Thursday, March 19, 2015

Rakshee @ Kota Damansara



This winningly cheerful restaurant lives up to its promise of a 'new way to eat bakso,' bringing lovers of Indonesian beef balls on a cross-continental culinary incline into Italy, a spin through Sweden & a trek of Thailand - luckily, each detour is delicious.



Rakshee's founders (the restaurant's name is reputedly an Arabic allusion to happiness) belong to a team that has run a bakso-making factory in Penang since 1996. They've crafted this fresh-faced cafe to shine a contemporary light on bakso; the meatballs easily fit into pasta preparations like carbonara & marinara, costing a budget-conscious RM9.90 per plate.


Taking a cue from Stockholm (by way of IKEA), Rakshee's compact selection offers bakso in a creamy-as-gravy broth that's dunk-worthy with crunchy-buttery toast (RM9.90). The meatballs are robust-tasting, though with a smooth, clearly processed texture that'll probably prove familiar to regular consumers of bakso - more of a dense, firm paste than coarse, fleshy meat.


Bakso sliders (RM9.90 for three, with fries) make complete sense in this context; the menu's meant to be crowd-pleasing, teeming with tasty tidbits that'll cheer up the taste buds. Since this is only the start, it'll be fun to watch the kitchen potentially evolve, mature & offer more challenging recipes.



Bakso crossed with boat noodles? Rakshee's rendition is distinctive, with richly savoury, thickly beefy broth, enlivened further with chilli & other sauces. Like most boat noodles, these cost RM1.90 per bowl (& yep, they can be stacked up for photos too).

 Beverages here provide a pure Jakarta bent, with Sosro-produced teh botol & fruit tea. Desserts stray from Rakshee's theme, but that's fine, since what's available is the lush BCGT Belgian Chocolate Ganache Tart by independent baker 126 Kitchen.


Rakshee
13G, The Strand, Jalan PJU 5/20A, Kota Damansara. Tues-Sun, 11am-10pm (Fri from 3pm)
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18 comments:

  1. A very interesting place, Sean, and the presentations are lovely. Nice to see smiling faces, too. :)

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    1. Linda: definitely a place that's cheerful, you're right! :)

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  2. I'm not particularly fond of beef balls, but that chocolate tart caught my eye.

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    1. The Yum List: that's an eye-catching tart indeed, heh :)

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  3. Bakso bakso galore..... I'd love to try this, but why so far... KD is one place I rarely venture to :(

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    1. Baby Sumo: i empathise ... i'm not a fan of venturing to kota damansara too, with the traffic there, heh :)

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  4. The name sounds Indian. Ooooo...the bakso looks so good - the broth is rich and thick, quite unlike what I had had before.

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    1. Suituapui: ya, i think fans of bakso ought to make a beeline here! :)

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  5. Bakso Boat Noodle caught my attention *_*

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    1. Ken: ya, it's quite an intriguing twist, heh :D

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  6. I like anything that's shaped into a ball....beef ball, pork ball, fish ball! ;D

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    1. Contact.ewew: i like 'em as long as they don't taste overly processed, heh :)

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  7. Their boat noodles looks interesting to me, tempting to try it!

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    1. Audrey: hope you manage to check out Rakshee if you're ever in kota damansara :)

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  8. Not big fan of beef, but I did try some meatball when I was in Stockholm, hehe.

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    1. CK: ya, the bakso in gravy with bread here is sweden-inspired! :D

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  9. Remind me of Ikea's meat balls ^__*

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    1. Choi Yen: it'll be interesting to eat both on the same day and see which one you prefer :D

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