There’s something about roti canai that screams comfort food – a simple staple of ghee-laced flatbread, pulled and tossed to create air pockets for that light, fluffy texture. You can find several variations to this humble dish; from a basic roti bawang to an elaborate version with meat, cheese and vegetables.
IV Restaurant in Pandamaran, Klang serves pretty good roti canai, evident from the crowd and queue on a Sunday afternoon. I can’t say it’s best to go early (since roti canai is also a breakfast staple) but come with patience, as you might need to wait for a table to vacant.
People come here mostly for the roti canai which is made fresh and passed around like daily bread. Bear in mind the restaurant is often crowded, so your turn might come after 15 minutes or so. The roti canai at IV Restaurant is crisp on the outside with a fluffy centre and a texture that pulls apart easily at the probe of your fork.
You get a choice of chicken curry, fish curry or dhal to go with your roti canai – nothing particularly outstanding but decent enough to enjoy. I rather enjoyed the roti bom where the dough is swirled with margarine and kaya, and cooked till crispy perfection. This required no sauce whatsoever; good on its own!
I didn’t care much for the roti telur as it tasted like any other roti telur out there. One thing to note about adding ingredients into your roti – the more you add, the less crispy it will be. You can’t really “garing” a roti telur, can you? ;)
The nasi lemak is decent here. Eat it plain or opt to add extra condiments such as mutton curry, fried chicken, chicken 65 or assorted vegetables if you like. I liked that the sambal packed a wallop but in terms of overall flavour, Nasi Lemak Zaman is still better.
Don’t bother with the chicken 65 as it was slightly on the dry side; you’re better off with the fried chicken though the latter was also average in taste in my opinion. Mutton curry was moderately spicy but one-dimensional in taste, while the ubi kayu was a mix of spicy and sweet. This however, was dry.
Stick to the roti at IV Restaurant and you’ll find the experience enjoyable. I liked the roti canai and roti bom best. It’s a good place for breakfast or brunch if you’re in the area, so make it your first pitstop before moving on to a heavier meal.
Food: 6.5/10 (halal)
Verdict: Pretty good roti canai but skip the items at the hot food counter.
IV Restaurant (Roti Canai Pandamaran)
No 117, Jalan Pandamaran Jaya 62,
42000 Pandamaran Jaya,