Friday, May 6, 2011


Come for the food, stay for the dancing!

Tucked away along Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Songket serves Malay recipes in a serene setting that seems suitable for both romantic dates and group outings.

Burung Puyuh Berempah, or deep-fried quail with onions, red chillies & curry leaves. Surprisingly tender and satisfyingly marinated _ a far cry from the bony, greasy versions elsewhere. Not outrageously priced either; a RM30 plate comprises nearly a dozen pieces.

Rusuk Panggang _ char-grilled marinated short ribs with sweet soy sauce & sambal belacan. Two massive slabs of mouthwatering meat, stunningly succulent and flavor-packed.

Udang Masak Lemak Ulam Tempoyak. A creamy creation, filled with fresh-tasting prawns in fermented durian sauce. Customers who are leery of durian can rest assured that this dish is rich and fragrant but not overpoweringly pungent.

Nasi Lemak Pandan. Might not be the best in KL, but moist and aromatic enough.

Nasi Kerabu. A slightly healthier alternative, with finely chopped veggies & herbs.

Booze is available, mercifully. Merlot makes everything more marvelous.

The highlight of a meal here might be the live performances at 9 pm, Mondays through Saturdays, featuring traditional dances such as the Mak Yong, Zapin, Joget Kelabang & Kipas Si Paku Lanang, culminating in a group hoedown with customers to the strains of Rasa Sayang.

But if Songket's food and feel strongly remind you of Bijan, there's a reason for that; its manager and chef used to work at Bijan, but they recently left and launched Songket.

Songket Restaurant,
29, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2161-3062

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  1. Is there any else place that serves nasi lemak pandan? :)

  2. Michelle: ya, the most convenient outlet that serves it (it at least it used to, since I haven't been back for awhile) is nyonya colors at mid valley =)

  3. A good place to bring foreign guests!

  4. Hee hee hee. So did you ber-joget too?

  5. pureglutton: yeah, they'll be entertained, for sure! and luckily the food is tasty :D
    j: heheh, i have two left feet, i'd probably step on everyone's toes! =)

  6. Hmm.. a bunch of bloggers went fr a review recently. Heard somethin intersting amongst the random tweets - durian tiramisu!

  7. Tng: yups, and also durian ice cream and pandan ice cream for anyone who isn't TOO adventurous! :D

  8. Mmm.. i missed eating here.. maybe next time!

  9. Ciki: am hoping that this place will help kick off a restaurant revitalization on jln yap Kwan Seng! Not many other worthwhile outlets on this road besides il lido and sassorosso =)

  10. ok, i'm alittle attracted to the green rice. Why not someone in KL just make rainbow rice?!! I would wanna try it!

  11. Eiling: I wouldn't mind some red rice, colored with beetroot! But so far I like yellow-tinged rice, since I would think it's saffron :D