Dapur Dahlia, Woolloongabba
Yup, another post about Malaysian restaurant as I was not thoroughly satisfied after my visit to Sri Mahkota! This time, Mr had a meeting nearby and we decided to have dinner somewhere closeby so I chose Dapur Dahlia. I have not been to their original location at Mount Gravatt, and they have since relocated to Gabba. It looks fairly new and definitely very clean here.
Malaysian food is known for its diversity as we are a multicultural country and Dapur Dahlia specialises more in Malay style Malaysian food rather than the chinese version. I was excited because I get to try some chicken satay; I usually avoid ordering satay because they could not beat those from home. But I gave Dapur Dahlia a chance and they certainly did not disappoint. The satay sticks were grilled rather than just coated with peanut sauce. It was fairly close to the ones from back home. Their peanut sauce was rather authentic and well-balanced. On that night, they gave us free ketupat (rice cakes) and it was a pleasure to eat them together with cucumber and raw onions. I highly recommend their satay!
So, how could we not try nasi lemak? We chose the sides of beef rendang over the fried chicken and it was tender, spicy and flavourful. We skipped most of the sambal (trust me, it was a good sambal) but we could just not tolerate the heat level. Hehe! Again, a good meal.
As Grace was with us, so we tried their special of the day which was the chicken noodle soup, thinking that it would be quite simple. It is indeed simple but the soup based was too peppery and Grace just had a few spoonfuls of noodles. In comparison to other meals, this is simple in flavour, and it was just okay for us.
Last but not least, we had their mee goreng. It is not just a simple stir fry noodles but this version of mee goreng uses the based of tomato sauce, and has the component of sweet, sour and spicy. The serving was huge and we were definitely pretty full by then. This dish came with chicken pieces, tofu and vegetables. Again, quite an excellent dish.
The service here was warm and friendly, and I will definitely return again. Next time to try their roti...
PS: I am definitely hungry after writing up this post. Hehe!