Published on June 6th, 2010 | by email2me14
A Journey To The Past At The Bird Restaurant Bandar Menjalara
This nostalgic little restaurant opened about 5 years ago and has never failed to win their customers over. When I first entered the restaurant I thought it looked old. But I was so wrong! It was meant to be that way to have the look and feel of the 40s. The pictures that they have hanging on the wall were collections from the owners since young. Pictures of renowned singers, actors and actresses from the local and international Chinese scenes and signages that you can see when our parents were young. It brought back memories of my childhood days and older, when ‘rediffusion’ was still in use. I was absolutely intrigued.
Elvis giving autograph to his fans back in 1960’s
James Dean ….. with autograph some more …. a piece of priceless picture
Old school food container
A bottle of antique sarsi drink
Those who are in their 40s and above would love this place for the ambiance and those who are younger would enjoy the food here. They have a small lil’ stage for karaoke sessions after 9pm. Before that the owners would sing Chinese and English songs from golden oldies and canto pop from 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. Can they sing?! Of course they can. One of the owners, Desmond Liew is one of the winners for Malaysia’s very own Astro Veteran Talent Quest. I enjoyed the food as well as the ambiance and singing! The other two owners Jimmy Liew, a local celebrity and James Leong, a famous hair stylist can sing too and the feeling that they give customers are a feeling of home and at ease, regardless of your age.
All three owners have a deep passion for music and food. You can feel it from their songs that they sing and the quality of the food that’s served. Most of the dishes are from Nyonya based home cook recipes and have been part of the Liew family for generations. They emphasis on quality as well as cooking and serving with a passion.
One of their most saleable drinks is the Cold Ampla with Assam Boi. Absolutely refreshing and the sweet & sour taste perks you up immediately after the first sip. The sourness also helps kick up a big appetite for the tasty meal to come.
This Glazed Coffee Chicken Wings came as an appetizer. It was sweet and tasty. Great taken immediately after it’s served. If the owner didn’t tell us, we won’t know coffee is one of its ingredients. Great skills at blending ingredients together. They have many more types of chicken wings but we can’t afford to try them all as we have more dishes coming our way.
This paku pakis (fiddleheads) dish was not on their menu but in their daily specials. The young shoots of the paku pakis was delicious as it was not oily like some from other places. The sambal belacan cooked with it was just nice and not too salty.
A favourite of mine, the Choy Boh (Pickled Vegetables) with Tofu. The choy boh is really tasty, great served with rice. The tofu is slightly crispy on the outside and soft inside. I walloped all the choy boh at the end ‘cos it’s simple yet delicious.
This dish is on their daily specials so please check with the waiters before ordering as this is a must try. The prawns are fresh and big, slightly spicy and very appetizing. I can taste a hint of prawn paste (har gou) in this dish.
This is a slightly spicy and sour chicken dish. The dry sauce covers every single piece of chicken. It tastes great with rice of just taken on its own and really appetizing.
A must order dish, especially if you intend to have a couple of beers whilst listening to the music. The batter of the fried squid (sotong) is crunchy, even after more than half hour. It never went soggy on us.
The batter is different from others with a special ingredient inside. The squid inside is also tender and juicy plus it is not oily at all.
The main dish came, a steamed fish in white tom yam style. One of their best sellers, the fish is really fresh and the sauce, you can almost drink it like good tom yam soup.
The dish is spicy, sour and delicious. Having it with rice really increases your appetite and I bet you can order more dishes after taking this.
Nyonya Curry Bee Hoon / Nyonya Laksa …… I let you judge on the taste after you taste it. We all love it so much and we can finish it even though we finish our rice.
The Bird Restaurant have more than 50 over dishes to choose from to tantalize your taste buds whether you are one who likes spicy and non spicy food. Another best seller of theirs, the curry fish head is a must try. They are pork free so you know what NOT to order when you’re there. They are packed during lunch as they serve individual set meals, very popular amongst the working crowd. If you plan on coming here for dinner on the weekends, please call to make a booking to enjoy the ambience inside the restaurant.
You can choose to duet with them on singing some 60’s songs. They can give you some guide on improving your singing skill.
I had a great time chit chatting with the owners and enjoyed the food there. Mind you, on your second visit, I’m sure one of the owners will recognize you by name. I’m already planning to bring my parents back here soon.
The Bird Restaurant
5, Jalan 3/62D,
Medan Putra, Business Center,
Bandar Menjalara, 55200,
GPS : N3 11.621 E101 37.502
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Tel: 03-6277 1453
Written By : Hoi Mamoru
Photography By : Ken Chan