If you’re looking for a lunch that will put you to sleep immediately after, look no further and turn to Chawan for their huge rice portions! Chawan has been around for quite awhile and the restaurant now has a few branches for patrons who are eager to eat delicious Malay fare.
With its name being the old spelling of a cup in Malay from yesteryears, the décor reflects its goal to create an old-fashioned ambience with a modern touch. The cover of the menu has a brown coffee cup stain with a picture of a classic kopitiam cup.
The service in Chawan at Citta Mall is quite inconsistent as I once had to wait for a long time during their peak hours for my meal. There was even a time when they forgot my order! However, they were apologetic when the mistakes occurred which helped to redeem their faults. During my recent visit, the food was served at lightning speed! Hopefully their service will maintain at a high level to attract returning customers.
Chawan has a wide range of local coffees from across Malaysia for your breakfast or tea-time fix. One of them is the Kopi Kemaman which is described as the all-time classic signature coffee. It is a full-bodied coffee with a buttery brew and has subtle cocoa flavours. I have a soft spot for Kemaman because I used to stay in Terengganu when I was younger because my dad was posted there for work. Nothing beats the coffee shops in Kemaman and it’d be nice to do a road trip with some friends and just go crazy with the food.
Among the other brews available are the Kopi Kapal Api from Sumatra, Kopi Batu Pahat, Kopi Tanjung Malim and even a Kopi Hang Tuah from Penang. All the coffees can be served either hot (RM3.80), cold (RM5) or even as an ice-blended (RM6) and milkshake (RM7)!
Their all-day breakfast choices feature popular favourites such as Roti Bakar Kaya and Butter, Roti Jala, Pulut Kuning and Ubi Kayu Rebus which is served with Sambal Tumis and Kelapa Parut.
The Nasi Lemak (RM10.90) must be their best-seller and is served with either Beef or Ayam Rendang. Both choices sound good to me! It comes with a nice serving of hard-boiled egg, slices of cucumber, crunchy ikan bilis and nuts with their spicy sambal. If you don’t feel like having Rendang, you can opt for their crispy and tasty Ayam Goreng Berempah (RM14.50).
I ordered the Nasi Tomato (RM11.90) which you could choose between Ayam Masak Merah, Sambal Sotong, Beef or Chicken Rendang to go with it. I like tomatoes so this explains my fondness for this dish! Ayam Masak Merah usually has a nice sauce which is attributed to chillies, sugar, tomato paste, tomato ketchup and coconut milk. Normally after eating this dish I am too full to order anything else! However, if I could, I would have ordered the Keropok Lekor with Kuah Lada. I used to eat Keropok Lekor every other day during school recess! Again, this is another wonderful memory that I have when I was living in the East Coast.
Other rice dishes that you can devour include the Nasi Putih Assam Pedas, Nasi Putih Ayam Masak Lemak Cili Api and Nasi Kerabu. They also have noodle dishes such as Soto Ayam, Mee Rebus Tulang and Mee Bandung but whenever I’m here I’ll aim for the rice dishes instead.
So if your body is calling out for carbs and you are envisioning tasty rice dishes in your dreams, just walk on to Chawan and have a nice nap after that!
Chawan, Citta Mall
Chawan, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar