A lazy Sunday lunch excursion in Brickfields turned into a banana leaf food massacre at no-frills-but seriously good Vishal’s.
To say we were spoilt for choice would be a gross understatement.
Do not let its humble, old-school, mess-like, canteen-feel appearance fool you. The place looks very salt-of-the-earth and seems to be patronised by locals only. Yet, beneath that veneer of no-frills dining lies anything but simple food. The amount of dishes and taste of each dish was brilliant. Fantastic spread of dishes, quality food and enough flavours to knock you into food comatose at really reasonable prices.
You know the food is truly something when everyone’s mouths are moving yet no words can be heard throughout the table.
We had the basic banana leaf set each (additional rice) with kickass dishes of lamb varuval, lamb cutlets, chicken varuval, fried chicken, fried fish, sambal petai, rasam, fried ikan bulus and double servings of awesomely thick and gooey bone marrow curry – all for only RM19 per pax! Puts all the fancy big-named banana leaf outlets to shame (yes I’m lookin at you, Nirwana, Kanna and Lotus).
The only way to properly enjoy a plate of banana leaf: on an actual banana leaf, flooded in a medley of curries and scooped up with soaked-fingers.
Extremely value for money. Quality of the dishes and sheer explosion of spices really packs a punch but is light on the wallet. And now for the inevitable banana leaf-induced coma to kick in … 1 sheep varuval, 2 sheep varuval, 3 shee..zzzzzzzz
Pricing: 10/10 – extremely value for money relative to its quality and taste
Quality: 8.5/10 – delicious to the last drop
Environment: 7/10 – nothing to complain about. typical old school banana leaf outlet
Service: 7/10 – nothing to shout about either. normal service.
Location: 7/10 – located in the heart of Brickfields. may get jammed on a busy day but otherwise relatively accessible area.
Comeback Factor: very big YES