Home Food Reviews JM Bariani House, SS18, Subang Jaya

Since we were in the vicinity, rif and I decided to go to JM Bariani House for lunch. The restaurant is tucked in a row of shop houses at SS18, Subang Jaya. Thank goodness for air-conditioning, as it was really hot outside!They serve nasi bariani gam ayam (chicken) on Wednesdays and nasi bariani gam kambing (lamb) on Saturdays. We were there on a Sunday afternoon, so only the normal bariani was available.I ordered the lamb bariani (RM11.40) while rif had the chicken bariani (RM10.40). We also shared some tauhu bakar (RM4.50), which was fried bean curd skin stuffed with bean sprouts, cucumber, mengkuang and chunky peanut sauce.The rice was fragrant from the use of ghee and spices. It was also moist, well separated and fluffy. The rice grains are shorter and rounder compared to the one at Sri Ghazal Briyani. I stole a bite (OK, maybe more than one bite) of rif’s chicken, and it was quite good. The gravy was hearty, spicy and infused with aromatic spices, and the chicken was nice and tender.But the star of the meal was definitely the lamb. Cooked for a few hours, the meat was fork tender, and easy to pull apart. The gravy was dark and rich, with the right balance of flavours and spices. There was also no gamey taste or smell in the meat. Two thumbs up!I love pickled fruits so naturally, I enjoyed the acar buah. rif didn’t care much for acar, so I got to eat his portion too. =) The dalcar was tastier than the one we had in Sri Ghazal. This version was thicker and more flavourful. I found the tauhu bakar average. It was crispy on the outside and the vegetables were crunchy and juicy. Hoverer, the peanut sauce could have been a bit spicier – this was too mild for me.The Sirap Bandung (RM3.50) was overrated. It tasted very watered down. rif (who tried it before) told me the standard has dropped.

Our bill came up to RM33.40 inclusive of 10% service charge. Not cheap, but I think it’s hard to find cheap and good briyani/bariani/beriani (which one is correct?) these days.

Ambiance: 6.5/10
Price: 4/10
Food: 7.5/10 (halal)
Verdict: Order the bariani kambing. Kam-biiiinggggg! Yum…

21 & 21A
Jalan SS18/6,
Subang Jaya
03 5634 4660

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CUMI & CIKI June 10, 2009 - 11:13 am

the lamb! the star of the meal! (i like closed in on those words lk a moth to a flame..) hypnotic. i want. :)

Sugar Bean June 10, 2009 - 12:12 pm

The colour of sirap bandung always scares me off. But the lamb really looks tempting, wanna try it out. And the taufu bakar, gosh, haven't had them for ages. Miss them so much!

Leonard Loh June 10, 2009 - 1:53 pm

The lamb looks really tantalising, pinkish texture…

You really like briyani don't you. There's quite a few briyani joints you've been.

Anonymous June 11, 2009 - 1:29 am

I have tried JM Bariani on several occasions at their outlet in Shah Alam. On a few occasions, their lamb was way too tough and fatty, plus had the pungent odour of the meat. Prefer their beef.

JM's beriani rice is of the 'lighter' type of beriani rice, compared to my two fav houses, Kayu Nasi Kandar and Pelita. But it is an interesting alternative occasionally.


Christy June 11, 2009 - 3:35 am

Hahaha…too much meat and spicy curry for me!! =P

Bangsar-bAbE June 11, 2009 - 4:12 am

Christy – Not that spicy wor…it won't send you running for ice water! =)

DF – I've never tried the Shah Alam branch, so I can't make any comparisons. But the lamb I had was really yummy…tender and not gamey.

Stopped going to Pelita because they charge as they please…but I agree that JM's rice is lighter. Doesn't make you want to ZzzZZZ after the meal…

thule a.k.a leo June 11, 2009 - 4:17 am

no beef (due to religion) and no lamb (can't stand even slight bau hamis) for me :)
I only take pork & chicken… lol!!!

Bangsar-bAbE June 11, 2009 - 4:19 am

Leonard – I don't like briyani THAT much lar…at least not as much as I like wat tan hor and curry mee! =P

Sugar Bean – Now you know where to get tauhu bakar..and don't forget the lamb! =D

Cumi & Ciki – Tempting hor? Come we go…I want to try bariani gam this time!

Bangsar-bAbE June 11, 2009 - 4:20 am

leo – You eat the chicken…I'll take all the beef and lamb! Muahaha! =P

thule a.k.a leo June 11, 2009 - 4:21 am

then I will be left wondering on how you manage to keep fit with your gargantuan appetite :)

mimid3vils June 11, 2009 - 4:55 am

How u can keep ur body slim by eating so much good food?

Bangsar-bAbE June 11, 2009 - 6:33 am

mimi – I don't eat carbs after 9pm. And workout daily! ;)

leo – You make me sound like a monster!! Hehehe…

foodbin June 11, 2009 - 7:44 am

they did not used the Basmathi rice which are long, whole grain and flavorful.

taufulou June 11, 2009 - 8:55 am

haaa..you love nasi briyani ya~
seen couple of post on that already..:)

"Joe" who is constantly craving June 12, 2009 - 2:32 am

boss took here once..its like a neighbourhood restaurant rite?

found it pretty good too..

Nic (KHKL) June 12, 2009 - 4:43 am

yeah, u are right about the lack of cheap and good briyani rice. i think it's cos they charge by the number of dishes. very arithmetic. not like charp farn which costs almost the same, regardless of which dish u choose..hehehe…

was at the putrajaya gam briyani a few months back. not too bad but yeah, expensive! O_o

Bangsar-bAbE June 12, 2009 - 6:19 am

Nic – Expensive and hot!! With this kind of weather, I'm not going back to putrajaya anytime soon! T_T

Joe – Yup…it's in a neighbourhood.

taufulou – Yup, I like briyani. Not so much for the rice, but definitely for the lamb. ;)

foodbin – I don't think they did.

worldwindows June 12, 2009 - 4:40 pm

My have my beriani fix near my house but taste ordinary. I like the lamb with lots of gravy from good beriani place.

Bangsar-bAbE June 13, 2009 - 1:04 pm

worldwindow – I have a feeling you would like this one! ;)

thenomadGourmand June 16, 2009 - 1:50 pm

yayaya..mayb jz for the lamb..but SS18?? haiizz..

Bangsar-bAbE June 17, 2009 - 8:04 am

nomad – Then can do a Subang Jaya food crawl! JM Bariani, pork noodles, nasi lemak ayam goreng, rojak, cendol…yum!! =D

Cicada2nd December 19, 2009 - 10:13 am

here is better than at Mydin USJ. the taste of lamb was same. delicious. BUt surely i'll sleep early on that night.

Ali August 19, 2010 - 6:15 am

For Bangsar Babe,

You can get the tahu bakar at taman melawati pasar ramadhan only RM1.50 and the best so far i've tested in Malaya. Serious babe.



Aliena August 26, 2012 - 5:42 pm

I find beriyani at JM way overrated. Case of reputation preceding itself. Kinda like nasi lemak kampung baru. All hype only. Not terrible tasting, but nothing special either.

Sherry September 11, 2013 - 1:16 pm

Definitely a must try. JM beriani never fail me. Always delicious and my family love their rosemary fried ribs with nasi beriani.


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