Sunday, October 05, 2008

Nambawan Cafe, Taman Sri Manja, PJ

When Bollywood Queen told me about Nambawan, the first impression I had was that it serves asian food. Nambawan just reminds me of someone who can't pronounce Number 1 properly, hence nambawan.
Very much deceived, Nambawan serves western food, at very reasonable prices.
A simple restaurant, Nambawan is akin to Papa Chops Mama Grill, but better quality.
What Bollywood Queen raved about the very cheap Cod main dish....
So we ordered..
It's called New Zealand Milk Cod
For RM8.90, I was rather impressed by the presentation. The side salad was very fresh and colourful, there were 2 slices of fish and the roast potatoes looks very appetizing. The balsamic lemon sauce whetted our appetite and I must say, this is quite tasty. The texture of the fish was rather coarse though, and was not as fatty as the usual cod. Hmmm, is this really a type of cod fish? I'm not sure.
I didn't know what to order and was recommended the Roast Pork Belly(RM12.90), a dish that's only available on weekends.. The serving was very generous, 3 big slices of roast pork, served with the same sides as the cod dish. The roast pork's colouring was lovely, still pink and moist. The crunchy pork skin was sprinkled all over the pork slices; eaten together with the roast pork and sauce, the combination was delicious. Oh, the roast potatoes were also very scrumptious, great to mop up the rather addictive gravy.
The Grilled Lamb with Butter mint sauce was served last (RM12.90)
The butter mint sauce was fragrant though it gets pretty oily when it's fully melted. The lamb's slightly overcooked, hence meat's on the tough side (though i do like the charred lamb fats on the sides :p).
Total bill was RM36.44. Sure was good value for decent western food.
Nambawan Cafe is located at No. 10, Jalan PJS 3/48, Manja Square, Taman Sri Manja, Batu 6 1/2, Off Jalan Kelang Lama, Petaling Jaya.

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Blogger Christy said...

RM8.90 for cod fish and it's in PJ???
You gotta be kidding me..
I mean, we usually pay like 5-6 times of that price for a single piece of cod fish which comes with pretty decoration and on a really big plate...but that's in those exclusive dining places.
Elsewhere, this is like a rare exotic specialty dish which can't be found in those western cafes which serve you affordable set lunches because dory fish always dominates the menu.

Too bad the flesh is coarse though, but I guess we can't set too high of an expectation when we are paying for something almost half the price.
Who knows, it may not really be cod fish and they're just putting the name there to get your attention and of course, your interest to order it....the things people would do to improve their business!
But then again, it did work since psychologically, you were curious after all that it's cod fish at this price, right?:D
And that's all that matters.....

05 October, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

christy: yup, definitely got my attention...but the NZ milk cod dont taste or felt like a normal cod..maybe it's not cod after all..

05 October, 2008  
Blogger JeromeFo 令狐冲 said...

The address of the place is funny
" Manja Square " and " Taman Sri
Manja " .... When i 1st saw the word of " Nambawan" , i thought the food is from Indonesian. xD
I wish i could try the Pork Belly*

06 October, 2008  
Blogger backstreetgluttons said...

Its so good that da Bollywood Queen loves no 1 , as she shud.

you then must be da Guangzhou princess

06 October, 2008  
Blogger J2Kfm said...

Nambawan? LOL. that's cute.
and agree that the prices are kept to a minimum. even by Ipoh's standards, the dishes are reasonable enough.

06 October, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

jerome: guess it's quite a manja place eh? the pork belly's decent, am sure you'll enjoy it :)

backstreetgluttons: bollywood queen is the dramatic one, so she wont settle for anything less than no 1..haha. me? guangzhou princess? :p

j2kfm: interesting name eh? i had my friend to repeat it when she first mentioned the name; i thought she mispronounced the name :) very reasonable pricing indeed.

06 October, 2008  
Blogger mimid3vils said...

The lamb seem like have more flesh, I hate lamb chop with too much of bone >.<

06 October, 2008  
Blogger YilingL said...

wow really cheap western food that looks good!

07 October, 2008  
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07 October, 2008  
Blogger Simon Seow said...

Not bad. The roast pork is not too fat too and reasonably priced.

07 October, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

mimid3vils: this was ok..not too much bones

yilingl: hi there! yes, very reasonably priced and tastes pretty good too. do pop by my site often! :)

simon: yup, i thot the same too :)

07 October, 2008  
Anonymous jason said...

Bollywood Queen sure know how to find good food in the furthest corner of PJ (where is that place btw??)

08 October, 2008  
Blogger thenomadGourmand said...

got to try tis plc soooonn!!

22 March, 2010  
Blogger Liaison Committee said...

Roast Pork is now RM13.90 and there is a 5% service charge. What a wait for a not so hot food. The chips were hot but not the meat.

10 July, 2010  

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