I don’t give away second chances very easily, especially when the offence is severe. That said, I always try to give restaurants second chances, unless the food is so awful that I can’t stomach the thought of torturing my taste buds again.
It took me more than 3 years to give the banana leaf rice at Devi’s Corner in Bangsar another try. It wasn’t the food that put me off; but the poor service and their blatant attempt to overcharge me for my food. I met Dev at the Timeout KL Food Awards last year and he persuaded me to give Devi’s Bangsar another try.
The banana leaf rice at Devi’s Corner is tastier than the competitor across the road. In my opinion, the competitor’s standard has dropped tremendously since it started 10 years ago and the service is way below par. Unfortunately, the service at Devi’s Corner isn’t that much better. A staff named C.Saravanan was probably the only friendly and attentive guy at Devi’s. He was pleasant and quick on his feet so service from him was prompt.
At Devi’s, you get between four to six vegetarian side dishes to go with your rice (RM7) and the curries here are very tasty. I asked for a mix of Kerala fish curry and crab curry – both were thick, richly spiced and slightly creamy from the coconut milk. It’s hard to say which is nicer, so just ask for both. The papadam I got was freshly fried; I crushed and mixed them into my curry-laden rice for a satisfying bite. I liked the mango chutney, but rif thought it didn’t go with the rice.
We also shared a portion of mutton masala (RM10) and chicken 65 (RM10). I would have ordered the fried chicken (RM5) but they ran out that night. The chicken 65 was nicely marinated and tender, but portion was scant for the RM10 price tag. I counted only 6 pieces of chopped chicken. The mutton varuval was aggressively spiced and deeply flavoured, but lacked an overall roundness. That aside, the mutton pieces were tender and I enjoyed biting into the fatty bits.
My banana leaf meal at Devi’s Corver was enjoyable, food-wise. Service however, needs more sprucing up – maybe Saravanan should teach his colleagues a thing or two about good working attitude. And I’m happy to report they didn’t overcharge me for anything this time.
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Food: 7/10 (halal)
Verdict: Tasty curries and good side dishes. Hopefully, you will receive better service than a few others and I did.
14, Jalan Telawi 4,
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 2282 7591