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Rail Canteen, Kota Damansara

Rail Canteen, Kota Damansara

Rail Canteen in Kota Damansara has plenty of potential – run by the family members of the original Kluang Railway Coffee in Johor. The décor at the Kota Damansara outlet is modern yet unpretentious, with plenty of natural light through the large window panels.

Bun Bakar with Soft Boiled Eggs

A breakfast favourite — Bun Bakar with Soft Boiled Eggs

The place gets pretty packed come lunchtime; a good sign that the food is promising. No “kopitiam” experience is complete without the good old bun bakar (RM3.50) and soft boiled eggs (RM3) – a must-order, especially if you’re having your kopi. I had mine with Kopi C Ais (RM3.80), an aromatic blend of local (Kluang) coffee that was adequately creamy and not overly sweet.

Bun Bakar

Love the cubes of cold butter in this!

Soft Boiled Eggs

Soft Boiled Eggs

Kopi C Ais

Kopi C Ais

rif had the Ice Honey Passion (RM6.80), a refreshing drink that he enjoyed but I found it too sweet for my liking. The bun sambal special (RM4.50) was pretty good stuff, where the bread is toasted till crisp on the outside and the filling is spicy, fragrant and full of bite from the bits of ikan bilis.

Ice Honey Passion

Ice Honey Passion

Bun Sambal Special

Bun Sambal Special

Nasi Lemak Ayam Berempah

Rail Canteen’s Specialty — Nasi Lemak Ayam Berempah

Rail Canteen’s best seller happens to be the Nasi Lemak, which you can opt to have with either Ayam Goreng, Ayam Berempah, Ayam Masak Merah or Rendang Kambing. I picked Ayam Berempah (RM12.50) and it came with a choice of 5 sambals – onion, cockles, ikan bilis (anchovies), squid or prawns. Try the cockles sambal, for this one packed a punch and the cockles gave the sambal gravy sweet, rich flavour.

Nasi Lemak Ayam Berempah (2)

Crispy ikan bilis, spicy sambal and freshly fried ayam berempah

Assorted Sambal

Assorted Sambal (from top) — sotong, udang, kerang, ikan bilis and bawang

Meehoon Siam with Rendang Kambing

Meehoon Siam with Rendang Kambing (add on)

My top pick at Rail Canteen would be the Meehoon Siam (RM6.50); tangy, full flavoured and lip-smacking with a side of Rendang Kambing (RM9). This combination worked very well as the mutton (kambing) was tender and terrifically seasoned for plenty of oomph.

Meehoon Siam

My personal favourite. Don’t forget to squeeze the lime in for extra zest!

Rendang Kambing

Rendang Kambing was spicy, ‘lemak’ and aromatic

Hainanese Chicken Chop

Hainanese Chicken Chop

Hainanese Chicken Chop (RM16.50) seemed to be a crowd favourite too, judging from the amount of ordered from other tables. Portion is generous and the tomato-based gravy was the right balance of sweet, tangy and savoury.

Hainanese Chicken Chop (2)

The chicken still retained its crunch even after the gravy was added on top

Mee Rebus Special (2)

Mee Rebus Special

Mee Rebus Special

Too sweet for my liking

I was less excited about the Mee Rebus (RM11.50) for the gravy was too sweet and thick for my liking. I prefer this dish with more rempah (spices) and less thick. Rail Canteen’s version had too thick a gravy.

3-layer Ice Cream

3-layer Ice Cream

For desserts, we had the 3-layer Ice Cream (RM9.80) comprising chocolate, vanilla and coffee flavours. This was a personal favourite of rif, for the flavours worked well together and the coffee ice cream had a good balance of sweet, bitter and aroma. Disappointing was the Kopi Cheesecake (RM9.80) for the cake texture was grainy – I suggest you opt for the former.

Kopi Cheese Cake

Kopi Cheesecake

All in, I found the food quite commendable save for a few misses. If you’re planning to visit, try the meehoon Siam with rendang kambing and let me know what you think! 🙂

Interior

Interior

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Ambiance: 6.5/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 6.5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Try the Meehoon Siam with Rendang Kambing and Nasi Lemak.

Rail Canteen

Rail Canteen

Rail Canteen
Unit D-GF-02 Sunway Nexis
Jalan PJU 5/2
Kota Damansara.
Tel: 03-6150-1802
Business hours: 8am – 10pm
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