What’s for lunch today, ey? I was craving for some nasi lemak and since I live nearby, Village Park was the first thing that came to mind. Yup, it’s that famous restaurant known for the ‘sedap’ nasi lemak they offer.
I however didn’t do the usual thing during the MCO, which was to call them, place an order and later head over to pick it up. I was curious, considering it was always full-house whenever I visit .. I was curious to see how MCO was affecting them. So, I drove straight to the restaurant. The first thing I noticed was the insane number of Grab Food riders at the front. Seriously. It seemed like half of the riders in the area were ‘waiting’ here. Secondly, inside the restaurant, I also noticed a line of customers waiting, picking out items for their order. Based on these observations, I decided to head elsewhere for lunch. It was obvious that Village Park was still doing really well despite the MCO, good for them but I wasn’t really in the mood to wait around, share space and air with a group of people. Sure, there was social distancing and all but still, I wasn’t that comfortable. It’s individual preference, I suppose. So, I shifted my attention elsewhere but where???
As I was driving, just a few doors away from Village Park was Mamalee. I visited them years ago, back in 2017 and I recall liking the food, it was delicious -Penang Nyonya cuisine. Despite the delicious food, the reason for my lack of visit is perhaps due to me rarely being in the area in addition to the location of the eatery itself. Mamalee is located on the 1st floor rather than the easily visible Ground floor and so, unless you consciously remember Mamalee, you are bound to miss it and overlook its existence.
First thing I did was head on to their FB page, simply to check if they are open during the MCO – they are. As I was scrolling through the page, I saw this …
This is sad, really sad, especially so during the MCO period. Food here is good, delicious and what they are going through is rather undeserving. As soon as I saw this, it sealed the deal for me, I decided to have a Mamalee lunch. This is my area and Mamalee is a part of it, the least I could do is help in whatever way I can.
The ordering process was easy. I looked through their Menu, decided on the dishes I was interested in, called them, placed an order and paid $$$ when I picked up the food . I didn’t have to wait long, the dishes were ready for pickup within 15 minutes after my call.
Nasi Lemak Ayam Rendang, 10 ringgit + Kampung Fried Rice, 11 ringgit
I am happy to say that food still is as good as it was years ago. Finger lickin’ good. Most definitely good value for money. The Fried Rice cost me 11 ringgit but it can feed 2,3 people. The package it came in was filled right to the top. Portion size was generous. Not just the rice. The ‘ikan bilis’, kankung, cili padi, shrimps + chicken bits were more than anticipated. From the first spoon until the last, you’d get a nice mix of ingredients. Nasi Goreng Kampung has a distinct flavor and taste, right? The kind that you’d immediately know the type of Nasi Goreng it was upon tasting it?? Yup, that flavor was evident here. I’d definitely reorder this dish again. If you are a Kampung Fried Rice lover, you’d certainly enjoy Mamalees’ version.
The Nasi Lemak was delicious too. The portion size of the Ayam Rendang was generous. Mamalee gives you a whole leg piece, cut into three meaty chunks. For just 10 ringgit, you’d have to agree with me on the value for money part. Two pieces were boneless. All three chunks were meaty, tender and juicy. The meat + the rendang gravy could be a meal by itself, lol. When having it with the rest of the Nasi Lemak items – da’ bomb, yawwww. Yummmm!
Overall, Mamalee offered me a good value for money, yummy lunch. My tummy was well beyond satisfied. Burp! 😍😍
Address: 27M Jalan SS21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya. (Within the same row as Village Park and HSBC)
Opening hours: Everyday. 9 am – 6.30 pm.
Contact No.: 03 – 78903727
Signing out now, Ciao