Warung Prima, Life Centre
September 2, 2018
We've never really had kunyit cravings before, but Warung Prima could completely change that: This new venue takes its turmeric-tinged recipes seriously, serving some of the most satisfying sotong goreng kunyit, ayam goreng kunyit, ikan goreng kunyit and daging goreng kunyit in KL's city centre, plus a few pretty special surprises, offered in a friendly, fuss-free setting with its very own mural that marvellously splices kampung life with cosmopolitan scenes to weave together its own story.
Warung Prima's founders launched this space with a mission to dish out good food at fair prices in a clean environment - they've succeeded on every count.
The bestsellers are the fried turmeric squid (RM12 as a set with a lemon tea beverage) and chicken (RM10 also as a set) in single-plate meals rounded out with white rice, a fried egg, vegetables and chilli sauce. Portion-wise, perfect for a workday lunch.
Each component is excellent, a testament to the thoughtful preparation - for example, the squid and the chicken are fried in small batches with fresh oil throughout business hours. The chicken includes a mix of dark-meat parts for a better balance of juicy bits. Also, the protein is cooked separately from the fibre - the result is chicken and squid that remain crisp to the bite, tender to the chew, nicely complemented by non-greasy carrots and long beans.
Even the egg is irreproachable, with a creamy, runny yolk and moderately frilly edges.
Though the sotong and ayam are our runaway favourites, the ikan kembung (RM11 in a set) and daging lembu (RM11 in a set) uphold the assurance of quality - throughout each serving, the turmeric makes its unmistakable mark, imparting that signature golden-yellow hue and pleasantly aromatic dimensions of fragrance and flavour.
For lighter eaters, each dish is also available in lower-priced a la carte servings without the egg and beverage. You can also have the protein as an add-on - the chicken on its own, for example, costs RM4.
Warung Prima is also attempting to expand the horizons of kunyit offerings - the restaurant recently introduced its own unique creations of telur masin kunyit squid (RM13) and telur masin kunyit chicken (RM11), which both taste distinctively delicious, beautifully blending the nuances of salted egg yolk and turmeric, richer in taste and more moist in texture than the basic kunyit preparation.
Also newly available: Nasi Lemak Kunyit, which we've not managed to sample, but it looks and sounds pretty promising too.
All in all, Warung Prima is a terrific choice for casual eats in the surroundings of KLCC; it's the kind of place where regulars will return week after week. Finish your meal here with a simple doughnut dessert topped with ice cream.
Many thanks to Warung Prima for having us.
B1-01, Lower Ground Floor, Life Centre, Jalan Perak, City Centre, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Open Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm; Friday, 8am-10pm; Saturday, 11am-10pm. Tel: 011-2660-1332