Go For: Ipoh white coffee and Peranakan Cuisine
As you step your inside the chill-V restaurant in Times Square mall, the first thing you notice is the typical tea-house setting and décor: Marble-top tables and tea-house style brown polished low stools. Of course there are sofa seats too, for those who desire more comfortable seating. Interestingly the fabric part of sofa seats are covered with thick transparent plastic — probably to save on dry cleaning bills. Another prominent feature of Tea house-style setting is a huge poster showing 1960’s Ipoh: a capital city in the Perak province of West Malaysia. You can spend some time reading about it with the information on the poster. As you look around you also won’t miss the pictures of Ipoh white coffee and Ipoh cuisine. The overall setting is a good effort in creating a “Preranakan” ambiance, a fusion of Malay and Chinese culture.
At 11 am on a Friday the place was full. Soon as we were seated, a server came to us to take our food order. I believe that is ‘Friday syndrome’, as in Brunei businesses and work come to a halt between 12 noon to 2 pm.
In Brunei, by default, fresh fruits juices come in with added sugar syrup. A senior staff made sure that our order of fresh juices is taken correctly which was without ice and added sugar. That was good. Another server gave us the wifi password. He also remembered my husband who had gone there for a meal a week ago.
I love soup noodles. For me they are comfort food. I am a big fan of laksa and I have had Penang assam laksa and Singapore laksa countless number of times in other restaurants. Here at Chill-V, I decided to try for Kuching laksa. Kuching is a city in the Sarawak province of East Malaysia. My husband ordered Japanese tofu with rice. The laksa had some prawns, shredded chicken and fried tofu and thin noodles, something like bee hoon. I distinctly felt the taste of curry powder in the laksa, as if it was not well blended in the coconut milk.
Also I thought the thin noodles don’t work — they do not soak the curry in it very well. Maybe Kuching laksa isn’t for me, if what I had was authentic. My husband was okay with his plate of tofu and rice.
We happened to visit the same place next day for breakfast. The white coffee with brown kaya bread was awesome. The white coffee came very close to the Bru coffee that is served in South Indian restaurants.
Chill-V was a reasonably priced, clean, courteous staff restaurant where I would definitely go again, especially for the Ipoh white coffee.