Bunga Emas @ Royale Chulan

June 16, 2009

Malay fine-dining is becoming like "cendawan lepas hujan" in the city. Bunga Emas is the latest member of a crowded family comprising Bijan, Enak, The 39 Restaurant and Ibunda.

It's still extremely quiet here, probably due to lack of publicity. But service is courteous and the food is good, even though the menu lacks sufficient variety.

Ulam with sambal belacan, sambal colik and acar buah. The spices certainly aren't toned down; the sambal belacan ignited our tastebuds like wildfire.

A tasty rice platter comprising nasi briyani, ayam mentega jintan (chicken in butter cumin gravy), daging masak cabai kayu manis (braised beef tenderloin in spiced cinnamon gravy), rusuk kambing masala (baked lamb saddle in masala gravy) and ikan botok kelapa (steamed fish in coconut chilli wrapped in turmeric leaves).

Ciku Gulung (ciku strudel with macadamia ice cream). This fusion dish might infuriate purists, but how could one not enjoy this? It's ciku!

Thankfully, alcohol is available (only wine though, no cocktails).

Bunga Emas,
Royale Chulan Hotel.