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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Food: Subak @ Bukit Lanjan, Kuala Lumpur

It was a while ago that we saw a group discount deal for Subak. Back then we were in full discount-voucher-grabbing mode, which caused us to buy a lot of vouchers that we either used at the last minute / forfeited because we didn't go! Thankfully we made it to Subak in time. =D

Back when it first opened, Subak was billed as the restaurant tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the  city, and yet not further than a 15 minute drive from nearby residences. These days Subak is hardly sitting on the edge of the city anymore, and I don't see the peace and tranquility lasting for many more months. 

But for now, Subak still offers the best one-with-nature dining experience that's closest to home! 

Instead of clearing the greenery to make way for a restaurant, Subak feels more like a restaurant built Around the greenery! With even a little pond and a wooden bridge, it definitely brings out the kampung feel. =)

Subak's food is meant to be Indonesian-inspired, but there are also western and local dishes on offer. The discount voucher we bought entitled us to a "tantalising Seafood Platter of Fish Fillet, Black Mussels & White Prawns served with poached eggs, sweet mashed potatoes and garden vegetables with cream dill sauce"

As with all deals we buy, we had no clue what to expect. We had a suspicion it wouldn't be a large portion, but we were shocked to see the tiny portion that came out! Our understanding with group discounts is that it is a discount of a regular item in the menu; the % of discount is meant to show the amount of savings had we bought at original price. With Subak's deal this was difficult, because although we spotted a similar platter on the menu (the Combination of Seafood Platter Scallops, Salmon & King Prawns, RM 85), the waiter said our deal was "not on the menu, but is a mixture of a few things".

And we both hoped for Subak's sake it wasn't on the menu, because if we were made to pay anywhere close to RM85++ for what you see in the picture above, they would definitely have taken an arm and a leg!(In fact, we probably wouldn't even pay RM 45 for this small portion off a normal priced menu, which was how much the deal cost). To be fair, the scallops were fresh and the cream sauce was tasty. But to label this a deal meant for 2 to share was really ridiculous. It was not a good start to the night. 

Thankfully we went to Subak expecting to order more dishes and not rely on just the platter. Wendy went for Ala Subak Nasi Goreng with Chicken Satay (RM 25). There were 2 sticks of satay which were grilled very well. A shame there wasn't more to for us to savor. The rice was also fried well and had plenty of flavour, but it ranks quite high on my spicy scale. Eating the slightly runny fried egg with the rice resulted in yummy tastes! An interesting addition was cooked pickled longan as a condiment, something not always seen.

I decided to go for Rendang Serai Daging Tulang Rawan (RM 35) - home-styled beef ribs stew served with steamed with rice and sauteed vegetables. The vegetables, though not a big portion, were very tasty, thanks to a good mix of butter and garlic. I enjoy broccoli, but I really loved this! 

Sadly, I couldn't say the same for the rendang. Although the flavour was indeed excellent, it was all for naught no thanks to the meat that was tougher than rock! Seriously it was near impossible to slice through, and even if I could I still gave my jaw a good workout chewing and chewing through the chewy meat. It was really a shame because the rendang sauce was so good, I wish I could have packed it home and mixed it with some rendang bought from some mamak nearby..heh.  

To wash down the food, we had an Ice Lemon Tea that we were told was part of the deal voucher (but not stated in the deal), and a Raspberry Bandung with Roses Flavour (RM 8).

So to sum up, the ambience in Subak definitely has a certain charm that can't be found in many other places in town. It's definitely a place to bring friends / special friend if you want to impress. Food-wise though there was much to be desired; we hope they do improve though, because it would be a real shame to see a place like this fall into disregard.

But for MyDeal, the one who sold the offer, this is strike number 2 after our experience at Aura Cafe (of which my complaint to MyDeal has gone unreplied for a few weeks)! Readers, please do be careful and read reviews on food places before buying. It's the best advice that we can give. =)

Subak | Site
Lot 3213, Jalan Penchala Indah,
Bukit Lanjan,
60000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 7729 9030 / 9031; Fax: +6 03 7729 9036
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am-12 midnight

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