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A week or so ago when I was downstairs getting ready to go for lunch, a huge Land Rover Discovery suddenly stopped right in front of me, the driver side window rolled down and the driver who turned to be my colleague yelled:

“Hey KY jump in, join us for lunch”

Restaurant Rose 911, authentic Negeri Sembilan food
Restaurant Rose 911, authentic Negeri Sembilan food

So I joined 3 of them who were already in the car, and we were on the way to Restaurant Rose 911, an old school restaurant in the older part of the city thatΒ specializeΒ in Negeri Sembilan food.

Before that day, I didn’t even know there’s a different version of Malay food from Negeri Sembilan, one of Minangkabau influence, my colleague mentioned.

fish, santan laden vegetable (including fern), and sambal
fish, santan laden vegetable (rendang pegaga), and sambal

While the restaurant doesn’t look much from the outside, it actually has an air conditioned area, a semi alfresco main dining area, and curiously, another smaller dining area that appears to be empty.

According to my colleague, that area’s usually seated with drivers & such when their “bosses” dine at Rose 911. Interesting, and sure enough the clientile consists of kampung folks and high ranking business execs alike.

ikan kembung bakar, dessert, lunch
ikan kembung bakar, dessert (badak berendam)

As for the food, more than half of the dishes to choose from were milky yellowish in color – meaning highly laden with kuah lemak (coconut milk base), turmeric, chili and such good stuff.

I particularly love the rendang pegaga, a type of leave cooked with chicken feet, gizzard, liver, and of course, plenty of santan. The ikan kembung bakar with chili and two other small portions of vegetable were all very old-fashion-good too.

map to restaurant rose 911

For dessert, we shared a plate of badak berendam (soaking hippo), a traditional Negeri Sembilan kuih made of glutinous rice flour, grated coconut, palm sugar, and of course, more santan. It was delicious as it was sinful.

My rice with drinks came up to RM 8, pretty reasonable. Give it a try, this is definitely different from your usual nasi kandar. Opens for lunch till about 4pm everyday except Sundays.

Restoran Kak Rose 911
No. 25, Jalan Satu
Kampung Pandan
55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.143901, 101.737293
Tel: 03-9281 2996

Discuss : KY eats – Restaurant Rose 911, Negeri Sembilan cuisine

  1. looks awesome! bring me!

  2. Badak Berendam rupa-rupanya! πŸ˜€

  3. always interesting to see the unique variations in malay food from different states! i wonder what specialties there might be in, say, perlis and kedah πŸ˜€

  4. Ikan bakar look so yummy and the sambal too, anything spicy, I will grab for sure.

  5. One of my fav places! Good to hear you have discovered it. πŸ˜€

  6. I love the way the place looks.. then u wrote “it actually has an air conditioned area, a semi alfresco main dining area” LOL.. so cute! it sounds so posh laaaa πŸ˜› anyway, the chili looks awesome. Ikan kembung bakar is the best.. eat till cry.. then cry summor! NAISSSS

  7. iamthewitch

    I love ikan bakar! Haven’t found out that’s really nice in KL though! And to know that this place is even air-conditioned is perfect! πŸ™‚

  8. Wow, the ikan bakar looks good. And not to mention all the chillies! Yums…

  9. hey nice map. looked so pro now!

  10. Ah…I’ve had Minangkabau food in Kuching (now closed) and SS6 (not sure, think it’s closed too). Good to see another source. πŸ™‚

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