I took half the day off last Friday and followed rif to Mid Valley for some last minute Christmas shopping. Timing was horrible; the mall was crowded and I was down with a flu and running nose.
Since I was craving for a big bowl of noodle soup, I suggested lunch at Reminisce after reading Sean’s blog post on the pan mee. The place exuded an old-school charm, but definitely more polished — comic posters and play cards hung on the walls and little knick knacks from the past dressed up the place.
By knick knacks from the past, I meant toys most of us or our parents used to play with as kids (marbles, spintop, ping pong…) and old-school items like a radio, fan, bird cage, biscuit tins and Kickapoo bottles. They have ding dong, tora, nini and jelly in big glass jars at the counter!
This Pan Mee with Minced Pork (RM9.90) was just what I needed – thick noodles with black fungus, fuchuk, pork meat ball and spinach, in a piping hot broth topped with fried anchovies and minced pork. Ingredients were plenty and the broth was flavourful. This wasn’t the best pan mee I’ve eaten, but it was decent.
rif’s Crispy Chicken Chop (RM12.90) with black pepper sauce was crisply fried and juicy on the inside. I’m not a fan of chicken chop with rice especially when the sides comprise coleslaw and baked beans, but rif doesn’t mind it.
For an additional RM1, you get to choose a drink. I had the red bean soup which was slightly insipid and really nothing to shout about. rif’s cincau was well, just cincau. The food wasn’t great, but lunch was decent and prices were reasonable. I liked that the place is non-halal, and would definitely return to try more items.
Food: 5.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: A decent place to dine at when you’re in Mid Valley – just don’t go in expecting the food to be knock-your-socks-off good.