The very last time I set foot into aunty Nat was like some 10 years ago. They were operating at Lorong Yap Kwan Seng then, their maiden outlet if my memory served me correctly. I loved the deco at the old bungalow. It was comfortable that I felt so much at home that I became a regular until they moved out. I knew they relocated and where the new place was but I just did not bother to drag myself into the new outlet. Not that their food was forgettable but I just didn’t know why..?? beyond explanation.. It happens! Anyway, when Cat suggested this place for dinner last weekend, I jumped at the opportunity to revisit old haunts. So, here we are, back after a long hiatus…
Located at the Mid Valley Boulevard, accessing this restaurant can be tricky. One needed to get the security personnel to unlock the glass door (at the side entrance of Beyond Beauty) where a lift will send you to 1st floor where aunty Nat was.
aunty Nat catered to almost all the dialect groups found in Malaysia. Peranakan cuisine combined Chinese, Malay and other influences into a unique blend. From Kiam Hu Curry and Steamed Chicken in Chinese Herbs and Wine to Fried Kuey Teow with Gravy and Spicy Petai Fried Rice, one may enjoy a variety of favourite dishes at this cosy restaurant.
The smoking section (non air-condition) gave an impression of a high class restaurant with its expensive vintage interior decoration. Old-fashioned photos adorned the walls, exquisite wooden furniture, old rare antiques (from ceiling fans to pendant lamps and even the mosaics on the floor). A lot of thought must have been put into designing such an interesting concept that has a combination of both traditional and contemporary style.
Jiu Hu Char/申光炒吊片 @ RM 15.00 ~ We started our meal with this cute sounding dish called Jiu Hu Char. The flavours are down-to-earth and uncomplicated. It is good food down to the simplest elements with very little seasoning added, allowing the natural sweetness of the yambean/bangkuang used to shine through. And of course, the most important element in this dish, the shredded dried cuttlefish which lends much of its umami goodness, making this dish an all time favorite. Traditionally enjoyed with Chinese lettuce as a wrap accompanied by sambal belacan.
Kangkong Belacan/马来风光 @ RM 12.00 ~ Taste was ok but a little too wet for my liking.
Sambal Belacan ~ Spicy, full of belacan flavor and yet not being too overwhelming. Just nice and seriously addictive! Best of all, it’s free!
Sambal Petai Sotong/苏冬三峇臭豆 @ RM 18.00 ~ This is always our must-order-dish. The squids were perfectly cooked while the petai retained its crunchiness. The sambal had a consistent flavor with the level of spiciness nicely concentrated and absorbed into the chopped onions and squids.
Tender Beef Brisket and Tendon/五香焖牛肉 @ RM 20.00 ~ Succulent beef brisket, beef tendon, carrots and daikons braised to perfection, drawing in all the flavours from the condiments and spices added. Nothing out of this world I must say but good enough to hook up with a bowl of rice.
Nyonya Assam Prawn/娘惹亞參虾 @ RM 50.00 ~ The taste was good and not overly sour or spicy but the prawns, being the main ingredient were simply not fresh. The soggy flesh and the many detached prawn heads were apparent. It just did not have the sweet seafood taste you would have expected. And with that price tag, it gave me a heartache.
Turmeric Fried Chicken/黄姜炸鸡 @ RM 18.00/4pcs ~ The fried chicken was perfectly fried, well marinated and like you’re having it straight out of the fryer, steamy hot, tender, juicy and definitely very delicious. The skin was crispy and wrapped with flavor from the different types of spices used in the marinating process.
The 1st round wasn’t enough for us so we re-ordered the same dish. Unlike the previous serving, the fried chicken came a little raw with blood oozing out as we sank our teeth onto it. Even the cuts of the chicken were not in my favor as it differed from the previous ones. I noticed one piece being extremely small and for the price of RM 4.50, I felt shortchanged!
Nice touch.. Wonder if they still work?
Non-smoking section (air-conditioned)
This 50+ year priceless green beast which is still working greets you at the entrance to aunty Nat..
The meal for five came to RM183.60 inclusive of drinks, rice and svc charge. (cincau @ 3.50/chinese tea @ 1.50/plain water @ 0.40/rice 1.50/ svc chrg 15.85 )
Most of the dishes come in 2 sizes; Regualr and Large. Our orders were regular but it was sufficient for the five of us.
All in all, a place that I will not hesitate to recommend (even though some of the dishes fell short of expectation), but I honestly feel that there’s plenty of room for improvement. So, if you’re feeling hungry after a good day shopping and hankering for a a fusion restaurant filled with nostalgia and not minding paying a little extra, aunty Nat is the place!
- aunty Nat
- No. 5-1, Mid Valley Boulevard
- 59200 Kuala Lumpur.
- Tel – 603-2284 5339
- Business hours – 1100-1500/lunch – 1700-2200/dinner
- Closed – Sundays
- GPS Coordinates
- N03°06.977 E101°40.524