Tuesday, November 3, 2009
ABC Restaurant - 24 Hour Prata and Briyani
A former colleague of mine (thanks, Adrian!) told me of a wondrous banana honey prata at an "ABC" coffeeshop in Joo Chiat. That was easily 5 years ago. I finally had the chance to try it - and oh my, I'm slapping myself for not coming earlier. Gooey sweet nectar and semi-caramelized bananas are so good together with crisp prata! Eat it while it's hot though, cos that's when it's best. Never mind if you're halfway through your other dishes when it arrives. Just eat the prata first!
Their nasi briyani is not bad either. Good fluffy basmati rice with decent curry/gravy. You will mop up the whole thing in no time.
Mee goreng (fried noodles) here is a sloppily thrown together dish. No high scores here on taste, but the dish has surprisingly good "wok hei"!
There are packs of nasi lemak on the table you can help yourself to without waiting. In a way, it's a nice touch of hospitality, but don't ask me how long they've been sitting there.
This is the shop - it's at the junction of Joo Chiat Road and Duku Road, pretty close to the Joo Chiat Community Centre. There used to be a signboard, but that's gone now for some reason.
Business is brisk for this casual joint. Seating can be a little cramped but the patrons don't seem to mind. They just kick back and enjoy the food with some teh tarik or masala (chai) tea.
365 Joo Chiat Road
Open daily 24 hours
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