Friday, June 19, 2009

Subak @ Bukit Lanjan, Kuala Lumpur

As I was saying in my previous post on Bora Asmara, "I don't mind coming back here (Bora Asrama) 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!)".

Well, I'll do just that...let's see what Subak has to offer! Subak is a turn off to the right at the traffic lights where if one goes straight and under the flyover, one would head towards Bora Asrama. I arrived at Subak with Moo & Buddy at around 7.30 and looks like I had almost lost whatever little sunlight I had by that time. So, photo taking was a bit tricky and some shots are a bit blur, thank goodness I had a little bit of help from the lighting there.

Subak @ Bukit Lanjan

The staff here is attentive and friendly, ushering us along to the inner part of the restaurant. I noticed that it isn't as big as Bora Asmara, having lesser tables but the ambiance here is nicer though. I'm not sure whether it was that dark that I had missed a page but I found the Asian & Western menu line up less extensive as Bora Asmara. For drinks, we ordered smoothies which I didn't take a pic of but the mango and mix berries smoothies we had were refreshingly nice but I would have preferred it to be a bit thicker.

Having read up on several blogs earlier, I ordered my favourite soto, "Pak Ajelan's Balinese Style Chicken Soto" (RM10/USD2.80). I wasn't that hungry and longed for some soupy stuff as I was also a little under the weather. I absolutely loved the soto - compressed rice, vegetables, shredded chicken with a lovely begedil (potato cutlets) in thick chicken consomme that packs a punch. A tad salty for my friends who just tasted the soup on its own though. Eat and drink this wonderful little bowl up (yes, finish the spicy soy-chilli too!). Lip smacking goodness....

Subak @ Bukit Lanjan

We also ordered "Ibu Yati's Gado-Gado" (RM10/USD2.80) - vegetable salad in a crispy popiah skin bowl. The "bumbu" peanut sauce that came with it was rich and aromatic. However, it's a small portion, too little even if one were to have this starter, let alone for the three of us! Hmmm...seems they haven't decided how to present this dish as it looks different from each of the blogs that I saw (unless the food bloggers rearranged it, hehehe..) but one thing we all agreed on was that it was delicious!

Subak @ Bukit Lanjan
As we waited (food was served promptly), we enjoyed looking around the surroundings.

Curry Mee with Fresh Water Prawn
Moo's Curry Mee with Fresh Water Prawn (RM18/USD5) came and looked absolutely gorgeous with two halves of a fresh water prawn resting on top of the noodles. The soup was again rich and aromatic.

Pan Fried Medallion Cod Fish & Butterflied Prawn
Buddy's Pan Fried Medallion Cod Fish with Butterflied Prawn (RM45/USD12.70) was delightful to look at too. Stacked on top a little heap of sliced baby potatoes. Buddy said the cod was fresh and that it was nice but could be better. Maybe because there was no wine to go with the cod??? :o)

Subak @ Bukit Lanjan

Here's how Bora Asmara and Subak stack up against each other, I've pick the winner in each category which would help me crown the overall winner. This is solely my own opinion and may vary for other individuals.

Capacity - Bora Asmara
Food - Subak
Service - Subak
Ambiance - Subak
Entertainment - Bora Asmara

Winner - Subak (for winning 3 out of 5)

Read Sean's visit HERE (daylight photos!)
SC and Boo_licious dropped by too!
Check out Subak's website for map and directions

Lot 3213 Jalan Penchala Indah
Bukit Lanjan
60000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel : 03-7729 3030/31
Mondays - Sundays (incl. Public Holidays)
11 am till 12 midnight +

One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.
~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story


sc said...

you're right about the gado's always arrange differently everytime i order it. and the ingredients were also inconsistent. nonehtheless, i still love it though :) and also the soto! hehehe

Life for Beginners said...

I'll give it a win based on ambiance alone! So nice... :)

New Kid on the Blog said...

ai yo, this place is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

PureGlutton said...

Luv the cosy lush tropical ambience! Good place to bring visitors.

foodbin said...

food looks delicious and presentable.

babe_kl said...

lovely! food and ambiance!

jason said...

Would like to go on day time. You know la, my cam doesnt work well in dark :)

ilene said...

Next day take me there ok?

J2Kfm said...

ambience's good. the setting's almost unlike typical M'sian's restaurant.

catchy name though. what does Subak mean?

thenomadGourmand said...

yes, definitely looks like its worth a visit!

Hazza said...

When you mentioned "asmara" I thought you were going to a budget place! These dishes couldnt have been any more extravagant!

ai wei said...

wow oh wow!
this place is sooooo pretty!!!

i tot it is somewhere in bali or any island. but in kl?!?!


wmw said...

sc : I guess how it's arranged depends on their mood?

LFB : Going there ;o)?

NKOTB : Comelah...visit KL!

PureGlutton : Yeah, it is...put on some mosquito repellent for good measure...hahaha...

Foodbin: Yeah, but best is the ambiance.

Babe_KL : You checked out the place yet?

Jason : Go on weekends I guess...

CUMI & CIKI said...

i know i keep saying this but.. no time.. no time.. next place on my list Subak!

wmw said...

Ilene : Hope I still remember the way!

J2Kfm : Interesting ... googled it. You try ... ;o)

thenomadGourmand : Oh yes...the ambiance is worth the visit alone.

Hazza : I think you got asmara mixed up with asrama???

ai wei : Maybe come here when Christine and Chris gets back? ;o)

Cumi & Ciki : Yes...I agree, not enough time!