Restoran Sri Nirwana Maju
No.1 Jalan USJ 9/5M
47610 Subang Jaya
(They have another outlet in Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar too)
One day sometime last week I casually asked LL what he would like to eat in Subang since I would be picking him up on one of the afternoons from there. He said he would think about it. That night we were silent while eating our dinner, each very preoccupied with own thoughts. Suddenly… both of us blurted out SIMULTANEOUSLY – “let’s go eat banana leaf rice!” Wahlauu… I tell you, that was so creepy!!
So, a banana leaf meal we would have. Now I don’t know of that many banana leaf joints in Subang ever since the (in)famous Barath’s closed shop years ago. So LL did some smart checking-around from his cronies and this was how we ended up at this Sri Nirwana Maju.
We were lucky to get a parking space right beside the restaurant – you know how horrendous the parking situation is in USJ. It was drizzling when we got out the car – ahhh… nice cool weather to tuck in some fiery grub!
There was a good crowd but service was very fast. As soon as we were seated, the waiters came and took our order. Even before I could finish admiring the colorful paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling, the banana leaves appeared on our tables…
…and immediately the rice, condiments and curries were ladled on the leaves!
I was looking for my favourite fried bittergourd but was told that unfortunately they were not serving that that day! What??? No fried bittergourd? How can? Isn’t that like the staple dish in ever self-respecting Indian restaurant? Instead they served this…
Fried Ladies’ Fingers… there was more flour than ladies’ fingers. I totally did not like this.
We chose 1 Chicken Drumstick (RM3.00) which turned out to be quite disappointing. It has been over-fried to death (cremation, in this case!), rendering it very dry and not tasty at all. While it was very crispy, there was hardly any flavour in it. Good fried chicken should have the skin crispy and when you bite into it, the flavoursome juices inside should still be spurting out…
Now the best fried item was the Squids (RM10). Not exactly cheap, I must say… the piece we chose was just slightly bigger than my palm (spanning from wrist to fingers lah)… and then when they cut it up, there were not that many pieces on the plate leh! Coated and fried in a light batter, the squids were fresh and firm… and the best thing was they were tossed in onions, dried chillies and lots of curry leaves! Yummm! This is one item you must order!
There were about 3 choices of lamb/mutton from their selection. We chose the Lamb Ribs Paratal (RM5.00) … bad choice! Because… when the plate was served, they were all bones! Could hardly find any meat under the gravy… and it was a tad too salty too!
Banana Leaf Rice is charged at RM5.00 per person… with unlimited rice, curries, vegetables, papadam… I’d go back there for the Fried Squids, hehe! Just avoid the Lamb Bones Ribs and the cremated chicken and we’re good to go… that is, whenever we get banana-leaf pangs again!