried bitter gourd finely sliced. Yummy... :D

mama bok said...

Good food. .and best prices..! can't get anything like that here.. :(

team bsg said...

that is certainky an Xcellent rating from the pro herself.
Got see the almost naked lady with the MS or not ?

Happy New Year !

Nic (KHKL) said...

had blr at sri paandi at brickfields last week...for RM10.10 per person, i think i had more dishes, including mutton, chicken and fish paste. tasted authentic too! happy new year to you!

wmw said...

Sorry to have missed you at the gathering...hope to see you soon! Happy New Year!

Fezzaboy said...

Happy New Year..... i'm in trouble.... seriously... my 36-inch pants cannot fit liao.....die.

Big Boys Oven said...

hahahahhaah that was a history for me...a 36inch pants... my now a secret.... come let us do more excercise!!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

banana leaf rice is such an addictive lunch past time..but hey at RM5 per person, thats alot! try brickfields, new lay sin..3.50 only haha..

celine said...

Banana leave rice, I just tried once in Passions Of Kerala. I like it very much...

yammylicious said...

=( i cant control myself out of thinking banana leaf!! sobz.. i wan more banana leaf!! SLURP!

Jason said...

OMG, really need to detox!?

MeiyeN said...

is this da one located few shops away from mdm. kwan's?

Fezzaboy said...

Yes, Mei Yen, it's along the same row of shops with Madam Kwan's... it's directly next to AmBank.

tirath said...

Sri Nirwana Maju
Address: 43, Jalan Telawi 3,
Bangsar Baru, 59100 KL.

I would like to say that the food there is so-so.. however, I had a very bad experience over there last friday whereby my friend and I were discriminated being Malaysians.. we went over for lunch, and as usual, it was crowded, especially outside, and we waited for a table as we were dying of hunger, as one of the tables opened in front of their neighbouring shop, which was occupied by some white foreigners was about to be cleared.. as soon as they were done, we had a seat there, and we were ignored for some time, and when we called to the waiter, he practically shooed us and told us he has to close the table, and when we refused to get up, he told us to speak to his boss.. so here comes the boss to prove how good the service there is.. us being hoteliers, customer service is a very important factor when dining, and nirwana maju proved not to have any.. an indian lady came over to our table, the so called boss, and she spoke to us in a very rude manner, a very harsh tone and with no courtesy, just telling us that to move away from that table, and they have to close it, and we don't understand how bad her neighbour is who won't let her open the table there.. I then asked her one simple question, if you are not allowed to do so, then why is the table here?? she kept on arguing, and claimed that the table was for a the previous guest, they requested for it, which was exactly what i was doing too.. so, we malaysians were discriminated clear cut.. ain't that bad? we thereafter told how of how rude she was and never to repeat the same with another customer, but she kept arguing.. she could've chosen a nicer manner to tell us, but she chose not to, with not a single apology after what we told her, very politely.. so, we have decided to boycot the restaurant despite the not-so-nice food, which we feel can be obtainable elsewhere, with excellent service to, unlike what we got there... as a conclusion, i would not suggest those who are particular with a good dining experience with good service to dine there, and i thought of it as necessary to share my experience with all my friends so that they won't face the same thing i did..

Latha said...

@tirath - too bad you got this kind o a treatment. We are going to boycott that too. Thanx for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I ordered a Rava tosai this morning.Sent it back as it tasted a bit off. The guy on duty came to ask me what's wrong and when I told him ,he said he tried it and it was " excellent!" and walked off. No apologies, infact I was made to feel as if it was my fault. Left me there in shock. For one thing I'm the paying customer. I've been going there for years and ordering the same thing so I know when something it off. So much for customer service. I'm not going there anymore.

tummythoz said...

WOW. Looks like this is not such a friendly place. Personally I've been there only once many moons ago. Fezzaboy, u've been there lately?

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