Projek Nasi Lemak @ Dato Keramat, Georgetown, Penang.
Nasi Lemak, the proud Malaysian dish... certainly undergone some evolution in the recent years; it can be clearly seen from the mushrooming of Nasi Lemak specialists in town, offering luxurious add-ons specifically for those with deep pockets. Arguably one of the most talked Nasi Lemak specialists in town (the Nasi Lemak connoisseurs could relate!), Projek Nasi Lemak boasts over a wide variety of add-ons (though most of them are deep fried stuff) as well as their home-made Sambal. The owners run the business with an attitude- odd business hours from 12 pm to 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 11 pm; as though these are the best times to have Nasi Lemak. The interior is not worth mentioning... nothing other than a usual-average coffee house and it gets stuffy in hot afternoons, especially with no air-conditioners around and the lip-burning Sambal... the dining experience can be sweat-inducing. If you are serious about your Nasi Lemak, make sure to reach there early (at 6:30 pm)... the queue gets longer at 7 pm or so.
Nasi Lemak with Ala-Carte order (Basic Nasi Lemak- Rm 4.50/ Fried Chicken- Rm 6/ Fried Fish- Rm 5/ Fried Squid- Rm 10)
Set A- Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken (Rm 8.50)
Set B- Nasi Lemak with Fried Squid (Rm 13)
Set C- Nasi Lemak with Fried Fish (Rm 8)
Diners are to choose for your favorite item to go with your plate of Nasi Lemak; if you wish to cut the frills and go straight to the basic Nasi Lemak, it costs Rm 4.50. Otherwise, you may choose your call for Fish, Squid, Chicken or Shrimps. The Nasi Lemak comes with a blue-hue, a result of using Butterfly Pea Flower; it does not come with any flavor or aroma but probably more visually-appealing to some. The spotlight of the dish was the splash of their home-made curry; creamy, thick and reasonably seasoned to go well with the Rice while the Sambal Belacan introduced a powerful chili-punch. The Nasi Lemak was well-cooked either, though the Coconut Milk-element could be stronger.
Fried Chicken was alright- juicy, succulent and cleverly marinated but not the best around; the spice-factor can be bolder. The Squid, on the other hand, was a huge disappointment. It was extremely greasy and dry, the fact that it did not come with any dips make it drier and hard to the bite. The seasonings were weak either, we struggled to finish it. The Fish was equally sad, you could probably see from the photo that the stuffing was scarce and it makes no difference than those found in usual Economy Rice stalls.
Coconut Shake (Rm 4) and Air Bandung Limau (Rm 2.50)
Ala-Carte Fried Squid (Rm 10)
Taste: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 5.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 6.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Address: 498, Jalan Dato Keramat, 10150, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 12 pm to 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm to 11 pm. Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number: 6016- 442 0442