Monday, October 22, 2012

Poyo @ Solaris Dutamas


A casual restaurant that strives to serve Malay food with fusion flair.


Nasi Lemak Maki? At RM5.50+, it's an experiment worth applauding, but the formula needs tweaking. The coconut sushi rice has fragrance, the sambal is satisfyingly sweet-spicy and the anchovies add a cool crunch. The misstep: the soggy seaweed wrapping.

Poyo's full-fledged nasi lemak scratches the itch for rice, but these pandan-tinged grains could be more aromatic. The fried chicken's finger-lickin' good nonetheless.


Steamed tapioca with grated coconut. Not as oh-my-God-good as we had hoped for, but the best renditions of this tend to be homemade ones, right?


Beef serunding and egg in Benggali bread, for an unexpectedly thick, hearty sandwich.


Continuing our carb-fest: Grilled lempeng topped with shredded mozzarella and cheddar. We prefer Western pancakes, but this is still worth trying.


Poyo's house-made palm sugar ice cream is nice. Nothing but nice.


Also sweet: Pengat pisang, served with the banana's skin intact.


Teh tarik, alongside a RM8.50 pineapple mint tea. We've been encountering lots of outlets where prices for non-alcoholic beverages exceed those for the food.


Poyo,
A2-G2-06, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6205-3554
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32 comments:

  1. Nasi Lemak Maki???!!!! yeerrrr.....cannot imagine how it tasted like.

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    1. 女飞侠: heheh, the rice itself is quite tasty. it has the texture of sushi rice but the taste of nasi lemak :D

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  2. Another great place to eat.

    Maki? No, thank you...no need to try and be lame imitations of other cultures - be yourself. I would have that plate of nasi lemak in the 2nd photograph anytime...instead of the Maki. Looking like what a nasi lemak should - not camouflaged as something else.

    Oooo...so many condiments! I would love that a lot! Slurpssssssss!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, i guess for me, i enjoy the effort that goes into trying to create something different, even if it doesn't always work. but true, the traditional recipes will probably be what stands the test of time :D

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  3. that nasi lemak maki memang looks interesting, I guess one way to "fix" it is to have it made on demand like how they actually do maki to prevent soggy seaweed?

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    1. KY: yeah, it didn't exactly live up to expectations 100 percent, but i think you're right about the fix-it solution :D

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  4. an interesting mix of flavours and cultures. Interesting.

    Agree with KY that perhaps the maki have to be made only when there is an order.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, a contemporary take on malay food. wonder whether they'd agree to make the maki on order only. i'll try asking if i return here =)

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  5. The Nasi Lemak Maki is quite creative. But I think I'll just stick to the ordinary plate of nasi lemak. I can't live without nasi lemak for a month? :-p

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    1. Melissa: heheh, i love nasi lemak too, but i think i only have it once every two months at the most :D

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  6. Yay.. sean eat's malay food.. double yay:P Was it spicy or just OK?

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    1. Ciki: heheh, i think we steered clear of the spiciest items on the menu. the sambal was ok ... not TOO fiery but still tongue-tingling :D

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  7. that is a good one ...
    nasi lemak maki..

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    1. Simple Person: yeah, it proves that malay-japanese fusion is possible! :D

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  8. wow, looks like a carb-feast to me! But who's complaining when the food looks so good?

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    1. Eiling: heheh, luckily we didn't end up in a carb-coma after this meal! :D

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  9. I'm a huge fan of hearty European breads but I do retain a soft spot for Benggali bread :)

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    1. TNG: i must admit, i haven't had much experience with benggali bread. though i guess i have to also say that i don't have a soft spot for it, heheh :D

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  10. The beef serunding burger looks good.. btw did the maki taste cold? Maybe they made it beforehand and kept it in the fridge.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, the mix of beef and egg in that sandwich was quite flavorsome :D ooh, the maki was lukewarm. you're probably right, maybe they did keep it in the fridge and warmed it up a bit when we ordered it =)

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  11. Haha, everyone is commenting on the NL Maki, which is kinda ingenious although it failed your test ;-) I'll have the regular NL any time la!

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    1. Pureglutton: heheh, with a bit more fine-tuning, the nasi lemak maki could be a successful experiment! yeah, regular nasi lemak is still more hearty and satisfying though, you're right :D

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  12. the nasi lemak maki is cute! but being someone who eats nasi lemak every week, it wouldn't satisfy ... I need a big heap of rice on banana leaf ...

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    1. Footfringe: heheh, suddenly i find myself wondering if nasi lemak would pair well with wasabi and soy sauce instead of sambal :D

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  13. lukewarm nasi lemak maki.... I still prefer my nasi lemak pipping hot :)

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    1. Choi Yen: that's true! the best nasi lemak is fresh and still steaming on the plate :D

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  14. Yeah..i dont understand why drink have to be up till 8-12 ringgit. its unacceptable. they used expensive mineral water to make our drinks? import from Alps mountain =.='

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    1. Fadyxc: i guess it all adds up toward helping to boost profits. but yeah, i try to just order bottled water or ask for plain water usually =)

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  15. Cool nasi lemak maki, but i think bring own bottled water to this restaurant !

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    1. Wong: heh, yeah, maybe come here and try the nasi lemak maki, but can head elsewhere for drinks =)

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  16. Interesting! never heard about lempeng until today! I would prefer it sweet rather than savoury :P

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    1. Vien: i haven't had much experience with lempeng either. but i think you're right, i'd probably enjoy it with some gula melaka, heh :D

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