MANY restaurants and food stalls in Petaling Jaya are known for their endless array of flavourful delights, however not all of these are clean in the eyes of the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).
“When it comes to service I have to applaud the Indian-Muslim restaurants or the mamak outlets for their excellent customer service,
“The moment you step into an outlet, a waiter will be at your table,” said Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain during the award presentation to Clean Food Premises in the city.
Mohd Azizi said he enjoyed eating out and always made it a point to observe the shop’s cleanliness.
“Whenever I go to a mamak restaurant, their table service is excellent but they lack in cleanliness and it an issue that needs to be looked into,” he said, adding that the city currently has 98 restaurants operating 24-hours a day.
These eateries, he said need to take a two-hour break daily to clean up their premises but not all were following MBPJ’s ruling.“We monitored 75 of the outlets and we found only 70% obeyed the ruling to close between 4am and 6am,
“The city council cannot be going to every outlet, daily, so we hope restaurant owners will be more proactive in wanting to keep their restaurants clean,” he said, urging Indian-Muslim operators to clean their premises regularly.
He said all areas in a restaurant should be kept clean at all times, not just the dining and kitchen area.
“If a customer enters your outlet and finds the toilet is dirty, it may deter them from ordering food from your restaurant,” he said, adding that customers who walk away after a bad experience would likely not return again.
At the event attended by restaurant owners and operators in Petaling Jaya, Mohd Azizi also shared with them his visit to a
rest and recreation stop near Bukit Jalil.
He had stopped over for a drink but when their orders arrived, his driver found a cockroach floating in his glass.
“My tea was okay but my driver’s teh ais wasn’t, we saw a cockroach floating in the drink. We will never go back there again,” he said before presenting awards to winners from eight categories.
Mohd Azizi also urged restaurant operators to ensure their kitchen staff and waiters were well groomed.
“Cleanliness and safety includes the people working for you. Nowadays, customers are more social media savvy and they can tarnish the name of your outlet overnight by posting photos of dirty restaurants on the Internet,” he said before presenting awards to 85 food premises.
The awards was introduced in 2010 and the city council wants it to be an annual affair.
It features 12 categories; air conditioned restaurants, non air conditioned restaurants, fast food outlets, restaurant in a shopping mall, 24-hour outlets, bakery, primary and secondary school canteens, hotels, privately managed food courts, MBPJ food stalls and stalls in MBPJ food complex.
“Next year, we may reduce the number of winners or focus on
just the top 20 cleanest outlets,” he said adding the winners would then be featured and promoted by MBPJ.
Winners in the non-air conditioned category were Kanna Curry House (Section 17), Raju Restaurant (Section 5), Ana Patin House (Mutiara Damansara), Thong Kee Sea Park, Strawberry Fields Cafe, Mohd Chan Kitchen (Dataran Glomac), Macha & Co (Kota Damansara), Next Station Restaurant, Devi’s Corner (Section 5), SS Gamelan, Ajmeer Curry House, and Hiong Seng Kitchen.
The bakery category saw only five winners; Baiwago Plus Cafe (SS2), La Bohemo One Utama, Bake & Brew , Kory (Starling) and Wondermilk while the air-conditioned restaurant category’s 12 winners were Hometown Hainan Coffee (Sea Park), Taj Briyani House, George Town (Jaya 33), Restaurant Sri Thai, Eatscape Cafe, Restaurant Ratha, Mum’s Place, Restaurant Sederhana, Stalkers Cafe, Vanilla Place Cafe, Restaurant Khatijah and Fei-Fei Crab.