February 17, 2011
Alfresco dining at Kelana Jaya's lakeside is a placid, mosquito-free affair, mercifully.
Laila's might sound like a Malay restaurant, but booze is abundant here. Salsa classes and live musical performances are also a regular feature.
The menu's highlights are family recipes. Vee's Devil Curry was mild-tasting, without the spicy kick associated with this recipe. But that's not a terrible thing for those of us who aren't die-hard admirers of chillies.
Madam Lee's Chicken Pongteh. Worth ordering if you like Peranakan food. Seemed authentic, but not all that flavorful; like most of the pork-free dishes here, this is basic enough to be replicated at home.
Anni's Lamb Stew, cooked with Sarawak spices. Reasonably tender and robust-tasting meat, served with baked potatoes, carrots & coleslaw. But nope, Vee, Madam Lee & Anni weren't personally toiling in the kitchen.
All main courses come with rice. Helpful, since there's so much gravy.
Lake Dance (whisky, cherry brandy, cranberry juice, soda) & Galway Gray (vodka, creme de cacao white, triple sec, lime juice, whipped cream).