Otak-Otak Place @ Tropicana City Mall

The Otak-Otak Place is one of the newest modernized coffee shop that I stumbled upon during one of my visits to Tropicana City Mall.

While I had misgivings at first, as I sat down and flip through the menu, their decorative ingenuity makes me smile. The menu, a perfect copy of our old school exercise book, even has the multiplication tables (jadual sifir) behind.

Chalk on blackboard drawings.

Auntie Lai Meng is the spokesperson. Bottle caps to play while waiting for food.

As the place is named "Otak-Otak Place", most of the food has otak-otak incorporated with it. For those who is not familiar with otak otak is a famous delicacy made of fish or other seafood with eggs and chili spice blend. It is famous delicacy hailed from Muar. For starters we ordered a slice of steamed otak-otak, which comes in a bamboo steamer.

We also ordered an interesting nasi lemak with otak-otak, which comes in a tiffin carrier, neatly stacked and locked upon arrival.

The two tiffin rack separates the rice and the sambal.

The nasi lemak comes with a generous slab of otak-otak. No, that was not a piece of fried taukua.

The charkuetiau also comes with a few slices of otak-otak. Surprisingly, food all the food we ordered were good.

For drinks we ordered kopi-O and kopi susu, which interestingly comes with a piece of cream crackers. I like!

Red stainless steel thermos flask near the washing area. Back then it was a household staple.

Modernized coffee shop serving local food in old school, memory invoking settings are a dime a dozen these days. Everything from the decoration, the furniture and even the cutleries are used to evoke nostalgic memory of the yesteryears. I've been to one modernized coffee shops too many, but sadly, not many can make me feel right. Some are too phony while others are just overdoing it. There are those shops that look so creepy from the outside that I dare not step in, let alone eat in the place. Thankfully, while I initially felt that way with Otak-Otak Place, I enjoyed the place very much.

Otak-Otak Place is at:

One Utama Shopping Centre
Lot LG311b,
One Utama Shopping Mall,
Bandar Utama 47800 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel / Fax: 03-7727 4181
Operation Hours:
8.30am - 10.00pm (Sunday - Thursday)
8.30am - 10.30pm (Friday & Saturday)

Tropicana City Mall
Lot L1-58, 1st Floor,
Tropicana City Mall, No. 3, Jalan
SS20/27, 47400 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel / Fax: 03-7728 0403
Operation Hours:
10.00am – 10.00pm (Daily)

IOI Boulevard
IOI Boulevard, Jalan Kenari 5,
Bandar Puchong Jaya,47170 Puchong,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel / Fax: 03-8070 6627
Operation Hours:
10.00am - 10.00pm (Sunday - Thursday)
10.00am - 12.00 midnight (Friday & Saturday)

Suria KLCC
Lot 7b, Signatures Food Court, Suria KLCC.
Tel: 03-21612633
Operation Hours: 10.00am-10.00pm

Wisma CNI
No.2 Jalan U1/17,
Seksyen U1 Hicom Glenmarie Industrial Park
40000 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel / Fax: 03-5569 1068
Operating hours:
8.00am - 6.00pm (Monday – Friday)
10.00am - 6.00pm (Sunday)

Website: http://www.otak-otakplace.com.my/