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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Food: Simply Mel's @ Bangsar South

Shortly before leaving on our Hong Kong / Macau trip, we had read about Simply Mel's in Bangsar South. We had wanted to make a trip there ever since but never got the chance, until the day after we arrived back from our trip, I decided to take mother there for dinner. 

Because I found it so wonderful with so many other dishes to try, I promptly made this the next Sunday night dinner venue. =D  

This post only houses the things we ate on Sunday night though, because Wendy wasn't with us the first time so no one took photos. =P

Simply Mel's can be found on the first floor of The Sphere in Bangsar South. The floor and ceiling might not be extensively done up inside, but it does have a few unique touches that make it more than just another minimalist design. 

An extra large painting of early Melaka days hangs on the wall. A well-arranged corner looks extremely inviting on a lazy afternoon with a few cups of coffee. It all adds to the rustic charm of Simply Mel's. =)

The atmosphere may promote laziness and relaxation, but the chefs definitely don't take it easy in the kitchen! Starting off the list of dishes is Mel's 'Devil' Curry (RM 12.90 for regular serving) - debal curry with chicken and lightly fried potato wedges swathed in a fiery concoction of chilli, onions, galangal, lemon grass and mustard seeds.

It was particularly ironic for us to discover this dish because Bryan had been telling us all about it in Macau, about how this was an authentic Macanese/Portugese dish. Well, turns out Devil's Curry actually originates from Melaka! So we stand corrected.

At Simply Mel's, the flavor is as spicy as the "Devil" in it's name! But while common advice is "don't play with fire", this is one fiery dish we recommend to everyone! A real Melaka Portugese meal can't be complete without a serving of this Devil Curry. =D

I guess I'm doing things a bit differently this time by starting off with all the meat first. This is the Chicken Curry Captain (RM 12.90 for regular), a sweetish and spicy onion-based dry curry housing tender pieces of chicken thigh. This is not as fiery as the Devil Curry, yet by no means less fearsome! 

Not content with just chicken, we continued on our quest for meat with this Mutton Curry Seccu (RM18.90), another dry curry this time cooked with local mutton. As you can tell, all the meat dishes we had were curries; there are however some options that are non-spicy in nature like the Chicken Pongteh, but overall still not many. While all the meat was good and tasty, after awhile it did feel like the Devil Curry was overpowering all the rest! Something to take note of perhaps?

Moving on to more simpler dishes, we had French Beans (RM 9.90), stir fried with egg and tofu. Nothing too special or fancy here; but definitely a great way to balance out all the spice we were having that night. A good sense of homecooking comes with this dish. =)

But one veggie is never enough of course! We also had Terung Sambal (RM 9.90), pan fried aubergines covered in Mel's special sambal and dried prawns. While the French beans were a bit ordinary, these aubergines were certainly something special. Wendy liked this a lot.

And last but not least, we decided to try some fish. Here is the Chuan Chuan (seasonal price depending on the fish) which is Mel's catch of the day, deep fried and nicely doused in Nyonya styled 'taucheu' sauce.

I've read other reviews that have given glowing reports of this dish. While I don't dispute them, I do feel like this is not worth as much praise as it's been getting. Although the taste was good, I'll say it's better to head back to Chinese restaurants for good fish based on the price we had to pay and the size of fish we got. There are other seafood options on the menu, so do give those a try too!

L-R: Ice Lemon Tea (RM 3.50), Soyabean (RM 3.50), Homemade Jelly Rose Syrup (RM 5.90)
All in all, it was yet another delightful meal at Simply Mel's. Heading there twice in a week might have been a bit overdoing the curry though (you have been warned!). This place is definitely on our list of eateries to revisit, and is especially good for those after-work weekdays for a more simple meal. =)

Oh! I mustn't forget that Simply Mel's stocks The Last Polka ice-cream too! A fantastic choice, since they make extremely authentic ice-cream. If the box says Nutella, you can bet your bottom dollar that's the flavour you're going to taste! We rounded off our dinner with the Salted Gula Melaka (RM 6.80) and Nutella (RM 8.80) flavours. Perfect way to end a good (fiery) dinner!


Simply Mel's | Site
Unit 1-1A, 1st Floor, The Sphere,
No. 1, Avenue 1, Bangsar South,
No. 8, Jalan Kerinchi,
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 2241 4525
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am-10pm

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