Shah Alam isn’t a place I tend to venture into, unless I happen to have a meeting in the area. It was a friend who suggested Boss Curry House for lunch last weekend, as I had an engagement to attend to in the vicinity. Boss Curry House specialises in biryani and banana leaf rice – both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
Alas, we were there for a rather late lunch so they ran out of biryani rice. :(
Instead, Jien and I both opted for the banana leaf rice meal (RM7), which comes with three side dishes (vegetarian) and curries. Ask them for some crab curry as they serve a pretty mean version – southern Indian style, thick and robustly flavoured.
We also ordered a portion of chicken varuval (RM6.50), sambal sotong (RM6.50) and chicken 65 (RM6.50) to share. I liked the sambal sotong best as this packed a wallop and the squid was nice and tender. A note though – this is rather spicy with a sweet finish from the caramelised onions.
The menu changes daily so while I wanted mutton varuval (I was told it’s good), only the chicken version was available. This too, was quite decent and laden with spices for aroma and flavour. Southern Indian cooking tends to be spicier so if your chilli tolerance in low, be prepared to sweat; in a good way.
I thought the Chicken 65 was a tad dry as chicken breast is used. That said, the meat was well seasoned and topped with lime for extra zing. Jien likes this dish in general so he thought it was tasty enough.
Boss Curry House serves good bru coffee with cow’s milk (RM3.60) and this goes really well with banana leaf rice. You get a bit of milky finish to counter the spiciness – good stuff. I found the Mango Lassi (RM4.80) too sweet but it was adequately thick and soothing to the throat. Do ask them to reduce the sugar content if you’re planning to order this.
I also tried a plain thosai (RM2) as the crab curry was delicious but this was just average. The thosai was soggy and didn’t quite complement the curry. I reckon thosai rawa would be a better choice.
Our bill came up to RM43.90 for all the above; reasonable considering the amount we ordered. Portions are generous and the food is tasty. Service can be quite disjointed, depending on the staff on duty and time you visit.
Food: 6.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: I found the food decent, and prices are reasonable.
Boss Curry House
No.22A, Ground Floor
Jalan Sungai Burung,
40460 Shah Alam.
Tel: 03-5525 1334