Simply Mel's is one of the rare few Malaccan-Portuguese eateries in Kuala Lumpur, and perhaps the best one in town.
What we tried:
- Papa Vincent's "Pikadel Pesce": Fish croquettes.
- "Incimintu Karangezu": Baked crab with minced prawn, chicken, carrots, onions and turnips.
- "Sehbak Galinhia": Chicken salad with tofu puffs in a spicy-tangy dressing.
- Corned Beef Meatball Stew.
- "Ayam Buah Keluak": this is more of a Peranakan-Nyonya dish than a Malaccan-Portuguese one, but very well-done here nonetheless.
- Black Pomfret "Chuan Chuan": very tasty.
- "Chenchalok" omelette: the "chechalok" flavours here are more assertive than those I'd tasted in Nyonya restaurants.
- "Curry Debal": Devilishly spicy and slightly tangy - a must-order here. Unfortunately, the restaurant here is "halal" to cater to Kuala Lumpur's large Muslim community - else, the addition of pork sausages (like those served in Singapore's Eurasian restaurants) would have greatly enhanced the dish, and give it the authentic Eurasian taste.
- Eggplant "Soy Limang": salty, tangy and very addictive. I wished the eggplants were cooked softer, though, but it's a personal taste.
- "Sugee" cake: very nice here. The cake is also served in whole loaves for take-away.
- Malaccan-style Chendol: not too bad here.
- "Pulot Tekan" & "Kaya": okay-ish - the "kaya" was too liquid, and the "pulot tekan" (steamed glutinous rice) we had that evening was dry and hard, like it's been left around for too long.
- "Sago Gula Melaka": not too bad as well. I wished they'd use fresher coconut milk, though.
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6012 428 9890
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