Home Food Reviews Madras Lane @ Kuala Lumpur

I’ve always wondered how some people can wear their office suits and eat at a hawker stall/coffeeshop. I sure as hell can’t. I was shopping with my girlfriends at the Art for Grabs at Central Market not too long ago, when one of them suggested lunch at Madras Lane.

Curry Laksa

According to her, she goes there for lunch when she was posted for work nearby. I looked at her in disbelief. See, I go to work in casual clothes (sometimes shorts), but she has to wear a formal/smart attire. The place was hot and humid (I don’t get how she can eat there in her office attire), no thanks to the zinc roof. I was sweating, in my shorts and tank top. We quickly ordered some yong tau fu (RM1 per piece) and curry laksa (RM4 per small bowl) before securing a table.The yong tau fu didn’t impress. It was decent, but hardly worth the rave it has gotten from people. At RM1 per piece, I found it slightly pricey as it was quite small in size. The chilli sauce had barely any kick, and the sweet brown sauce was a tad insipid.Curry laksa wasn’t of the creamy kind. It was spicy, fragrant but also slightly watery. I like my curry broth thick, spicy and creamy. The owners were rather unfriendly – we were hurried to make our orders. It wasn’t even peak period (we ate around 2.30pm), so I didn’t like how pushy they were. Portion was also quite small, for the RM4 price tag.

All in, the food was average. I wouldn’t purposely make my way here for lunch, but if I happen to be nearby, I MIGHT give it another shot.

Ambiance: 3/10
Price: 5/10
Food: 5.5/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: The food was average, really.

Madras Lane
Off Petaling Street
Kuala Lumpur

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Jason October 1, 2010 - 2:13 am

really?? average???
i m right now in KL and was thinking to pack some of this famous ytf for dinner tonight. now im having second thoughts. it's been some time since i last had this ytf. its yummy since i last had it which was a year ago.

Bangsar-bAbE October 1, 2010 - 3:21 am

Jason – Yeah…it was nothing to shout about. :(

thule a.k.a leo October 1, 2010 - 4:09 am

They have been doing business for so many years… somehow they have built quite a reputation for themselves. It's like a tourist spot to eat hawker food… forgive them for being grumpy

J October 1, 2010 - 5:16 am

I have such a bad memory of this place. Went recently with my colleagues n got caught up as a victim in the stupid
war between the 2 stall aunties. =_='

iamthewitch October 1, 2010 - 8:54 am

I also can't eat under zinc roof if I'm in my office attire. It's not just the sweat during, but the smell & discomfort AFTER that.. argghh

Jason October 2, 2010 - 7:49 am

Guess what. I decided to give it a try and it is, as you said, average. The ytf is small. Not much meat in it. I still prefer the ytf in Jalan Ipoh/Jalan Kuchai Lama.

Julian Si October 2, 2010 - 10:02 am

J! Aaaaarrgh, stall aunty wars?! Hope you documented it :-)


Dennis Ong October 3, 2010 - 1:48 am

ah.. used to eat there a lot last time… Been quite some time since i've been there… guess their standard drops over the years eh? Things like this tends to happen when they go famous… hmm…

bmw9700 October 4, 2010 - 3:03 pm

the curry looks so yummy…cant go wrong with curry mee, ytf etc…but got to be careful of high cholesterol..haha


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