Ini KARI lah @ Jalan Masjid Negeri, Greenlane, Penang.
Who would have thought there is a restaurant nestled within the Penang Spastic Center? However, the strategic location at Greenlane and its eye-catchy green colored signboard have successfully drew many's attention. Amused by the name, I have decided to pay a visit to this restaurant and as the name would imply, the restaurant serves curry mainly, with a few Zhu Char dishes to go with rice. In fact, I was quite delighted to find out that they proffer vegetarian dishes too but it will be recommended to make advance reservation if you are on vegetarian diet. I reckon Ini KARI lah is a decent place for family meal, where everyone gets to select their preferred dishes. Penang Spastic Center can be found along Jalan Masjid Negeri, right next to Petronas and adjacent to BHP Petrol.
Curry Fish Head- "Kalak" Fish/ Snapper (Market Price) is one of their signature dishes. Diners are to choose between "Kalak Fish", Salmon or Grouper Fish for the Curry Fish Head. Tofu Puffs, Aubergines and Okras can be found inside the Curry too. It was served piping hot and the curry was thick and creamy. However, we did not think it was that great as though it lacked of an "X" factor, probably we were expecting the curry to be spicier. It felt like an ordinarily-average Curry Fish Head and definitely nothing to shout about. If you must know, it costs us Rm 35 for this small-sized Fish Head (the serving size was meant to be 2 person).
We had an extra order- "Kwai Fa" Egg (Rm 15) which was the only dish we enjoyed. It was lovely, with a pleasing "wok-hei", deftly seasoned, I love how the egg worked with the complementing ingredients- Glass Noodles, chopped Chilies and Onions. It was a very simple but well-executed dish.
There are a few noodle-choices for those who prefer noodles over rice. Tom Yum Bee Hoon Soup (Rm 8.50) comes in a substantial portion, with some fish balls, crab sticks, squid and shrimps found in the soup. However, I thought the soup was a mediocre dish, the quality was below par. The soup was bland and no, it was not spicy at all. The absence of Tom Yum flavor left me underwhelmed either. It was a huge disappointment and mistake to order this dish.
Taste: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Pork-Free/ Vegetarian Options Available
Address: 425, Jalan Masjid Negeri, 11600, Greenlane, Penang. (Penang Spastic Center)
Business Hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm for Lunch, 6pm to 10pm for Dinner. Closed on every Monday.
Contact Number: 604- 655 4158