It was quite sometime ago when I last visited this restaurant which specializes in authentic Nyonya cuisines that has been around since 1974. I used to come here with my ex-colleagues when I was working in PJ after getting our pay checks, savoring the good food and complaining about how tough it was at work. Fast forward today, I’ve totally forgotten about its existence until Cat ravished about this place she’d recently discover.
Currently run by the fourth owner, Nyonya Restaurant indeed withstood the test of time with the rapid changes of the surroundings and maintaining its mark as the longest-serving restaurant in the area.
The restaurant was given a facelift back in 2007 with more comfy furniture, lighting and flooring introduced.
Kueh Sri Muka, Kueh Talam, Onde Onde & Ang Koo Kueh @ RM 6.20 ~ One can choose from an assortment of traditional nyonya kueh arrayed at the counter. Since I don’t enjoy kueh, wifey commended only the onde onde which she found tasty.
Mengkuang Char (Ju Hu Char) @ 24.00 ~ An all time favorite in the Nyonya’s food staple. Crunchy sliced sweet turnips dished with gook wok hei which I rarely encounter. Did I bite into any toasted cuttlefish? I hardly felt any. Tasted good but a little pricey.
Beef Rendang @ RM 16.50 ~ Doesn’t look very appetizing but I certainly enjoyed this dish the most throughout. The chunks of beef were tender and the even though the gravy is filled with a layer of oil, it did not stop me from having spoonfuls of them on my rice! Awesome!
Sambal petai prawn @ RM 24.50 ~ Prawns were decently sized, crunchy but somehow there was a taste of alkaline in it. Not too spicy and the crunchy petais were good, only for those who can stand the peculiar smell.
Steamed bean curd @ RM 15.00 ~First of all, it’s the wrong sort of bean curd they sent and secondly, it tasted bland even with the fried onions as toppings. Gravy is like slurping down spoonful of oyster sauce directly from the bottle. This wasn’t in the menu and definitely not something they’re good at. We only ordered for the sake of the kids! Definitely a mistake.
Egg Fu Yong @ RM 16.00 ~ This wasn’t in the menu either, luckily this Nyonya style egg Fu Yong was flavorful and filled with good wok hei. Runny gravy which is unusual for this dish but certainly in a good way.
The overall dining experience was pleasant and cost us RM 221.10 inclusive of 10% svc charge (RM 20.10) and RM 19.50 for 13 plain white rice which translated to RM 1.50 per bowl and RM 5.00 for 2 additional plate of sambal belacan. I thought the rice was rather costly for its size and same goes to the sambal belacan. Food was commendable except for the bean curd and the assam koh prawn. MSG level was slightly on the higher side, just like the overall pricing. On another note, they are quite generous to offer affordable set lunch/dinner @ only RM 12.50+ that consists of 1 rice dish (beef/chicken), acar, soup and desert which I think is quite a steal. Call them to find out more!
- Nyonya Restaurant
- Address: 52, Jalan SS2 / 24,
- 47300 Petaling Jaya
- Tel: +603-7875 970
- Business Hours – 1130-1500/1800-2130 (Mon-Fri)
- 1130-1500/1800-2200 (Sat & Sun)
- Saturdays and Sundays
- Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Dinner: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- email: email@example.com
- GPS Coordinates
- N03°06.870 E101°37.274