Day 96: Jiran Cafe @ Wangsa Maju
Jiran means neighbour. Very appropriately named as it is right in the middle of a housing area. As such you can just imagine the parking issue you will have when dining here. We have drove past this restaurant plenty of time but never thought of giving it a go until today.
We had a family dinner to have a little celebration for Daddy’s birthday. Jiran Cafe is a budget friendly restaurant that serves western food and a few local cuisine. The decor is outdated but I really love the pizza making area at the front of the restaurant. The lighting is too dim and everything just looks really tacky and old.
I ordered the Chef’s Mix Grill which had a piece of chicken, a tiny piece of lamb chop and a huge piece of sausage with black pepper sauce poured all over it, a side of coleslaw, mash potatoes, corn on cob and a tiny portion of penne pasta with tomato sauce. That is a lot of different flavour and texture going on in one plate. Does it all go together? NO. Firstly, What is the point of the pasta? There were literally just 4 pieces of penne with a table spoon of tomato sauce. The pasta was undercook and the tomato sauce was just basic tomato sauce. Coleslaw tasted exactly like the ones you get from KFC which I never particularly enjoy. Mash was decent with an original brown gravy on it and my dad loved my corn on cob. He took everyone’s corn on cob. The lamb was tiny which is understandable as lamb is expensive in Malaysia. It was well done of course being that thin and small. It was not tough and it was seasoned well. The sausage was definitely not grilled despite the dish being called mix grilled and it was cold! So obvious that they pre-cooked everything beforehand. The grilled chicken was delicious – well seasoned and THE ONLY THING ON THE PLATE THAT WAS HOT. The black pepper gravy was decent. Not too peppery like most places.
My sister had the fish and chips. She was torn between the seafood platter and the fish and chips. When asked what the seafood platter consist of, the waiter answered fish. Confused my sister then confirm if there was any other seafood in the seafood platter. The waiter said “No, just fish”. My biggest pet peeve is when my waiter does not have a clue about the menu and the food that they serve. Anyway, when the fish and chips came, I had a bite of course. The fish was dry. The batter was overcook that it was too crunchy. Our search for the best Fish and Chips in Malaysia shall continue on.
My parents shared between them the half roasted chicken. Their food was not warm! Although the chicken breast was still moist, it was also cold. They couldn’t even bother putting it back in the over for a couple of minutes to heat it up. Nonetheless, it goes well with the black pepper sauce. A decent roast dinner. Would have been much better if it was warm. It came with the same sides as my Mix Grilled. Yes, even with the 4 pieces of penne and tomato sauce.
Enough moaning, lets get to the good stuff and there was only one thing that we enjoyed the most tonight. The must try food at Jiran Cafe has to be their pizzas. They are homemade, delicious, thin crust pizzas. Although the flavour options are limited, they are worth a try. Will definitely come back just for the pizzas. The base was nice and crunchy, the tomato sauce was generously spread all over the pizza and the cheese were stringy and heavenly. Our beef pepperoni pizza was gone in a split second.
The service was fast. But I honestly would rather they take some time to heat up the food than to have my food so fast on the table but cold. Do something whole heartedly I say. They can be a bit more friendlier too, and pay more attention to the customers. Yes it was a busy night, but it doesn’t hurt to just smile and not sigh when customers ask about the menu. I was not expecting much from this restaurant as the food was really cheap. You get what you pay for. But I must say, I was blown away by the pizza.
Ambiance: 4 out of 10
Food: 4 out of 10
Service: 3 out of 10
No 23 Jalan 3/27D
Seksyen 6 Wangsa Maju
54200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 013-369 9436