Someplace new…

This restaurant isn’t exactly new. In fact, they opened this branch in 2018 but we never dropped by to give it a try. I did have a look inside once and I told my friend, the manager of the adjoining hotel in that same building, that they only had those big 10-seater Chinese banquet tables and there would only be the three of us. “Go ahead!” she said. “They have people to clean and wash everything once you’re done!” So far, we never did even though it is located pretty near where I live. As they say, so near, yet so far!

That evening, however, Sunday, we decided that we would go there for dinner to celebrate my girl’s birthday – the three of us with my sister and my brother-in-law and his wife, six of us altogether so I went two days earlier to book a table and order the dishes from their very elaborate menu.

Of course, we had to start with the longevity noodles, the mee sua, fried…

…served with the “golden eggs” by the side and much to everyone’s delight, it was very nice, nicer than any that we had had elsewhere before. My sister-in-law kept praising it for it was not oily at all, a nice change from the usual that we had been served.

When they served the next dish…

…I was bewildered for a while as I was pretty sure that I did not order any pickled jellyfish but my sister said that was their Thai-style chicken. She was here not too long ago with some of her friends and they had this dish which they all enjoyed to the max. She kept telling me to order that, adding that she was sure my girl would love it…and so she did and everybody else.

My sister also had a very nice pork rib dish but she could not remember what it was like. I asked the lady in charge at the counter at the restaurant and she suggested two, both their signature dishes. There was a rack of ribs in one dish but I felt that was a bit too much for us to finish so I settled for the other alternative…

…instead, also a very popular signature dish of theirs, served with their very nice pickled jellyfish by the side.

The lady said that they would cut the rack of ribs into individual pieces and there would be six pieces altogether, just right for the six of us. From the way she was gesturing using her fingers, I expected the ribs to be finger-sized but it turned out to be much bigger…

– at least, double the size of what I had imagined.

It did not really matter really as it was so very nice and unlike the rack, this was their pai kut ong (spare ribs in Hokkien) so there were no bones and hardly any fat, mostly lean…

I also ordered their steamed cod fish…

I saw a photograph of the dish in their Facebook page where they had a thin slice of the fish (like the one we had not too long ago), steamed on one half of the plate and another slice, deep-fried, on the other side. The lady said that that would be for 10 people so I told her that just one slice would be enough for the six of us and I asked for it to be steamed.

I was stunned when the fish was served as we got a slab so big that there would probably be enough for six slices, no less! Gee, I thought to myself, this dish alone would cost a bomb as we paid around RM70.00 for that thin slice that we had the other day. I guess it did not matter one bit as it was to celebrate my girl’s birthday and birthdays come but once a year. We did manage to finish around half of it and asked for the rest of it to be packed for us to take home.

My girl loved this broccoli with four types of fresh mushrooms…

…a lot! She always enjoys mushrooms and would buy them ever so often when she was studying in Wellington, New Zealand – they have all kinds of varieties there and can be quite affordable during their weekend promotions.

She also enjoyed the sea cucumber soup…

…a lot more than what we had had elsewhere because of the addition of crab meat in it. She said that it made the soup taste like sharks’ fins soup that she loved so much (and would have at least two helpings everytime) before it became taboo to add it to any menu at a restaurant.

The total for all the aforementioned dishes came up to RM220.00 altogether and seeing how everyone was in agreement that the food served here was top-notch and they would love to come again, it sure was worth it unlike that year in 2020 when we celebrated my girl’s birthday at the sparkling new restaurant. The food was disappointing and on the whole, it was a lot more expensive – of course, we never stepped in that place ever again after that!

The GRAND WONDERFUL RESTAURANT is right beside the GRAND WONDERFUL FOOD COURT (2.309601, 111.845163)…

…to the left, in that same building where the GRAND WONDERFUL HOTEL is located, along Jalan Pipit, off Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai, on your right. You can also go in via Jalan Pipit from Jalan Pahlawan – go straight ahead till you get to it on your left.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

10 thoughts on “Someplace new…”

  1. Hi Arthur, sorry for coming back lately… too much going on… never really had the time to log in and blog.. .hahaha…
    Firstly, Happy Belated Birthday to Melissa and wishing her more great and happy years ahead!
    Secondly, I am drooling over the food above… all looks so good… ribs, fish, soup and all! Missing these here…

    Thanks for the birthday wishes.
    Glad to see you here, always glad to have you around.
    No worries, limited Asian food there but you have lots of all the rest. So much to enjoy
    .

  2. All 6 yummy dishes for RM220 for 6 persons is indeed a good deal. Love all the dishes. How much is that big slab of fish? The flesh looks thick and juicy. I bet this will be another add to your list restaurant. Indeed a delightful birthday dinner.

    They did not itemise the dishes in the receipt, just gave the overall total for the food and I did not ask how much the fish was.
    Yes, can’t wait to go back there again to try some more of their dishes.

  3. A scrumptious birthday dinner. Love all the dishes. Drooling over the Thai style chicken and pork ribs. Big piece of steamed cod fish. Price reasonable.

    A bit expensive compared to our usual but worth it because all the dishes were really good.

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