When it comes to traditional Malay and Western fusion food served in a casual setting, Serai is a popular choice among urbanites in the Klang Valley. Their Jaya Shopping Centre outlet is crowded with office workers, business groups and Datin-types over lunch. We joined the throng for a farewell meal with a colleague.
Love the interior! High ceilings give a sense of space; space-efficient drawers keep cutlery away from sight, while white and dark frames contrast nicely with the warm wood furniture. Lots of natural sunlight filtering in from the glass windows.
The menu features local favourites such as Nasi Kerabu (their specialty) and rice/noodles alongside pasta, chops and steaks. Portions are also quite hefty.
Had a cool and refreshing Sirap Bandung to quench my thirst. Comprising a thick layer of sweet rose syrup and condensed milk, the drink has an attractive two-layered hue which quickly turns pink when you stir it.
Most of the colleagues ordered pasta. I opted for a ‘Portobello Mushroom Steak” – basically steak for vegetarians, since the mushroom has a texture close to meat (course, nothing rivals real meat!). Battered and deep fried, it came served on a bed of soft mashed potato and a smattering of gravy. The mushrooms were sizeable and crunchy, but I felt it needed just a bit more seasoning. Not greasy though so kudos to the chefs.
One thing I noticed about the food at Serai – everything is prepared fresh to order, so even though there is a wait, the food arrives piping hot and tasty. No microwaving here lol. #GordonRamsayWouldApprove
SERAI (JAYA SHOPPING CENTRE)
G18, Jaya Shopping Centre, Jalan Semangat, Seksyen 14, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Business hours: 11AM – 10PM
Phone: +603 79323070