Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine is one of the bunch of highly-commercialised Nyonya restaurants cashing in on the tourist trade in Malacca. I'd never been impressed by any of the Nyonya restaurants I'd tried in Malacca (Nancy's Kitchen, Ole Sayang, Kocik, Nyonya Makko) and was hoping that the much talked-about Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine might be better. Turned out, it's pretty much over-rated. Also, for starters - it's a challenge trying to make a reservation at this restaurant where the service (where/when it exists) is excruciatingly slow.
What we had at lunch today:
- Pie Tee: this traditional Nyonya starter of shredded jicama, egg strips & scallions on crisp pastry shells are pretty well-made here. The pastry shells are thicker than those found in other Nyonya restaurants, but more fragrant and tasty. The accompanying chilli paste was necessary to lend a spicy-sourish tang to the pie tee.
- Udang Lemak Nenas: Very expensive here: MYR9 per small shrimp, cooked in a creamy curry with thin slivers of pineapple. Pretty average-tasting and the shrimps were not especially fresh.
- Ayam Pongteh: A chicken and potato stew with "taucheo" (salted, brown soybeans) and coriander powder. It's a simple dish, and the rendition here was pretty standard.
- Kangkung Kobis Keledek Masak Titik Lemak: an extra-rich, coconut creme-infused spicy cabbage, sweet potato and water spinach curry. It's piquant and tasty, but the portion was miserly.
- Itik Tim soup: duck in salted mustard soup - another Nyonya staple. Not outstanding.
- Tai Bak: this traditional Malaccan dessert of short glutinous noodles in a syrupy soup was relatively bland and tasteless here. Not recommended.
- Cendol: Very average shaved ice dessert here. The only thing memorable about it was that we had to wait more than 30 minutes (following up with the reticent service staff) for this. And the restaurant was not even especially busy today.
Our conclusion: it's no different from other Nyonya restaurants in town. IMO, Nancy's Kitchen is still the most impressive among those I'd tried thus far. As for Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine - just be prepared for an extremely long wait for service and your orders to be served. The folks running the place doesn't seem very responsive to any requests and can be condescending at times. Not a place I'd return to in a hurry.
Amy Heritage Nyonya Cuisine
75 Jalan Melaka Raya 24
Taman Melaka Raya
Tel: +606 286 8819