Friday, October 4, 2013

Warung Bumbu

Ahhh!! Almost forgotten this portal - too many posts stuck in the Draft section T_T. So - I've been craving for Malay food.. As we had some errands to run, we had to find a restaurant in this area for quick lunch. Also, to satisfy cravings just before I pop out of London... This restaurant is about 5 minutes walk from Clapham Junction station. We were greeted by a very nice Malay lady. This place is rather quiet during lunch hours..

 The sambal udang was not the typical Malaysian style, perhaps this is the Indonesian style sambal udang. We asked for extra super spicy for all dishes - chilli is quite laughable in London.. Never trust when they say it's spicy. It got pretty spicy towards the end of the meal. The dish is a little too wet, I expected fragrant and dry, maybe thick sambal but this sauce is a little diluted. Nevertheless, you'd like it if you're a "must have gravy on rice" person.

 Ayam bumbu rujak - oh the grilled flavours are extremely strong, topped with coconut gravy, some spices and fresh chilli. I would actually prefer if the sauce is served separately, as the chicken would turn soggy very quickly if it's soaked in sauce. Apart from that, it was all good, chicken is crispy on the outside and tender inside, sauce is flavourful but not very spicy unless it is eaten along with the fresh chilli.

Tumis kangkung - Something I didn't really enjoy. Don't really know whats wrong, just felt that the flavours were not that strong, just like any typical fried vegetable with minimal use of onion, chilli, something sourish - lime perhaps?, garlic? But anyway, the vege is a little too plain. It's not too bad for the price of £4.25 actually, it's not easy to find a place that serves such portion without charging at least £6.

They have lunch deals as well, can't remember what the deal was as I was not quite keen to get any of it. I do miss having good Perkedel (potato patties)... Maybe I'll try it again another time. Not too bad place if you're missing some local food back home. Maybe I should visit a proper Nyonya Malaysian restaurant instead of an Indonesian restaurant to satisfy my "cravings for local food back home"... :P

Book your table here.

Warung Bumbu
196 Lavender Hill,
SW11 1JA London
United Kingdom
020 7924 1155

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