Klang as you know or you don't is the shopping paradise for all sorts of Indian things. Tengku Kelana Street is ever popular all year around and it can be like a mad house during the weekends. I usually avoid coming over unless of course when I have to buy sarees and Indian costume jewelries. I do agree that it’s the best place for those things because choices are aplenty, good bargain and excellent customer service especially in saree shops due to the intense competition for customers.
I came over on a Monday and bought what I wanted. However I have to return again to collect my saree blouses in three days. Despite practically trying to negotiate with the tailor, he couldn't accommodate my request for the blouses to be ready on the same day. Well, I wasn't happy but I guess I had to agree.
Similar to every shopping trip, I like to have a meal before coming back home. In Klang, the restaurants are sorry state of affairs, not all but mostly - not very clean and at times the smell of the toilets can kill you. I know because I have eaten in a few restaurants before. I am not saying those are acceptable but I have my own strategy - never sit anywhere near the toilets, if possible avoid going to toilet, don’t peep into the kitchen and close your eyes to the sinks when you have to wash your hands.From the main road, we walked to the back lane. On an hoc basis we agreed to eat in this eatery – a half shop lot and nothing smashing about the ambiance. Cleanliness will get a pass except where the food were kept – untidy and with new papers lined over the shelves.
We ordered banana leaf lunch, two extra side dishes, plain water and tarik/hot tea. Before anything else, I quickly took pictures – a major challenge in Indian restaurants (Legend's Claypot Briyani House @ Puchong Jaya). I still can’t understand why and no matter what, you can’t avoid the “Tamil Movie Villain” or “MGR” stares if at all you take pictures.
Anyway, I was bold and daring. I instantly took pictures and came back to the table. By then, the food was ready – banana leaf with three types of vegetable sides, curries, chutney(s) and rasam (Indian pepper soup) - same thing you get in other Indian restaurants except for different varieties of veggies. Still, how different can it be because leafy veggies and beans are perhaps the cheapest. Of course, they are generous with refills. So, if you can eat, get your money’s worth.
The lunch was pretty decent to satisfy our hunger – simply cooked in spices and that’s about it. I am now trying my level best to highlight something great but there weren’t’ anything solid and concrete about the flavors, including the two meaty side dishes – mutton curry and attu kudal/goat intestine curry.
No doubt chewing the meat didn't test the strength of our teeth, yet basically just average – lacked the spiciness which is a must for me. My lunch companion polished off everything. He is one of those who can eat to glory and that was a blessing because I took it easy. I drank the tea tarik, paid around RM35.00 and as we walked back to the car park, we spoke about the food and whether it was worth the price.nava-k's facebook page for other lifestyle contents.