Add: 21-21A, Jalan SS18/6, Subang Jaya
Tel: +603 5634 4660 / +6019 211 7202
Opening hours: 11.30am to 3pm, 5.30pm to 9.30pm (Monday to Saturday)
And, 11.30am to 3pm (1st and 3rd Sunday of the month)
Seems the story goes like this ...
JM BARIANI HOUSE started rather quietly in the early 1980s when Jamilah and her husband Mustapa decided to start a food catering business.
The couple from Muar set up a kitchen in SS18 Subang Jaya and soon discovered their friends and other Johor folk were requesting for their bariani more regularly. JM Bariani House opened in 1995 to cater to this need.
Since then, it has become a hub in the KL-PJ area for genuine Johor bariani and other southern Malay specialities. Today, the couple in their sixties has left the running of the business to three sons who are equally passionate about Johor food.
I would say that this is a simpler and less spicy version of the 'briyani' aka Johor bariani. It seems this dish originated in Singapore where there was a cross-cultural mix of Muslim cooking traditions from places such as Middle East, Indonesia and India!
Pity I didn't order the Bariani gam (chicken and mutton) which is a house speciality, the meats are cooked together with the spiced rice (Only available on Wednesdays and Saturdays, I was there on a Wednesday night and the trainee waitress didn't think of recommending it!).
The Sirap Limau (RM$2) was well judged ... not too sweet. The 'starter' curry, which seemed to have dall in it, was actually rather tasty!
Rojak Petis (RM$4.50 - Another dish that's good value) starter ... slurp!
Good ayam masak merah (RM$6.60), and truly delicious fried chicken or Ayam Goreng Rempah (RM$6.10).
Chicken bariani (RM$6.60 + RM$3.80 for the nasi) ... excellent!
Daging / Beef bariani (RM$6.60 + RM$3.80 for the nasi) - Darn good!
Total bill came up to RM$42, pretty decent for a restaurant with a nice setting, and healthy style of cooking for its genre... we loved it!