Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Santai Malay cuisine, Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI)

Here's another visit to Santai, my favourite Malay restaurant ... anywhere! Yes, it's that good :-) Located in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, next to another restaurant I like, 99 Steak and Chops . Both are located on Persiaran Zaaba. Yummy!
Add: Santai Restaurant and Café @ 10, Persiaran Zaaba , Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, KL
Tel: +603 7728 8173

Santai is one of those places I have been back to many MANY times!

I always seem to order the same dishes ... but these are all excellent!
Nasi Goreng USA (served with delicious beef masak merah)

Tom Yam Campur - Do ask for 'Less Hot / Kurang Pedas' unless you can take it spicy! Excellent flavour :-)

Telur bungkus - Best in the business!

Kailan Ikan Masin - Slurp!
(Thanks for the correction, Jojo & Kath)

Sotong tepung - Pretty good, love the batter even though I am not a squidgy sotong fan!

Washed down with some decent Hot Barley and Teh Tarik Kurang Manis.

Ps. Ah, hah ... I now know why their food is so good. I couldn't put my finger on it before, but now I realise that the food here is so appetising cos' many of the chefs are Thai!! One of the founders is a gentleman by the name of Mohd Farid Khalid.
Rasarasa.net ... Santai's journey to success as a family-owned restaurant started rather humbly as a caterer to office functions and weddings.
Each year, during the month preceding Hari Raya, however, their alcohol-free fruit cake became a huge success. This prompted them to look at bigger things.
In the year 2000, they opened their first restaurant in Taman Tun Dr Ismail serving Malay-Thai food using cooks from Pattaya, Thailand.
Since then they have opened two more outlets, both at Tesco (at Mutiara Damansara in 2005 and at Ampang in 2006). The TTDI restaurant is usually packed during lunch and dinner so go there early if you are not prepared to wait.


Jojo & Kath said...

Wow have yet to try out this place. So far I like Khalifah Sek. 3's nasi goreng USA. And the kangkung ikan masin in the pic looks like kailan ikan masin :p

Julian Si said...

Oops ... I stand corrected. Time to update my blog, it IS Kailan :-)

Nasi Goreng USA @ Khailfah ... as in SHAH ALAM!? Hmm, must try!

Have to admit, I like the variant they serve at Santai as it isn't with sausage / fried chicken, but instead with beef masak merah, SLURP!

Jojo & Kath said...

oooooh sounds nice!!! i have not had nasi goreng usa with sausage before, i know, you must think i'm outdated.

yes khalifah in shah alam, the behind row of syed, gembira and your barber shop hehe.. their nasi goreng is with beef and chicken paprik style with generous amount of veggie and a telur mata kerbau yumm.. i like their maggi goreng also.. i notice i like goreng stuff with lots of "liao"..

Julian Si said...

First time I had it with sausage was in Pattaya :-)

Wow ... you know about my Gembira - Barber Shop - Syed , hmmm ...!

Anonymous said...

Am looking for cream caramel at santai..slurrpp..yummy..
But alwaz oos..:(