Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bora Asmara @ Kampung Sg Penchala Kuala Lumpur

When our fabulous dance teacher announced that she wanted to give us girls a treat and at the same time celebrate JC's birthday, we looked forward to the outing. However, when I found out that she had wanted to take us to the Balinese themed Bora Asmara, I wasn't that excited - Bora Asmara had been getting quite a number of negative reviews. That was the reason why some of us floggers never paid the place a visit. However, I told myself that I shall not bother much about the food but rather enjoy the gathering with a bunch of people whose company I enjoy and will still enjoy where ever we may be.

After travelling there convoy style (to ensure we don't get lost), we arrived at Bora Asmara and we were greeted as soon as we walked through the doors. Having made reservations earlier for the 14 of us, we were ushered into an indoor section (which seemed more private than another indoor building nearby) and luckily for us, we had the whole place to ourselves! Of course there is a large outdoor area (gazebo) for people to dine and chill under the stars. We were rather impressed at the lovely setting (all the while still bracing myself for the food experience that was about to come).

Bora Asrama Kampung Sg Penchala




Taking all 14 of our orders (ordering ala carte) would have been a nightmare for some but this particular middle age service crew was an absolute pro. He was humorous and believe it or not, he could remember what we ordered without jotting anything down. We didn't believe it till he recited back our orders including 14 of our drinks (down to the usual ... less chili, more vegetables, less oil, less sugar, less ice "mah-fan" aka troublesome requests, hahaha...) with a big smile! Not much comment from me on the food as I only tasted some of the other dishes. So now...on with the food pics of what some of us ate.

We ordered Top Hats (RM15.90 for 1/2 dozen) for starters. These were nice but at more than RM2.50 a pop - it's not nice enough for me to order it again.




Nasi Lemak Nyonya
My Nasi Lemak Nyonya (RM19.90), served with a piece of pandan chicken, prawn sambal, beef rendang and nyonya acar. Despite having all these on the plate, not one thing was outstanding, average tasting fare.

Ayam Bakar
The Ayam Bakar Warung Pudjok Candidasa (RM19.90) was a grilled whole chicken leg with spicy bumbu. My friend said that it was quite good. I tasted a bit and the chicken was moist and tender while having crisp skin. I would say I agree with my friend.


Thai Sea Bass
Thai Sea Bass (RM33.90) - served on grilled pumpkin with spicy Thai sauce.

Phat Thai
I tried some of their Phat Thai- RM18.90 (that's how they spell it on the menu) and I found it rather tasty. Not too sickly sweet like some Pad Thais I've eaten, this was just right. Mixed it up with the chili flakes for an extra kick! Something I wont' mind ordering again should I be back
here.

Grilled Caribbean Chicken
My friend found this Caribbean Chicken (RM29.90) that was served with chunky mango salsa okay and would have preferred more spice and less sweet.

Mak Bonda Special
Mak Bonda Special (RM19.90) didn't really have anything special about it. It's tenggiri fish fried rice served with fresh kampung ulam according to "mom's recipe". Sorry "mom", don't mean any disrespect but "WHERE'S THE FISH?"...

Bali Spicy Fish
Bali Dancing Fish was a sight to behold ... but despite its looks, it was not as crispy crunch as my friend thought it would be. A disappointment for her....


Overall experience : Not as bad as what I have read earlier in other blog reviews in terms of food and service. Some food are rather good while some are mediocre (less hits more misses though) but none that taste bad. So, ordering is more like a shot at the roulette table :o). There's also a five piece band which went around the restaurant, entertaining the patrons - they thoroughly did entertain us. It was a fun night for us all especially for JC who celebrated her birthday here (she's usually traveling out of the country) with a bunch of fun loving, dance crazy and food loving people! Thanks Teacher for a great night out! I don't mind coming back here to chill if one is looking for a nice ambiance amidst a busy part of town. Oh well, there's also Subak...(that will be in a different post!).


Read Very Sedap's review on the Not Sedap experience at Bora Asrama
& what Danny wrote on his sedap experience here.


Bora Asmara
Lot 2933 Kampung Sungai Penchala
Jalan Damansara
60000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-77260964
Directions (taken from Star article) : On the Pencala Link from Damanara Perdana, head towards Mont Kiara. Turn left to Sungai Pencala before you reach the Pencala tunnel. Turn left at traffic lights and go straight. The restaurant is on the left.

Ordering food at times is like having a go at the roulette table:you win some, you loss some - WMW





24 comments:

Sugar Bean said...

I don't know after looking at the photos, the food looks really delicious! And the ambience too. But sometimes looks can be deceiving...

But still, if I have the chance, would try it out! :)

Cynthia said...

A hit and miss and sometimes not miss... isn't it always disappointing when the look of the food offers so much but delivers little.

I went to a Moroccan restaurant here in Seattle this past weekend and except for the tea at the end of my meal and the experience (ambiance, setting etc) my meal was forgettable. I was disappointed.

ilene said...

Most importantly is, you enjoyed the time spent in good company, just like how I've enjoyed your company at dinners.

CUMI & CIKI said...

bali dancing fish! i like!

CUMI & CIKI said...

bali dancing fish! i like!

jason said...

It sorta reminds me of Naili's at Sentul but more comfortable.

Life for Beginners said...

I guess this is why we have to take everything we hear with a pinch of salt... From your review, it sounds like they were mostly right but not that bad lah... Every place deserves a second chance, or even a first chance! :)

New Kid on the Blog said...

from the look/pics, the food looks delicious.
but at least we can't find such food or deco in penang la!

mimid3vils said...

Ambiance score 100% but the food so so only eh..

J2Kfm said...

the name alone warrants attention!
hahaha..
one glance and i tot Bara Asmara pulak. naughty ....

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Kudos to the waiter! Getting all 14 orders right. Very attentive.

550ml jar of faith said...

Totally depends who you're with... in all fairness, food doesn't look or sound half bad, but this is a stop for the companied!

thenomadGourmand said...

hehe..the owner told one of my fren who went lat mth.. "you come here for the ambience, not the food!" LOL!

wmw said...

Sugar Bean : Try it out for your own verdict.

Cynthia : Yeah, and end up eating more when we go and satisfy ourselves at a 2nd venue! Hahaha....

Ilene : Awwww...Thanks!

Cumi & Ciki : But not crunchy wor...

Jason : You had wanted to visit Bora Asmara a while back hor?

LFB : Ahh...Just like love! :p

NKOTB : Come here and try!

sc said...

you're right, i heard so much about the below average food that i never thought of going. maybe for the ambiance i guess? and where exactly is it ya? somehow i could never figure out the way.. anywhere near subak?

Pete said...

The place has nice setting and the food presentation is nice. Good for a relaxing evening eating out!

wmw said...

mimid3vils : Well, ambiance score more points for sure!

J2Kfm : Hmmm....didn't know that was in you...Bara, huh? ;p

Keats : Yeah, amazing :o)

550 ml jar of faith : INDEED!

thenomadGourmand : Guess there's no use denying, even their own staff says so! Hahaha....

SC : Yes, it's near Subak...instead of turning right at the traffic lights to Subak, head straight on....

Pete : Go there with great company and you'll be okay ;o)

anamarzuki said...

Hey, do we need to make a reservation before goin there?? The food looks nice in d pics,...hurm =>

wmw said...

anamarzuki : You can try calling the number at the bottom of my post to check. The other place nearby to Bora that you should check out is Subak. http://ugwug.blogspot.com/2009/06/subak-bukit-lanjan-kuala-lumpur.html

Bravo said...

Which is better? Subak or Bora Asmara? In terms of ambience & food too. I'm planning to bring my wife for our anniversary dinner.

wmw said...

Bravo : Do check out my post on Subak...with verdict :o)
http://ugwug.blogspot.com/2009/06/subak-bukit-lanjan-kuala-lumpur.html

Rahimawati said...

Restaurant is suck service like hell

wmw said...

Rahimawati:I prefer Subak, have you been there?

Anonymous said...

Bora Asmara..one of the most satisfied place i ever been.... My 1st wedding anniversary celebrate here, the food is delicious with very compatible price...friendly and helpful staff make my preparation for this event successful... most of my friend wondering this place, we will go there again....thank you for your good service....