Sent a friend to The Curve
after church last Sunday. It was still 3 hours before the weekly futsal game,
so decided to have lunch by myself at Damansara Uptown. After circling the area
twice, I set my eyes upon this Nasi Ayam Hailam Damansara Utama. What caught my
attention was actually the claim below their name, “Branch of Bukit Bintang”.
Now, most of you would know there are 2 famous Hailam (Hainanese) Chicken Rice restaurants
in Bukit Bintang. One of them is Nasi Ayam Hailam Chee Meng, and the other one
is the restaurant next to BB Plaza. So I thought to myself this must be good.
The big lunch crowd I saw
once I stepped in reinforced my positive feeling for this place, although I
remember how surprised I was to see about 80% of the crowd was made up of
Malays. A Malay waitress promptly came and took my order, and not long after
the food is served.
The oily rice came first, and it looked good. I have a habit
of eating the rice first before eating them with chicken, just to taste how
good or bad the rice is. I ate one spoonful of it, and it tasted very good.
Makes me even more excited to taste the steamed chicken.
And then everything went downhill from there. My jaw almost
dropped when the plate of chicken drumstick was put in front of me. It has to
be one of the most sorry-looking plate of chicken I have ever come across.
Instead of placing them nicely, the chicken pieces were just thrown on the
plate. And the chicken itself looked like they have been punched repeatedly,
and blue black bruises formed on the body.
The slightly uncooked part around the bones totally turned
me off as well. Not to mention the quite artificially looking skin around the
drumstick. It is a bit acceptable to sucks in presentation if the food is truly
tasty, but this is not!
It didn’t end there, as a sorry-looking bowl of soup was
served after that. The bowl looked like it has been in use since World War 2,
and the soup taste like it is made purely from MSG.
I forced myself to finish off everything before quickly
walked to the counter to pay. I have to pay RM7.20 for the very unsatisfying
meal. I was so unhappy and not satisfied, that I went to another eatery to have a second round of lunch, which I will post about it next time.
I will definitely recommend all of you NOT to try this one
out. Amazing how this eatery can survive in this area as there are numerous
other restaurants in Damansara Uptown. This Nasi Hailam Damansara Utama is an
insult to all Hainanese chicken rice, as well as all Hainanese around the world. Their only saving
grace is their oily rice. Heck, next time I might just go there and take away
the rice to eat with nicer Hailam chicken elsewhere, I mean anywhere.
Nasi Ayam Hailam Damansara Utama
Address: Jalan 21/37 (few shops away from 7 Eleven)
Damansara Uptown, 47400 Petaling Jaya.
Telephone: Don’t call them.