I'd heard much about the famed Suchan Deli, the old one in Section 13, four-time winner of Malaysia's Best Restaurant and home to many a delectable dessert.
One Saturday evening, I made up my mind (one of those rare occasions that my mind is made up on dinner, just ask Adam. Usually it's "dunno la", "anything la", "you choose la" :p) that we would have dinner there, and off we went in search of the new branch in The Curve.
When we arrived at nearly 7pm, the place was empty. Granted, it was in an obscure location (on the upper floors connecting The Curve to e@curve/formerly know as Cineleisure) but it was a little off-putting because I had expected at least a few diners given their reputation. Brushing it off, we studied the menu and were soon ready to order.
We were hungry, so we started off with ordering the Fried Calamari Rings (RM 8) and when it arrived, we were rather disappointed. The portion was paltry for the price we were paying and the 5 calamari rings we got unfortunately tasted nothing more than what you could have found in the frozen section of a supermarket.
I had the Nasi Kerabu (RM 20) which was white rice served with beef rendang, salted egg, serunding and cucumber (acar-like) salad topped with a few pieces of papadam. It was ordinary at most - the rice was too clumpy and the beef rendang whilst tasty, could have been more tender. I couldn't help but wish that they'd served the papadam separately as it wasn't crunchy anymore due to the steam from the hot rice :(
The Nasi Kerabu also came with a serving of devil's chicken curry. This certainly packed a mean punch! Spicy, fiery and tangy at the same time, this hit a few right spots, but unfortunately the chicken was a bit too stringy to enjoy properly.
Adam had the Peranakan (also RM 20); rice with Nyonya fried chicken, otak-otak, gado-gado, cencalok and papadam. Again, we felt it was nothing spectacular. :( For a little bit extra money, I would actually rather visit Madam Kwan's or Serai for local delights like this.
His Peranakan dish also came with a serving of chap chai lemak (mixed vegetables in creamy coconut) which was mildly satisfying. It wasn't spicy, and it had good flavour, undoubtedly thanks to the stewed vegetables.
I don't usually favour berried desserts, but the success of Serai's Berry Pavlova had me craving for more so the Pavlova it was! Again, I wasn't all that impressed as the meringue shells were too chewy, and didn't melt in my mouth (oh, that glorious feeling!). It just felt like a lazy effort to me after tasting Serai's.
For our other slice, we chose the Mascarpone Cheese which thankfully, was more satisfying. This was rich and silkily textured with chocolate bits embedded in the smooth cheese. Adam loved it, but I thought it could have been a lot sweeter. The two pieces of cake, with two cups of tea was called the Cupid Set and it came at RM 28.
Unfortunately, Suchan Deli didn't impress us very much and left us wondering what we missed. Did we order all the wrong things, or should we have tried the original Suchan Deli in Section 13? Or is it that with all the innovation and quality in our local F&B scene, Suchan Deli has some catching up to do? Let us know if you've had a great experience there! :)
LB-1, The Curve,
No. 6, Jalan PJU 7/3,
47810 Petaling Jaya,
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am-10pm