When discussing on what and where to eat, I usually go for my favourite/regular cuisines such as Italian, Thai or Chinese. So when rif suggested Nasi Padang for dinner, I wasn’t as keen as he was. But I’ve been having Pad Thai and tom yam for 4 days straight in Bangkok, that I didn’t mind a change of cuisine.
The restaurant was relatively empty when we got there; people started streaming in from 7.30pm onwards. We shared a serving of gulai asam ikan (RM7), ayam goreng special (RM7.50), sambal terung (RM3.50) and rendang daging special (RM6). Quite a bit of food for two people, but I was famished.
Sari Ratu serves two types of sambal; sambal merah (RM3) and sambal hijau (RM3). Both were good accompaniments to the dishes, but I liked the sambal hijau better. It was spicy with a gingery aftertaste. The sambal merah was sweeter and spicier than I expected it to be. It was also richer is flavour and paired nicely with the fried chicken.
The ayam goreng special was slightly on the dry side, but I liked the crunchy fried bits around it. My favourite dish that day was the rendang daging. Unlike the Malay beef rendang, this Minangkabau version is thicker and spicier. The beef could have been more tender, but I soon understood why it was only fairly tender. When I chewed the meat, the flavour of the gravy was prominent – a sign that the beef was cooked in the gravy for hours.
I’m not a fan of teh o’ais, so rif’s teh botol (RM3)was hardly memorable. My Es Teler (RM7) however, was good. It came laden with jackfruit slices, avocado, coconut, jelly, sago and sweet milk. Sweet, creamy and refreshing, especially after so many spicy dishes.
Dinner came up to about RM50 for all the above. Truth be told, I found the food pretty average and prices were on the high side. Oh well, at least I can now say, “Been there, tried that.”