Monday, May 19, 2014

Yarl Restaurant - Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur


Colleagues and friends constantly raved about the Sri Lankan food at Yarl until my ears almost fell apart. A few even praised the pal/milk appam, supposedly the best in town. Yarl I was also told is 1,2,3 up or many-many ups (especially the breakfast morning up!!), previously a stall and now a shop across YMCA field (Jalan Tun Sambathan 3). So, after two months, finally, I agreed to come over with the two friends. Knowing well (Taj Garden) about the massive crawl from Shah Alam/crazy Brickfields parking, we strategized an early start. 

By 10.30am, I was in Petaling Jaya to fetch the friends and surprise, surprise!! Crystal clear the roads were on this Saturday. Before 12.00pm, we arrived at Yarl. At the small narrow area in front of the restaurant which leaves no room should there be five or six customers standing around undecided between the dishes in the aluminium trays and clay pots, elbows or legs can be knocked hard. And if you don't get moving, the rest won't be pleased at all. Thus, without wasting time, we scooped the dishes over the rice and walked into the air-conditioned dining area while carefully balancing the plastic banana leaf tray to avoid the curries from swimming ashore. 







With most of the tables taken up, no choice but to sit near the entrance. And now came the frightening-exciting thriller like in Tamil movies or better still, the dramas. Well, as a foodie, taking pictures is a norm but here at Yarl, I felt as though a crime because  the customers and the staff stared and giggled. Worst still the lady at the counter who perhaps didn't have time to comb her hair or she just doesn't. She wouldn't stop staring and the tall well built guy stared so badly. Worried that he may "shot the sheriff down", camera aside and after calling for the drinks and papadam, we tucked into the meal.   
More or less, we chose the same type of dishes - chicken curry, chicken parathal(dry style), mutton curry and veggies cooked with spices, curry powder, dhal, lots of coconut milk, chillies etc etc. Worth mentioning - the Sri Lankan style valaithandu (banana stem) stir fried with turmeric and coconut and fish puttu (Mackerel Fish Puttu). The meal washed down with bru tea and in between, hot lime tea.




Stomach filled up, we didn't want to stay put, not for a moment in the packed stuffy dining area. Settling the bill (RM52.00), I insisted on a group photo with the staff but all ran "Helter-Skelter" except for this guy who couldn't escape.  
My say on Yarl?? Honestly, what's the hype? Okay, credited the traditional Sri Lankan dishes in clay pots and a couple of veggies, choices ample, service please call for, no comments on the ambiance, and according to the friend, prices has drastically shot up. Taste-wise, average and the critical success factors for Yarl - women who don't cook neither know how and wives who refuse to cook despite demanding for a stylish kitchen.  

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14 comments:

  1. I don't understand why people start laughing when someone takes pics.
    Sri Lankan food, looks tempting
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  2. Great review....and the food items are really tempting :)

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  3. aaahhh loved the food.. a treat to the eyes.. I love Sri Lankan food :)

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  4. Sea food is my all time favorite, and when served in south Indian style nothing like that :D .
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  5. All your reviews & pics are superb enough to tempt anyone & I'm not an exception. I love Sri Lankan food especially that chicken parathal! what about sambal?

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  6. That is one honest review, an deeply 'awed' by number of dishes layed over.

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  7. Thanks for sharing the review.

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  8. where about is this place? have been to brickfield but never notice this shop. is it near the KFC?

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  9. mouthwatering dishes dear..they all look so yumm ..i sure they tasted good too..love reading your reviews

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  10. I really can understand the stares and glares as i receive them often when i click at restaurants.. Love all your reviews Navs and this one is no less.. The pics are gorgeous as usual... I have a similar leaf plate too for my traditional food clicks! :)

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  11. bro, can you give exact whereabouts of this restaurant. map perhaps!
    thanks!!

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  12. For those who've been asking about the exact location, its across YMCA; the row of shop lots.

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  13. mouthwatering? look at the kitchen :)
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