SEREMBAN is famed for its delicious hawker fare such as Hakka mee, siew pau and beef noodles.
However, when it comes to less casual dining options, there are few in the city.
The Glam Lounge Restaurant at My Fame Hotel (formerly City Kingdom) aims to change that with its repertoire of glammed-up Asian and Western dishes served in a sparkly setting.
Saravanan Subramaniam, who owns and manages My Fame Hotel and The Glam Lounge Restaurant, said his wife coined the restaurant’s name.
“We love trying new food and wanted to bring a little bit of glamour to the Seremban dining scene.
“We offer familiar flavours presented in a stylish setting,” he said, adding that hotel guests were entitled to a 10% discount at the restaurant.
The “glam” factor starts with the restaurant’s decor which features walls with shimmering silver panels and ceilings adorned with chandeliers.
The extensive menu of over 50 dishes, ranging from rice sets to pizza, does not disappoint.
While there are plans to tweak the menu every few months, the current list will please most palates.
Signature items include Glam Kampung Fried Rice (RM32.90), an update on a classic, served with chicken satay and crispy fried chicken wings.
Glam Nasi Ayam Penyet (RM25.90) is an elegant plating of the Indonesian street favourite.
The dish showcases fluffy basmati rice with a crispy chicken leg quarter, served with dainty bowls of sambal belado, sambal hijau, fresh ulam and clear chicken soup.
On the Western front, the chef’s recommendations include Carbonara (RM24.90) which has coils of spaghetti in a creamy carbonara sauce topped with smoked duck slices and parmesan cheese, and Chicken Lasagna (RM24.90), pasta layered with cheese and minced chicken sauce.
What makes these dishes stand out is their presentation and attention to detail. This is a source of pride for chef Mohd Zainal Omar who heads the restaurant’s kitchen.
The Sabahan, better known as Jay, has over 20 years’ experience in hotel restaurants.
“We want guests to get value for money, hence the generous portions with extra accompaniments like satay and fried chicken.
“Quality is also important and most of the gravies and sauces are house-made.”
The restaurant’s Glam Rice Set for lunch and dinner, ranging from RM15.90 to RM20.90, serve selections such as Classic Chicken Rendang and Butter Prawn with extras like garden salad and clear chicken soup.
Try the Ayam Masak Lemak Cili Api set, a spicy homage to the state’s Minang cuisine. It offers basmati rice and succulent chicken cooked in a creamy gravy studded with bird’s eye chilli.
From the Asian Wok section are stir-fried rice and noodles.
Those who like it hot will enjoy the Special Fried Rice Pedas Gilerrr, extra spicy fried rice enhanced with dried and bird’s eye chilli.
While there are several vegetarian items, Jay and his team are happy to accommodate those with dietary restrictions.
The menu includes a Kiddo’s Corner with options such as Kid’s Pineapple Fried Rice (RM12.90) and Crispy Chicken Burger (RM12.90).
For dessert, try Creme Brulee, Lava Cake and Chocolate Brownie (RM12.90 each).
THE GLAM LOUNGE RESTAURANT, Ground Floor, My Fame Hotel, Seremban-Bukit Nenas Highway, Taman AST, Seremban. (Tel: 06-762 8885). Business hours: 7am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm. Pork-free.