This particular visit was personally unique to me because it was literally one of the few times in my life visiting a toddy shop. In case you dont know what toddy is – it is an alcoholic drink made out of palm trees, predominantly drank by the Indian community. If you are cool with beer, then you’d be cool with this as the alcohol percentage is similar.
Anyways, besides the toddy, what caught my attention was the banana leaf rice and wild boar varuval….. oooo yum!! I loveeeeee wild boar meat. So yea, that got me excited enough to drop by for a visit.
If you like visiting restaurants with the hidden element, a visit here would suit you. It is located in a house that is not as obvious if you do a drive by. This particular road is quiet. Besides a school (Alice Smith), Indian restaurant, a few houses, and a cemetery down the road, there is nothing else here.
They have both indoor and outdoor area here. Most of the crowd prefer sitting outside, it is a loud and boisterous environment if you visit during peak hours (after lunch hour onwards). If you prefer a quieter setting, sitting indoor is ideal. If you are looking for a fancy looking house, this wont be it. This house looks aged which I suppose is a part of the experience.
The toddy (Jojo Garden Cafe) and banana leaf rice (Bellamy Leaf Rice) are two different operators operating under one roof. During peak hours, you’d have to wait for about 15 minutes to place your order because they would be running about completing orders for other tables that arrived prior to you.
Toddy : Watermelon Toddy, RM20
The Watermelon toddy was the special flavor of the day. For newbies and starters, this would be a good choice. The distinct taste of toddy is slightly muted down from the sweetness of the watermelon. It is a good mix between sweet and bitterness.
As for the banana leaf rice, they do not have a menu. So, you’d have to converse with the guy who ends up taking you order.
Banana Leaf Rice, RM 6 + Wild Boar Varuval, RM20
The banana leaf rice cost RM 6 and it includes white rice, 1 vegetable (long beans), curry, papadum, acar and fried chili. You would not be getting a selection of 3,4 vegetables here, just one. At RM 6, I think that is fair. Food tasted like a home cooked meal. It tasted good.
At RM 20, the Wild Boar Varuval was sufficient for 2 people and it was flavorful. It tasted like chicken varuval with wild boar meat. My only issue with the dish was that there was quite a bit of fats used. Alot more fats than I am used to. Perhaps this is the way some people enjoy it but I like wild boar meat and not fats. So, if you guys do visit, do inform them if you have certain preferences.
Would I head back here? Most likely not. I am not a toddy drinker and this is not my usual crowd. Both the toddy and the banana leaf rice + wild boar varuval was pretty good and I am glad I experienced it but experincing it once is enough for me.
Address: 26, Jalan Kerayong, Off Jalan Bellamy, KL.
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs, 11 am – 6 pm. Fri – Sun, 11 am – 7 pm .
Closed on Tuesdays.
Signing out now, Ciao.