Curry Leaf Restaurant 1273-1275, ground floor, Jalan Rasah, Seremban (06 762 8758).
Delicious curries from Northern and Southern India are the main draw for punters at this restaurant. One of the best banana leaf shops in town, it’s still going strong after 14 years and it’s recently opened a branch in Damansara for the city folks. There’s an air-conditioned area for those who wish to dine in comfort. Go native and eschew cutlery to eat like a local. Vegetarians can try the palak paneer, a mixture of cheese and spinach. It’s enough to convert even the most diehard carnivores.
NEW Nasi Kandar Lawood Jalan BBN 6/1G, Desa Cempaka, Bandar Baru Nilai (06 850 2511).
The lunch crowd at the dingy-looking Nasi Kandar Lawood is nothing short of intimidating, but you’ll soon see the point after braving the heat and the queues. The ladies of the family chop the fried chicken in a no-nonsense style; you’ll just have to tell them your choice of chicken breast or drumsticks and ‘separuh’ or ‘penuh’ (meaning ‘half’ or ‘full’ respectively) depending on how hungry you are. The crispy and juicy fried chicken provides a perfect balance to the gravy-flooded rice. This really is some of the best Nasi Kandar outside of Penang.