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Saturday June 2, 2007
Relax and dine at this charming Balinese-themed restaurant nestled in sleepy Kg Sg Penchala.
By JOLEEN LUNJEW
Kg Sg Penchala
For reservations, please contact (03) 7726 0964
Driving along the busy Penchala Link, one would never imagine that a charming Balinese-themed restaurant , is nestled in quiet Kampung Sg Penchala, just a stone’s throw away from Taman Tun Dr Ismail. The unusual location proves to be a success as customers love the peaceful natural surroundings and ample parking of this cosy outlet.
Suhaili Abdul Wahab, Bora Asmara’s manager, said that they opened their doors to the public early May. “The management decided on the Balinese concept as Bali is very dear to them and they wanted to share this magical place with everybody. The restaurant was designed and built with a lot of love.”
For those who fancy Thailand’s celebrated dish, Bora Asmara offers tom yam with coconut milk. Expect to find huge prawns in the Seafood Tom Yam. The Mango Kerabu was equally tasty, served with crisp pieces of fresh fish.
There is also a fair variety of western and pasta dishes like the usual Fish N’ Chips, steaks and lamb. Grilled Caribbean Chicken is their signature western dish. I found the Fettucine Carbonara cooked light with just the right amount of cream.
Bora Asmara is proud of their Ethnic Drinks which include the Bandrek, an Indonesian spiced ginger tea which acts as a soothing night cap, and Lemongrass Chiller, a refreshing Balinese drink.
For caffeine addicts, try their delightful Cafe Mocha, a fine blend of Bora-Bora’s espresso Bellagio Turaffle chocolate with steamed and frothed milk. You may enjoy your drinks with Cuban Cigars also available.
Suhaidi, together with three other friends, play golden oldies and lively Spanish beats that make you want to get up and dance. “We’ve had a 75-year old grandmother dancing to our tunes just the other night,” said the cheeky, energetic lad. They can play songs in many languages on their double bass, acoustic guitar, saxophone, conga and percussion. Picha-Picha performs every night except Sundays. The management is even thinking of organising a Poco-Poco line dancing night as there is ample space within the compound.
Art enthusiasts will be happy to know that Itu-Ini Artshop, carrying Balinese crafts and contemporary Balinese paintings by young Balinese artists, will be opening soon within the compound. Samples of the paintings are hung around Villa Cinta, a separate area catered for large group reservations and private functions.
Prices are reasonable, about RM8 a dish. Lunch buffet is available from 11am – 3pm in the dining room and offers local, western, Chinese, Indian and fusion dishes. Dessert, punch, coffee and tea are also included for a promotional price of RM25 nett per person. Promotion period is until end June. The outlet is open for dinner from 6pm till 1am.
Bora Asmara can be booked for corporate/private functions, product launches, annual dinners, cocktail receptions, buffets, parties and wedding receptions.
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