The bunch of us had a meeting to attend at Bandar Sri Damansara in the morning and by the time we were done, our tummies were all rumbling due to hunger. Since the area is one we were not familiar with, we got on Google to see what were our options, suggestions for list of good eateries to have a hearty brunch.
RINSE was at the top of that list and so, here we were, looking forward to filling our stomachs.
One thing was obvious – this cafe sure is a neighborhood, crowd favorite. People kept dropping in and as soon as it was lunch time, it got crowded. Sure, the cafe had a cheerful, vibrant vibe to it. It makes for a good place to hang out but I think the main appeal here is their food – the variety they offer, especially in regards to their rice bowls. They offer you about 15 options. However, If any of that combinations does not work for you, worry not – you can mix and match according to your preference and create your own bowls. How awesome is that?
Rice Bowl: Own Combo – Chicken Varuval + Garlic & Onion Fragrant Rice + Broccoli + Poached Egg + Roasted Pumpkin Soup, 24 ringgit
I have not come across any cafes offering chicken varuval rice bowl – have you? As soon as we saw its availability, we decided to give it a go. It was a good dish. The main star here is of course the varuval. It sure did look like it,the texture was right , the meat was tender and juicy and I liked the fact thatthey included some bones in it as oppose to giving us boneless chicken – a point for keeping it real. If there was one thing I could change, it would be the flavor – it needed more spice? Chicken Varuval is all about the taste, flavor and the thickness of the gravy which differentiates it from the regular curry. It usually is packed with spices, which was on the ‘lesser’ side here. They should up take it up a notch. Other than that, it was a good dish.
The Pumpkin Soup – da bomb. If you are a fan of this particular soup, the one served here is really good. Thick, flavorful, each mouthful had an abundance of pumpkin taste. I liked this dish a whole lot. Slurppp!
The Amazing Australian Lamb Rendang, 24 ringgit
You’d get the regular items that accompanies a Nasi Lemak – kacang, egg, sambal, cucumber, anchovies, rice but rather than with a side of chicken,you’d get lamb rendang, which is the main reason I ordered this dish. I was curious to see whether the combination worked. Did it? Yess, it did. The lamb had to be cooked to the right extent – the extent whereby the meat is tender, juicy and drops off the bone. Of course, cooking lamb is tricky, there are times where I’ve chewed on this particular meat for ages and still not be able to break it apart, which certainly wont work here. All the items in a Nasi Lemak are meant to be eaten together and with this kind of hard, chewy meat, that would be impossible. Good thing the lamb meat here was just right – the texture, the flavor, it was delicious. I truly enjoyed this dish.
Would I be back here?
Yes, I would. Food was good and I look forward to giving the other rice bowls a try.
Address: No. 15, Jalan Damar 15/1, Bandar Sri Damansara, Petaling Jaya
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 11 am – 10 pm.
Signing out now, Ciao