The next time you’re in Subang Jaya, do stop by the new shopping mall called Empire Shopping Gallery located just behind Subang Parade. While you’re there, and if you’re wondering what new cuisine to try, you could head to Serai Empire which is a Malaysian and western fusion themed restaurant. Serving interesting and quirky dishes such as penne beef rendang, moroccan flavoured dishes with old favourite drinks such as sirap selasih this is a curious place.
Stepping into the restaurant, the deco is simple, clean and fresh looking. I personally would have preferred additional soft furnishing to give a more cosy feel to the place. A fresh stalk of serai (lemongrass) placed in a vase on each table ties in with the restaurant logo. The layout of the place is narrow but extends quite far back, with a smoking area placed at the rear so as not to intrude.
The food here is interesting and its worth going there for something a little different and unique. A full write-up of the restaurant review will appear in the October issue of KLue magazine. To read the review click me.
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Serai Tasting Platter consisting of 6 sticks of satay (choice of chicken, beef or lamb), roasted capsicum dip served with crisp bread, deep fried squid and sautéed garlic mushroom was delicious! Top quality satay and I also loved the crispy bread which went well with the dip and creamy mushroom.
Was a little unimpressed with the restaurant as they had run-out of their spiced rice just before dinner time, hence I had to order the western version of the Moroccan Spiced Lamb Shank. The lamb was of reasonable quality but the meat did not fall off the bone as easily as it should have. The tomato sauce had a hot and spicy kick to it but the cheesy creamy mash potato helped to douse the flames.
The berry pavlova was not on the menu, but they serve a variety of different cakes daily freshly made by their chefs. It was the first time I had tasted a pavlova and was not dissapointed at all. A pavlova is a traditional Australian dessert, or a traditional New Zealand dessert, depending on one’s allegiance. The cake serving was huge and suitable to be eaten by two persons.