NOTHING quite warms the heart and fills the stomach than a good meal of briyani with all the trimmings.
Our first exploration of the city’s supper hangouts takes us to Suzi’s Corner in Ampang.
Well-known for its variety of food, the food court-style eatery offers everything from local favourites, including its much touted briyani, to Western delights.
During a recent trip, my colleague and I ordered the mutton briyani.
Now, speaking of value for money, I could not ask more.
While the RM25 price tag might seem steep, the huge portion makes up for it.
A single serving easily satisfies two people, and allows for tummy space to try the other offerings at Suzi’s.
Served in a claypot with two types of gravy, the long-grained basmati rice was soft and fluffy. To find the true treasure, dig a little deeper.
Buried at the bottom of the claypot were huge chunks of mutton which were cooked with plenty of spices.
The combination of tender meat and rice made for a wholly satisfying meal.
Not to be outdone, the cheese naan was pretty good too.
It came with two side dishes that complemented the bread; chicken kimma and a spicy potato dish.
Owner Karthi Tandaibani credited the restaurant’s popularity to its original owner, his mother Leela Subramaniam.
“She started out selling chapati at a stall before expanding the business. She first started along Jalan Ampang in 1983 before moving to our current location a year later.
“It is her recipes that continue to bring people here,” he said.
No visit to Suzi’s Corner is complete without trying out the Western options at Steak Hut.
A perfectly cooked steak can be hard to find. But finding one that does not burn a hole in your pocket is an even rarer thing.
While I might choose to indulge in a juicy and tender hunk of meat, my go-to place is usually the Steak Hut.
We opted for the sizzling tenderloin steak (RM36) with brown sauce, and served with bread.
The steak had a good char and was worth the price. One handy tip is to order your sauce on the side so that the meat is not drenched in it.
When visiting, keep in mind that as there are several stalls, you need to order and pay for your food and drinks from the different operators separately.
While the food is great, remember this is a no frills dining destination. Do not too much of its ambience or instagrammable decor, apart from the sound of traffic.
Suzi’s Corner is open daily from 5pm to 5am, while Steak Hut operates from 6pm to 11pm and is closed on Tuesdays.
The outlet is located at the intersection of Jalan Ampang and Jalan Ulu Kelang.