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“Interior design good, Food OK, Value, OK-ish, service bad” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak
Robinsons Galleria, cor. Ortigas Avenue & EDSA | Level 2, East Lane, Mandaluyong, Luzon 12321, Philippines
63-2-5718988
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Ranked #79 of 291 Restaurants in Mandaluyong
Price range: $6 - $10
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Doing business, Large groups, Entertaining clients, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
manille
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“Interior design good, Food OK, Value, OK-ish, service bad”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

I went there with my sister a while ago. Their Szechuan Prawn and their Japanese Siomai were actually good. I was told the Prawn was good for three people but when my sister and I saw it.. It's not really good for two people. Serving size is too small. The interior was actually pretty that's why we chose it. But one waiter was like she doesn't like what she is doing. Anyway, I was a bit annoyed. But maybe she was just having a bad mood. The other waiters and waitresses were OK

  • Visited January 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“A quick journey through mostly South East Asian cuisines”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

Named after the national dish of Malaysia (it is said that if you live in Malaysia, you will eat Nasi Lemak at breakfast, lunch, dinner...... any time of the day), the restaurant serves dishes distinctive to a number of South East and East Asian countries. The restaurant’s publicity flyer does make that clear, “The best of Singapore in a fusion of Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Japanese, Indonesian and Indian Cuisine”, making its Singaporean ownership also quite obvious.

The menu is extensive, ranging from appetizers to dessert that does reflect the restaurant's claim: Rendang beef from Indonesia, fish head curry from Malaysia; green curry from Thailand; Singaporean laksa, Hainanese chicken and chilli crab; dumplings from China are good examples, and the desserts and drinks: Ice kacang and teh tarik (Malaysian), cendol, ice Bandung (Indonesian), etc. There is little influence of Indian and Japanese cuisines, however.

Although located in a mall (Robinsons Galleria), in a busy corridor consisting of many other eateries, the layout and décor (seating both inside and out on the corridor) are sufficiently unique to set the restaurant apart as a separate entity. Because of the surroundings it can sometime become a tad noisy, but not enough to be a distraction if one is seated inside. The service is adequate and in spite of the diverse nature of the menu there is no undue delay in getting the food on the table. In short, Nasi Lemak is an unpretentious venue to taste a range of relatively genuine Asian cuisines over an single meal, in an informal setting.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Manila, Philippines
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“An Experience Worth Recreating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2011

Nasi Lemak (Authentic Singaporean Restaurant) was unknown to me until that night 8 Spices Authentic Thai Cuisine turned me down for dinner. Sitting on a not-so-prime location in Robinson's Galleria, the Nasi Lemak quietly waits for curious guests sweeping across the few restaurants in the area either to satiate their tastes or simply satisfy their hunger.

Nasi Lemak, a name derived from the national dish in Malaysia and Singapore, offers a wide range of Singaporean cuisine with Chinese and Malaysian dishes. It boasts of its all-natural ingredients cooked in the most authentic way, veering away from MSG to create a palate-satisfying gastronomical wonder.

We entered into this dimly lit tiny stall and was seated in a rather narrow piece of red bench. Probably a little less inviting than most restaurants I've gone to but but we waited and were hopeful for the best part to come. Moments later, a waiter attended to us and took our orders of Fried Squid with Salt and Pepper, Malaysian Style Curry, rice and iced tea.

I was browsing through their menu of unfamiliar names and was watching the waiters go in and out of cloth-covered kitchen when our orders came. The fried squid wasn't rubbery but firm enough to give you that bite you've wanted. With vinegar on the side, I couldn't help my self but get some more of this wonderful dish as I wonder how perfectly it was cooked. Garnished with diced bell peppers and fried garlic, the delicate dish was consumed in no time along with the Malaysian style curry - an equally tasteful and authentic dish. God knows what's in this curry but it was a big hit as well. The chicken meat melts in the mouth while all the spices in the curry sauce lingers - we just couldn't get enough.

As we were about to finish the dinner, the restaurant owner sat with us and was telling us about the history of the restaurant and how they cook their dishes. An unusual way to entertain guests but one that really raised the experience - a culinary experience at that - way above the rest.  I had the chance to ask the kind of squid I was eating and was surprised to know that "those aren't ordinary squids you see in the market. Those were imported squids, the variety larger than most Filipinos know." And the curry, you may ask, was all "home-made" - from grinding the curry leaves to mixing them with all the other spices and finally cooking it as how true Malaysians do.

With a relatively affordable price, the Nasi Lemak experience is one of true value. Without a doubt, the night I had to choose Nasi Lemak over the thai resto turns out to be a moment I wish to recreate over and over again.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Culinary Excellence is repeated again and again!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2011

If you are not into Singapore food, you are really missing a lot! The food is simply "Pinaka Masarap". I visited Singapore recently, eateries are everywhere and good food can be had literally in every street corner of this island state of Singapore.

When the Singaporean Executive Chef takes time out to explain the delicate preparation of the dishes served, you are certain that you are in the midst of a culinary experience.

Nasi Lemak at Robinson's Galleria is a big hit, with Chinese, Thai, Malay, and Indonesian cuisine.

The Singapore Ambassador frequents this place and orders the fish head curry hot pot which is to die for. The Bah Kut Teh, Malaysian Sambal Fish and the Hainanese Chicken are all excellent and uncomparable to any other Singaporean restaurant in the country.

To viewers of the Asian Food Channel, there is no other place in the Philippines to savor what you see on television than Nasi Lemak. My congratulations to the chef! Nasi Lemak Authentic Singaporean Restaurant, Robinsons Galleria

  • Visited January 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Best Asian restaurant I have been to in the Philippines”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2010

This restaurant serves the best food from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Indian food.

The way it excels in this arena is simple, it selects the best and most popular dishes to offer to its customers, and with ingredients imported from source countries to make the taste very authentic and original. This means the food is good and taste super good at the same time.

Lots of Chinese dishes to choose from also, and the usual exotic dishes like Beef Rendang, curries, kang kong, etc etc.

All I can summerise is that "Food here is Excellent and at reasonable cost".

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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