Uncle Mani’s is a new Indian restaurant in Bukit Rimau, just a little over 2 weeks old. I knew nothing of it until a week ago. A mutual friend of ours has been consistently promoting this eatery on Facebook, actively sharing postings and tags. I think I came across it sooo many times that eventually, it stuck. The power of advertisements, ey? Since we had 3 hours to spare for lunch today and was in the mood for some Indian food, we figured why not take a drive to this side of town and give Uncle Mani’s a try.
The eatery was nice and clean,vibrant. The radio was belting out popular 90’s Tamil movie hits songs which kindda set the mood for a more wholesome experience. We arrived around noon and the lunch crowd was just picking up. So, we took our own sweet time deciding where to sit.
Customer service was good. They immediately attended to us. You basically just have to sit down and they will serve you the banana leaf rice. We didn’t know what the protocol was and so, we decided on our table, dumped our stuffs and headed straight to the back where the ‘meat’ section was, to pick our meat of choice. You do not have to do that though – they will bring all the meat to you, stacked nicely on a tray and you can pick the ones that interest you from where you are seated.
Banana Leaf Rice,7.90 + Chicken Varuval, 6 ringgit + Chicken Parathal, 6 ringgit.
Food was good. I especially love their vegetable spread for today. It is not often that you’d get fried bitter gourd and four angle beans as part of the deal besides the regulars: cabbage and spinach. You can bet I requested for extras. Hell yesss!!
Both the Chicken Varuval and Parathal was yummy. When we first got a serving of each, we mutually agreed that the serving size here was definitely smaller than the other indian restaurants but as soon as we realized that each serving was 6 ringgit – it made sense. It certainly was cheaper than average and so, the small serving size was understanable. Between the two, I liked the parathal better but only because I almost always tend to gravitate towards the dryer version. Tastewise, both were good. The meat was juicy and tender, with a good mix of spices.
If I had one thing to complain about, that would be the curry. I like curry to be thick and packed with spices, which wasn’t the case here. The chicken curry especially was too watery for me. You’d still b able to tell that it was chicken curry upon tasting but yea, it was watery. If they could fix this, perhaps meeting on a middle ground whereby it isn’t too thick and too watery – it would be great.
Will I be back here ? I would love to but perhaps not as often as I would like. From where I was – Bangsar South, it took me a good 30 minutes to get to Uncle Mani’s. So, it is highly likely that I’d stick to eateries closer by, to indulge in some good banana leaf rice. However, if any of you guys are from Subang Jaya and surrounding areas, Uncle Mani’s is just about 15 minutes way 😊
Address: No. 26, Ground Floor, Jalan Sungai Burung Y 32/Y, Bukit Rimau, Shah Alam.
Opening hours: Everyday. 7.30 am – 10 pm. (Closed on 5/02/20 for restaurant cleaning)
Signing out now, Ciao