ORD lo! I'm finally over and done with NS! However, that also means I have no more income to finance my food-hunting and need a job real soon. Before that, just let me relax and enjoy awhile as a civilian.
I heard about this long-time Nasi Padang Cafe in Hotel Rendezvous which was reputated for their spread of Nasi Padang. My mom's friend who happened to be an Indonesian, knew about it too and thus brought us there for a weekday lunch.
The ambience was very old-time cafe with marble top tables and wooden chairs. You have to pick your choice of ingredients at the counter before settling down. I arrived quite early but soon the lunch crowd started to fill the place.
One of the favourite items on the menu. The rendang sauce was not too spicy but chokeful of flavour, very appetising and goes well with rice. The beef was also simmered to tenderness with a well balance of tendon and lean meat.
Chicken Rendang, Curry Chicken
The chicken was not particuarly outstanding, with your usual choice of thigh or breast meat. The curry sauce failed to stand out too.
The sotong was at least cooked to decency with a tender chew and not too rubbery. Although the rendang sauce was the same throughtout, it complemented every dish well. That's my primary purpose for visiting after all!
Each piece was about the size of a child's fist. The potatao was nicely mashed with some solid bits to nibble on. They added some minced chicken into it for additional texture. My mom's friend said the real lavish versions had shrimps or minced beef in them! Mmmmmm...
Brinjal with Chilli
Just a normal homecook dish with their in-house chilli sauce. Nothing to rave about, except that it wasn't overcooked and remained a firm texture.
Mixed vegetables of the day
For more types of vegetables, you can choose this one which came in green curry sauce. Sweeter and even less spicy, it was a nice change from the rendang sauce.
Also, we had two of their speciality Chendol which was very suited to my mom's flavour, as it had heavy dosage of coconut milk and sugar. Too bad I forgot to take a picture of it!
Total bill for 4 was a whooping 80plus after 15% OUB credit card discount. Personally i felt that though the quality was good, it was definitely not worth the money. Most items (except the vegetables) were priced at per piece, which resulted in a portion of beef ($3.90) and chicken ($7.80) Rendang multiplied by 4. Maybe it's due to the location and reputation that it was priced such way. Overpriced? Overated? Or justified? It's your call!