Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Otak-Otak Place @ Tropicana City Mall, Petaling Jaya


I was glad when I found out that Otak-Otak Place is in Tropicana City Mall, their 3rd outlet to-date (1st being in 1Utama and 2nd in Giant, Kota Damansara). However, this outlet in Tropicana City Mall has a whole different look from the other two (the 1Utama outlet has already undergone some interior changes and I think so will the other outlet). I have to say that this is my favourite outlet and I'm not saying that just because it's only 5 minutes away from where I stay :o). I like the look of this place and food has also improved on this third "outing" of theirs.

Otak-Otak Place, Tropicana City Mall
Great new look! I like the old fashion gate at the side ...

Otak-Otak Place, Tropicana City Mall

Otak-Otak Place, Tropicana City Mall
On the inside, a fusion of old meets new style cafe - lots of memorabilia on display. Note the display rack that's on the ceiling. Yes, that's a real bicycle on top!- apart from the one displayed at the front of the place. Uhhh...I wonder if anyone really uses that metal cup to gargle since it's at the side of the sink....Hahaha....

Otak-Otak Place, Tropicana City Mall
Items for sale ... rekindling our childhood days!

I've been to Otak-Otak Place on many occasions and even met up with Jason and Motormouth (the two Ipoh guys, though Jason is now living in the next building to Tropicana City Mall) here. Click HERE to read Motormouth's post on his visit to Otak-Otak Place. We only had some snacks that night but here are some pics of other food that I've tried at this outlet .

Apart from the usual coffee and tea (which is quite good and comes served with a Hup Seng biscuit!), my favourite drink would be this Blackcurrant Longan (RM3.50). They also have ice blended drinks and the more unique ones would be the Tongkat Ali Ginseng Blended, Mocha Ginseng Blended and Haw Blended (blended drinks at RM5.90).

Look at that cute paper table mat that has this section that pops up ... one of the many cute things one can find in Otak-Otak Place. Even the menu is in the form of an exercise book (note the menu in the background)!

Otak-Otak Sticks
Ohhhh....of course what would I usually order from Otak-Otak Place? Otak-Otak, of course! This one here is my absolute favourite. At RM0.60/stick - (normally at RM1.10/stick, this is a promo that they are running here till end June) these grilled Otak-Otak Sticks are fantastic. It's comes hot off the grill and they are spicy! I love these Otak-Otak Sticks to bits!

One of the less spicy Otak-Otak version (Otak-Otak Place lives up to its name - the last time I did a count, there are actually 16 different varieties!), the Steamed Otak-Otak is yummy too. Take your pick from either Fish (RM3), Squid or Prawn (RM3.90).

I love most of the Otak-Otak variety here as I find that the mix of the fish paste together with the rest of spices (like shallots, chilli, turmeric amongst others) blend very well together with none overpowering the other.

Another fave Otak-Otak order of mine would be the Nasi Lemak Otak-Otak (RM7.90)! ...

It's served in a cute two-tiered tiffin carrier (which you can buy for RM15). Top tier contains a pan-fried Otak-Otak together with some sambal and peanuts and the bottom tier contains the nasi lemak together with some slices of cucumber and half of a hard boiled egg. I like the rice here, not too overly "lemak" but just nice. However, I find the sambal average.

And just when you think, what other Otak-Otak dish can there be... try this!

Otak-Otak Burger
Otak-Otak Burger (RM8.90) - This was a first time order for me. A little bit weird at first but I started to enjoy it more when it came to my third bite. I found this good value for money as the side dish of potato wedges itself were of almost impeccable quality (one can order Potato Wedges on its own - RM4.50)

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Then there is the Hainanese Chicken Rice (RM8.90). See how I was served my favourite part of the chicken? Hehehe...chicken breast meat!

The meat was nice and firm where as the rice was alright, not as authentic as I would like it to be. However, this dish comes with three sauces; ginger, chilli and black, plus points for making it complete!

Nasi Briyani Dam
A crowd favourite - Nasi Briyani Dam (RM12.90). I forgot to take a pic of the piece of chicken that was "unearthed" later as it came hidden beneath the rice. The rice was a bit dry but eating it with some dhal curry soon rectified it. The rice was flavourable and but the star of this dish is the "hidden" chicken. The chicken is so well marinated that it's absolutely bursting with flavours. I also like the cute way that it's served on a wooden chopping block!

Mee Bandung
The Mee Bandung Muar (RM7.90) is also favourite of many. Its gravy like soup has the right consistency. Looks like the kitchen is getting things done well and has improved :o)

Little Green Soldiers - I thought they had ceased to exist till I saw them here in Otak-Otak Place. I like coming to Otak-Otak Place as I'm transported back to my childhood days; the novelty of the food being served in tiffin carriers/claypots, the memorabilia that adorn the walls/cabinets ... in almost every nook and cranny. The food and the place here spell FUN!

Otak-Otak Place
Lot L1-58, 1st Floor (click HERE for location)
Tropicana City Mall
3, Jalan SS20/27
47400 Petaling Jaya

Tel :03-7728 0403

If it's not fun, you're not doing it right
-Bob Basso


Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

What a variety! Love otak-otak and will visit Tropicana City Mall for the first time too.

~Christine~Leng said...

wow...Otak-otak served in tiffin carrier! and Otak Otak burger! Very special! and those soldiers just bring back great memories..I had lots of those last time. ;P

SimpleGirl said...

great place for otak the deco as well

thenomadGourmand said...

we went last Sun, the fish head beehoon was quite bad..but perhaps we ordered the wrong stuffs ;)
muz go again for the ones u blogged abt..

ilene said...

Aiks, for a non-fish person but loves otak otak?! hmmm...

wmw said...
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wmw said...

Keats : Hmmm...yeah, check it out!

Christine : Uh huh, that's part of the charm of this place.

SimpleGirl : I love the memorabilia here ;o)

TheNomadGourmand : Hahaha...Fish Head BeeHoon is something I won't order as I don't like to eat fish ... which leads to my reply to ...

Ilene : Yeah, I don't like fish but I like otak-otak as it has all the spices (especially the spicy ones!).

rokh said...

and i have yet to even step into tropicana city mall..oh gosh

550ml jar of faith said...

Wow I am probably the biggest otak otak fan around... I should move right next door. Otak Otak Burger (with wedges!) sounds like the deal! OK, off to the mall I go!

JC @ Jessey said...

Cool! Otak Otak place now opening for their 3rd outlet? And I still haven't make my move to Otak Otak Place.. Argghh..

mimid3vils said...

Seem like the foods there is above average, must go n try!!!

UnkaLeong said...

The kitchen still needs a bit of improving ;) Will give the hidden chicken thingy a try the next time I am there :)

wmw said...

Rokh : Check the place out...still pretty quiet for now.

550ml Jar Of Faith : If you're a fan of Otak-Otak, then the otak-otak varieties here would delight you!

JC : Nice profile pic, you change it didn't you? Drop by the place and taste for yourself.

mimid3vils : I wouldn't say above average...the otak-otak varieties are good but the rest are okay and can be further improved.

UnkaLeong : As I told mimid3vils...the otak-otak stuff are good but the rest can be further improved.

J2Kfm said...

eh, i didnt see those green soldiers lah ... should've pried every corner, then arrange them for shooting. =P

good times, so where to bring me next ah? hehe ... tai ka jie!

jason said...

Shall drop by again to try their main course ;)

sc said...

i've walked pass all 3 branches many times.. but am guilty..have not tried it yet! hehehe

CUMI & CIKI said...

Jason lives so close ar.. Nxt time must gatecrash his plc already

Life for Beginners said...

I always love those tiffin carriers... thanks for introducing Prada and me to the one at 1U; now we know where to find another outlet! :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful write-up, great pics! I praise you, WMW!

New Kid on the Blog said...

my cousin bro told me about this place, and wanted me to try it out. apparently a very good remark on them. :)

backStreetGluttons said...

Lately Klang Valley has seen a rise in this type of clean looking modern Malaysian cafes in Malls and new areas and if they can control their quality well people will pay more rather than some drab looking hawker centres !

wmw said...

J2kfm : Kindly allocate more time for us if you wanna go to more places! Hahaha....

Jason : Bila? We go again...

SC : Try out this outlet!

Cumi & Ciki : Errr...check with him this coming Saturday???

LFB : Yah, I adore this outlet ;o)

JamesWong : Thanks for the compliments!

NKOTB : Oh, your cousin bro likes it too? What did he order?

BSG : Gasp...and where would that leave the BSG team??? :p