Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tetel Bario @ Seri Kembangan

Tetel Bario specialised in something singular: Cooking from Sarawak's Kelabit highlands, with smoked meat & wild veggies in recipes that strove for authenticity. Sadly, this outlet closed recently, but we hope its founders will be back in action someday.


Tetel Bario, which was also confusingly known as D'Saveur in some circles, was a destination for delicacies like 'umai udang' (raw prawns marinated with lime), 'labo belatuh' (salted venison) & 'ikan berisi' (terubuk fish flakes, riddled with tiny bones).

From 'ayam pansuh' (bamboo-cooked chicken with tapioca leaves) to 'pucuk ubi tumbuk' vegetables, Tetel Bario's food tasted well-prepared - portions were not big, but prices were low; a set meal with rice, three side dishes & a drink cost RM10-RM12.

Other highlights here included 'nuba laya' (leaf-wrapped mashed rice), steamed Bario rice, Sarawak laksa & 'cakoi' crullers.

Tetel Bario
17-G, Blok A, Pusat Perniagaan The Atmosphere, Seri Kembangan, Selangor. Now closed.

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12 comments:

  1. That's too bad... how long were they opened for before closing down?

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    1. Baby Sumo: several months ... definitely less than a year ... i guess the location was also a bit iffy...

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  2. Sad that they closed down, Sean.

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    1. Linda: here's hoping the owners rebound from this!

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  3. They closed? Aiyorrrrrrr!!!! I love our Sarawak ethnic cuisine. Can't get it here unless we cook our own but easily available in Kuching, Bintulu and Miri. I wonder why they closed shop - I guess the locals there are not quite used to it - everything looked pretty good.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, there was positive feedback from other sarawakians about this place, and they did seem to have a few regulars, but i guess not enough to sustain the restaurant, unfortunately...

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  4. i like restaurant that comes with history~

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    1. Happy walker: yeah, it does bring more meaning to the place, you're right!

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  5. wow, i haven't even seen or heard of some of the dishes! Hope they are able to back to action soon!

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    1. Ken: yeah, these were definitely distinctive dishes!

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  6. Some dishes are so new to me, haven't seen or heard before! Sound exotic!

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, i hadn't tried the 'labo belatuh' (salted venison) before! :)

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