Lot L1-15, first floor,
IOI City Mall, IOI Resort City,
Tel: 03-8328 0209
Business hours: 10am-10pm daily.
RELISH is just the place for those who enjoy Malaysian delicacies yet prefer a cafe setting instead of a roadside stall.
Its contemporary furniture, Malaysian-inspired vintage wall displays and antiques make a perfect backdrop for diners to take photos while waiting for their food to arrive.
Restaurant brand manager Kwan Lynn-ee said they try to do things differently at Relish.
“We want to present traditional recipes in a different way while retaining the taste.
“We focus on the quality of the food,” she said, adding that they had garnered quite a number of regulars.
Relish, the latest addition to The Chicken Rice Shop (TCRS) group, was first introduced on Aug 29 last year in Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang, and the restaurant at IOI City Mall is its second one.
The Nyonya Nasi Ulam with Ayam Percik (RM20.90) served with keropok lekor and salted egg is one of the signature dishes.
More than 20 ingredients are used to make this dish.
This was a personal favourite and the keropok lekor complemented the dish well.
Another popular Malaysian dish is the nasi lemak and here it is served with rendang ayam kunyit (RM18.90).
For something spicy, there’s the curry laksa (RM15.90), but Shanghai noodles are used instead, along with barbecued chicken and shrimp dumplings.
The Spicy Smoked Beef Pasta (RM15.90) is inspired by the Negri Sembilan recipe fordaging salai masak lemak cili api (spicy smoked beef). The spaghetti is served with smoked beef in a spicy turmeric coconut milk stew.
If rice and noodles are not your thing, you can opt for the Chicken Satay Burger (RM18.90), which is Relish’s take on satay.
The satay is presented in the form of chicken thigh with homemade satay sauce made of peanut butter to lend a modern touch.
All the ingredients, including cucumber and cheese, are sandwiched between bamboo charcoal sesame seed buns.
The onion that is usually served with satay comes in the form of onion rings. It is also served with keropok lekor.
This is also another favourite of mine which scored points for its flavour, presentation and creativity.
Local desserts included bubur cha cha (RM6.90) and yam cake with homemade chilli sauce (RM11.50).
I was a tad apprehensive with the yam cake as the ones I have tried at roadside stalls contain more flour than yam; but I was glad this was not the case at Relish.
Those who enjoy the king of fruits can try the durian pancake (RM11.50) and durian cendol (RM9.20).
Another Malaysian favourite available here is the Penang rojak.
There is also a Malaysian twist added to its signature coffees such as the Gula Melaka Latte (RM11) and Gula Melaka Affogato (RM10).
Both were well worth the sleepless night I had later and I would gladly returned for another cuppa.
There is also the Mocha Latte (RM11) and loose leaf teas such as Moroccan Mint Green Tea.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by Star Metro.