Monday, November 15, 2010

NadaLama

Nestled on a forested hilltop, this secluded "eco-spa" retreat is scarcely a 15-minute drive from Mont Kiara, but it feels like a hundred miles away.

Customers can treat themselves to a broad range of Indonesian and Thai traditional massages that last between 30 and 120 minutes. Prices seem reasonable, starting from RM35 (note: no credit card payments accepted).

We skipped all that and scurried straight for the food _ mainly Indonesian specialties cooked in a beautifully rustic open kitchen.

Gado-gado, comprising free-range eggs, cabbage, long beans, tofu, bean sprouts & chips with peanut sauce. Meals here take rather long to serve, but that's because they're freshly, painstakingly prepared (even the veggies were only sliced after we placed our orders). Thankfully, we were the only diners on a recent weekday evening.

Tempeh with grated coconut. Hearty and healthy-tasting, without any hint of excess oil or salt. NadaLama claims to use organic ingredients as much as possible.

Bakso vermicelli soup, brimming with super-succulent beef balls. The broth could have been thicker and more flavorful, but that's a matter of personal preference.

Jamu sireh (a herbal tonic drink) & cucumber ginger juice.





Nada Lama Jamu Spa & Bar,
Tanah Lot #3197, Jalan Penchala Indah,
Bukit Lanjan, Damansara New Village.
Open Wed-Mon, 11am-11pm.
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43 comments:

  1. This place reminds me of those dorms that I used to stay in prefect camps.

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  2. cant believe you can find something so "kampung" which is so near city life!

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  3. Michelle: Wah, am not sure if that's a good or bad thing, heheh
    Joe: plus, it's very still and quiet here at night, and there's no view of any skyscrapers at all :D

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  4. Looks like this village is turning into a commercial hub very soon with so many restaurants, spas, and retreats opening up.

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  5. Qwazymonkey: ya, even this place, nadalama, is just a 30-second drive from subak, the more established restaurant in this area. Still feels like there's space for more (for now) =)

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  6. omg. What an adorable restaurant! Looks like you went to a friend's house in some kampung.. :)

    (They even have the essential kampung house accessories, chubby manja looking cats, placed around the area to add to the ambience!)

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  7. 35 bucks ar? dunno real or not.. sounds too good to be true!
    What u went straight to the food? waddaya MAD? hehe. I would do at least 1 hr 1st of msg.. then relax, then eaT!

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  8. wow i love the look of this place, cant wait to visit!

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  9. This sorta reminds me of Tree Monkey in Batu Ferringhi, Penang that I recently visited. Not for massages, simply a restaurant "on a tree-top" but it's Thai-owned, apparently.

    There's something authentic about this style of dining, closer to nature, ja? :)

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  10. How did you manage to find this place? I think I'd head straight for a massage...then only the food. ;)

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  11. j: u're right! there's that nice little dapur, and other areas where we should take off our shoes. the cats were quite cute. they eventually plopped themselves beside our chairs, not afraid of us at all. cats are courageous! :D
    ciki: oh ya, the RM35 package is for first-timers. the other massage treatments can cost up to RM180 or so. heheh, i'm not a fan of massages in kl though :D
    augustdiners: not too far from kepong ... u'll be there within 15 minutes, if traffic is clear! =)
    lfb: ooh i've heard of that restaurant in penang, but never managed to visit it. apparently they had trouble with authorities once, because of logistic reasons, and nearly had to close or something. but yeah, i like dining amid nature, partly cos mosquitoes rarely prey on me (very strange, but true!) :D
    bangsar_babe: word of mouth! but yeah, they really should step up their publicity campaign, since it seems to be non-existent! now i'm tempted to try their massage too :D

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  12. AHha.. a friend of mine went recently. Damn cheap massages apparently.. I mz go.. cos i'm damn stressed!

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  13. tng: yikes, i feel your pain! maybe u can steal two or three hours away to get a massage here during this wednesday's hari raya holiday!

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  14. shouldn't be that hard to find considering it's quite near to PJ as well... all I have to do is to punch in the data into my Garmin and it should lead the way!

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  15. leo: heheh, a bit tricky though, cos it's up on a hill by itself, without any buildings around it (and no signboards leading to it)! :D

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  16. I think the mosquitoes fear to tread where they might be the prey rather than the predator - didn't you catch and consume a skeeter once? :P

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  17. Lfb: u speak wisdom! I heard that the same applies for dogs ... that their keen senses can tell whether someone has chomped on a fellow canine. I wonder if any human would be able to tell if I've eaten another person :D

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  18. The wise adage is better to be safe then sorry.

    *considers this*

    *runs away*

    :P

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  19. lfb: but if u're confronted by a wild, carnivorous beast, it's better to stand your ground than run away. if u try to flee, u'll just be pursued. and u can't outrun a force of nature :D

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  20. lfb: freak is good. chris pine is freakishly good-looking. david archuleta is freakishly talented (he just left singapore today after a three-day stopover, sigh)...

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  21. Did you catch Archie, in the end?

    [Last question for this post, promise. Heh.]

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  22. lfb: no lah, no go. now he's in manila for another showcase. sigh...

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  23. Awww. You will meet him one day, you will.

    *BIG HUGS*

    ... hopefully before he grows any facial hair, that is. :P

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  24. lfb: hmmm, that gives me another two years to meet him (if he, like me, only starts shaving at the age of 21) :D

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  25. You mean he's 19 already? I always think of him as a sweet sixteen. Have you started the Archelettuce Fan Club oredi?

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  26. lfb: he was sixteen when he joined idol (the minimum age for the show lah). anyways, no need to start any new fan clubs ... this one already exists: http://archuletafans.com/ keep it bookmarked, ya, the message boards are updated constantly!

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  27. no credit card accepted at this place maybe because it's meant to be "back to the old kampung days" haha... better bring lots of cash or have to end up washing dishes there.

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  28. eiling: heheh, but the food prices are very reasonable! this meal cost only 30-something ringgit, if i recall right :D

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  29. They might wanna consider renaming the club. Archulettuce!! You guys can also call yourselves Lettuceheads! :D

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  30. Lfb: I know mockery when I read it! But I shall emulate david's big-heartedness and compassion by not retaliating (no matter how much u deserve it!) :D

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  31. Aww. Ok lah, I'm impressed. Where do I sign up for the David Archuleta Fan Club? :D

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  32. lfb: just leave a comment on the message boards of archuletafans.com, professing your undying devotion to The David! :D

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  33. hi sean,its only opened on wed - mon ??

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  34. rose: yep, or closed on tuesdays, in other words :D

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  35. haha, ok, i'll go try it out one day. :)

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  36. Thx for the blog, happy to stumble upon it. Do they have a contact number? I wanna book a spa :)

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  37. su-ann: it's 017 3000679 ... hope u enjoy it :D

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  38. Thanks Sean, you're a star! :)

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  39. This blog makes me want to visit them right away. I will be there even if the food is just average. Like the two cats picture, well taken!

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  40. River: heh, thanks. Ya, this is a very interesting place. Very peaceful, on a hillslope surrounded by trees, with very few people around. Hope you get the chance to visit it soon :D

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  41. Ok. in my 'to-do' list already.
    hahaha...

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  42. Len: hope you like it! :D

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