THIS week, we take a look at an upmarket Nasi Padang outlet in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

But before I proceed, I would like to thank you readers for sending in some awesome suggestions on where to makan in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya.

Your feedbacks are highly appreciated.

I would also like to give mention to reader K.T. Goh, a regular follower of my column who spoke about having a bad experience at a claypot rice stall in Sri Petaling.

Goh said the stall, which I was supposed to have reviewed, was dirty and the foreign workers there were not cooperative.

And after some fact-finding, the article was written by someone else. Truly, a case of mistaken identity.

Okay, moving on, I made a trip to Bagindo Nasi Padang (GPS N 03 08 545, E 101 37 764) in Jalan Datuk Sulaiman near Taman Tun Dr Ismail with my buddy Zakri ‘Billy’ Baharuddin to savour the Indonesian dishes offered there.

On first impression, this is a place where the ‘who’s who’ of Taman Tun would have their makan.

The place is clean with cosy interior decor and everything that we saw showed that the restaurant is for the upmarket crowd.

Billy and I placed our orders for rice as well as some vegetable and meat dishes.

We had ikan LeLe (fried catfish), paru goreng (fried cow’s lung slices), gulai kikil (beef tendon), chili hijau (green chilly sauce), ayam goreng and pucuk ubi rebus (boiled tapioca leaves).

Speaking of quality, the food here is quite good.


Trendy spot: Restoran Nasi Padang Bagindo is fast becoming a hotspot in the neighbourhood

Noteworthy is the paru goreng which is crunchy and tasty.

The only beef Billy had with this place was the pricing.

“Eh Samo, this place is for trying out la, I still think the Nasi Padang place in Kampung Medan is cheaper and better,” he commented.

Pricing wise, Nasi Padang Bagindo gets a 1.5 out of 10 on the ‘Billy-scale’.

Why? Because our lunch bill came up to RM55 for the entire spread.

So, with the stall in Taman Maju Jaya near Kampung Medan as the benchmark, my buddy was right with the exhorbitant price.

On the ‘Samo-scale’, I would give Bagindo 3.5 out of 10 on the quality of the food.

Having tasted some good Nasi Padang, particularly warung Pak Datuk in Dumai, Sumatera, I would say that the dishes served at Bagindo were tailored more for the local crowd.

If you want to try out this place, the landmark to lookout for is a row of second-hand office furniture shops in Jalan Datuk Sulaiman and for tech-savy folk, get your directions through Google Maps.

This makan places opens daily except on Wednesdays.

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