Monday, February 6, 2017

2017 Menu: The Narra Filipino Resto Lounge @ PJ Dataran Millennium

Mabuting Gana! Our latest visit to The Narra left us pretty impressed with how this restaurant has fast evolved into the Klang Valley's leading location for Filipino cooking; the kitchen here is fully run by a team from the Philippines, promising a plethora of peerlessly Pinoy dishes not often sighted in Peninsular Malaysia. You might feel intimately familiar with Thai, Vietnamese & Indonesian cuisine, but it's time to get acquainted with the gastronomic attractions of one more Southeast Asian neighbour.

The menu at The Narra (named for the Philippines' national tree) is encyclopedic. Start with the sausages, skewers & salads - the longaniza pork sausages are a should-have, slightly garlicky, sweetly mellow, rustically succulent ((RM12 for four pieces); freshly made in-house for the ultimate moistness, terrifically textured & tasty, preservative-free & without MSG. For mindless munching, the sticks of ketchup-glazed barbecued pork loin (RM9 for three) & the isaw, the quintessential Filipino street food of grilled chicken intestines, seasoned with a punchy vinegar-based sauce (RM6 for two), should also capably whet the appetite. Balance the meal with a juicy, enlivening green mango salad with shrimp paste that's imported the Philippines (RM6).

Pork is a cornerstone of The Narra's repertoire, well represented by lip-smacking Filipino favourites like the classic bellychon (RM18; roasted, rolled & herb-rubbed pork belly, paired with liver sauce), inihaw na liempo (RM12; savoury marinated grilled pork belly) & the inimitable sizzling sisig (RM15; gelatinous chopped pig's head, served with an egg, seasoned with calamansi & chilli peppers). If you're a swine-ivore, there's plenty to check out here.

Don't leave without trying the fish - The Narra does thorough justice to ikan susu (milkfish), illustrating how the food here is painstakingly prepared in ways that would consume much time & effort for home cooks. The rellenong bangus is deboned, flaked, stuffed with carrots, peas & raisins, & fried to a lovely golden colour, retaining heaps of tenderness & a sweetish taste - a unique recipe that's definitely worth ordering (RM30). The daing na bangus is The Narra co-founder Cress' most cherished offering - fried whole milkfish, deliciously marinated in vinegar, garlic & peppercorns (RM25).

Other seafood also secure star treatment - squid is firm & bouncy, packed with a vibrant melange of tomatoes & onions, while shrimp surfaces in a tangy, tamarind-based soup that'll perk up the palate. Round off the meal with comfort-food portions of beef kare-kare (RM15; beef tenderloin stewed in peanut sauce) & pinakpet (RM7; a mix of pumpkin, eggplant, string beans & ladies' fingers stir-fried in shrimp paste). Prices are fair enough that a family of four can feast comfortably for below RM100.

Filipinos adore their desserts, so if you have a sweet tooth, try the puto flan (RM8; a decadent combination of steamed cakes topped with silky leche creme caramel); halo-halo (RM8; the beloved shaved ice speciality) & pichi-pichi (RM3.50; glutinous cassava sprinkled with grated cheese), washed down with an avocado shake (RM9) & Red Horse extra-strong beer (RM18).

The Narra also features shelves of Filipino snacks & sauces, from corned beef to crackers & liver paste - perfect to purchase if you want to experiment with Pinoy fare at home. There's a lot happening here, from live acoustic performances on selected nights to plans for a bakery that'll produce the Philippines' popular pandesal bread. Many thanks to The Narra for having us.

The Narra Filipino Resto Lounge
G001 Dataran Millennium,, Jalan 14/1, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 
Sun-Thurs, 1130am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 1130am-12am. Tel: Tel: 018-246-4844

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  1. U know wht? This place actually made me feel like eating Phil food. LOL.
    I usually avoid Phil food as it is mostly (keyword: mostly, not all) sweet.
    Yummy yummy.. :D

    1. Rebecca: ya, I have some issues with certain Filipino kitchens and dishes too - but I quite appreciate the diversity of recipes here, and how it really does reflect the more positive aspects of Filipino cuisine :D

  2. I've never tried Filipino food before but those skewers look really good...especially the sausage but chopped pig's can do! :D

    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, we see thai restaurants all over in kl, but so few filipino eateries in comparison. this is a good place to start your filipino food journey! :) heheh, i think you'll enjoy the sausage, it's quite well-marinated and prepared ;)

  3. Had the stuffed fish, bones removed at another Filipino franchise, Mid Valley once...and hey!!! We have it here too - in my blogpost today. What a coincidence.

    1. Suituapui: ooo, I guess your relatively closer proximity to the Philippines does mean that you might find Filipino in your town too ... and I love coincidences ;)

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