Sunday, March 6, 2016

Restoran Simon's Cafe

I have been wanting to come here like 3 thrice but failed each time. I later deduced that probably the owner closes on Sundays in order to go to church. Today is a Saturday and I came here to try my luck again and discovered I was half right because they are opened only after 5 pm every Sunday.

When I did a quick google check, I realized this is very famous and have been frequented event by journalist from The Star. (URL: )

It has even been operating in Taipan for the last 14 years! Now I learn how long and 'historical' Taipan is! I think the main feature that draws in a lot of regulars and enables it to face the stiff competition from so many other restaurants and food chains in Taipan are the reasonable price and of course tasty food! The cook also do not stinge on ingredients.

Since the Claypot Curry Fish Head  is the most famous dish here, I did not hesitate to order it in small portion for RM 35. At least the amount of ingredients did justice for the price tag compared to the Fish Head Curry in Jalan Puchong or in Bandar Puteri which charges the same price a few morsels of fish head parts, a lot of tofu pok and not many varieties of ingredients. The curry is also thicker than the other two mentioned and so full of flavour too. There were a lot of thinly cut eggplant, long beans, ladies' fingers and tofu pok that leaves me so satisfied. The special claypot retained the heat till the last morsel of rice was finished.

Sambal Petai with Prawns (RM 16) 

The sauce is so tasty, thick and flavoursome. This is way better than the petai in Melaka which was so oily comparatively. This is also not that spicy. There are many Petai to be seen together with prawns, onions and fresh tomatoes.

Melaka Cendol (RM 5) 

Is it over the limit if I say that this is by far, the best cendol in my life? Even beats the ones at Jonker 88 and any of those in Jonker Street or the supposedly famous cendol near Kelana Jaya LRT station and the cendol at Penang Road in Penang  or Penang Road Famous Teochew Cendol franchise everywhere ! I used to dislike cendol as I am not a big fan of santan or the frozen cendol they usually use. I also dislike overly sweet food. This one is just nice, and the cendol is fresh and soft, for the first time in my life!  The Gula Melaka are generously poured all over yet not overdone as it was not overly sweet.

Both of us could not finish these two dishes so we Tapao the petai as I planned to cook for dinner.

 At least now I know I need not travel 2 hours to Melaka and undergo traffic jam for the weekend food journey as the food here beats the Nyonya food I had in Melaka or my very own Penang!

(Call me Penang traitor if you like but I don't seriously care! After all, convenience matters!)

Address: Restoran Simon's,
4 Jalan USJ 10/1B,
Taipan, Subang Jaya.
Tel: 03-5636 7466
Business hours: Mondays to Saturdays
(noon to 2.30pm, 5.00pm to 10.30pm),
Sundays (5.00pm to 10.30pm),
closed on alternate Tuesdays).