If there's one thing I've learnt over the years when it comes to dining out, it's to not let position or decor of a restaurant put you off eating there. For example, one of our fave takeaway restaurants local to us is incredibly basic (you can eat there, but it's not somewhere you'd go for a special meal), but the food is fantastic.
Kuali - although fairly basic with its decor - is definitely dine-in quality. It is situated on the 1st floor of an arcade, right next to a gym. (Handy. You could eat then go work it all off.) So, it's location may not necessarily appeal straight off to some. However, out of all the restaurants I visited through the MKA experience, it was probably the most consistent when it came to quality of food and service.
Here's what we had:
Kajung Chicken Satay - $11 for 5
Although the satays were small compared to others I've had, they were really tasty. A great size for kids especially, but also for adults not wanting to overload themselves with the starters.
Roti Chanai - $3.50 per serve
Right up there with some of the best Roti I've had. Tasty and light.
Beef Rendang - $20
Although the flavour was good, I found the beef was a little dry. I'd give it another go though.
Hainanese Chicken - $18.50
Although this dish is of Chinese origin, it's commonly served in Malaysia. The chicken is delicately poached. To be honest, it isn't the prettiest to look at (and one of my friends couldn't bring herself to try it!), but it's actually really yummy. Very tender with delicate flavours. Nom.
Whole Snapper - $40 (Special)
Perfectly cooked fish that lifted beautifully off the bone. The flavours were subtle - not overpowering the fish. Delicious.
Kapitan Prawns - $28
This was one of the better prawn dishes I've had during my MKA experience. Creamy and SO flavoursome. I'd highly recommend this dish.
Salt & Pepper Squid - $20
I love me a bit of salt & pepper squid, and Kuali's version did not disappoint. SO tasty.
Penang Char Kuey Teow - $15
To be honest, I probably wouldn't have chosen this dish myself. I hardly ever order noodles for some reason, even though I like them. My friend Liz chose this and it was really, really tasty. The next day, I kept thinking about it and craving it. I'll have to head back for some lunch some day and order this. Fabulous. *My fave dish of the night.
All the food was enjoyed with a little of this:
Kuali recently won the Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence 2011 - Asian Restaurant. Well deserved.
Once again, we were the last to leave. I blame Jen. It's SO obviously her influence. ;) (Thanks for your pics, Jen!)
I give it: 4 out of 5
I've really enjoyed doing my reviews for MKA. I'm so glad I've discovered some great Malaysian restaurants. Be sure to check some out yourself! (Check out the Malaysia Kitchen Insiders Facebook page for all the latest Malaysian food news!)