Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Serai @ Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

For a taste of authentic Baba-Nyonya delicacies as well as Northern local cuisine, Serai is definitely the best place to go. I have been there a couple of times, and but first time at its newest outlet in Level 7 at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. 

Dine with a picturesque KL skyline view from Level 7 of Pavilion KL.

The interior is, by far, the best at this outlet. I love how the marble top tables add a touch of glamour to the posh, contemporary ambiance. On top of that, the staff is very friendly and responds quickly to our orders.

Front: Serai Signature Iced Tea; Back: Sirap Bandung

Known for its Malaysian food specialties, we didn't expect that the locally-inspired beverages here are equally good. For instance, the signature iced tea is cooling with a refreshing hint from the mint leaves and lemongrass. Definitely a thirst quencher that pairs well with the meal.

Appetizer: Beef Satay served with Peanut Sauce, Cucumber, Onion and Nasi Impit

We are serious about going local tonight. We order a plate of beef satay despite the fact that Malaysian street food there is albeit pricey. But no worries, quality is assured here. The meat is amazingly moist and the Satay Sauce is packed full of bold nutty flavours with mild spices.

Deep-Fried Crispy Brinjal with Serai Spice

Next is the thinly-sliced deep-fried eggplant which can easily get us hooked because of its aroma and crispiness as we happily munch through the snack throughout our conversation. Simple yet addictive! 

Serai's Favourite: Nasi Kerabu

As for the mains, first timers must try the crowd's No. 1 favourite here, the house specialty Nasi Kerabu featuring aromatic blue spiced rice with colorful condiments such as Salted Egg, Ulam, Solok Lada (Stuffed Chilli) and Keropok Ikan.

But be careful, the homemade chilli paste can be very fiery for some.

The rice is also served with Ayam Percik. Well-marinated, it is real juicy, but we just can't get enough of the creamy Percik sauce for us because it is so divine and heavily flavoured with spiced coconut milk. 

Beef Rendang

Another dish that goes along well with the hot steaming rice is the Beef Rendang. The meaty texture and subtle spiciness are just nice, without overwhelming the senses. 

Steamed Seabass in Lime Sauce

Something closer to the Thai's favourite is the beautifully presented steamed fish at its freshest state. A zest of lime juice is great to enliven the dish, packing a punch of tangy appeal that goes well with the oceanic sweetness. 

Dessert: Pandan Banana Fritters with Palm Sugar Syrup
Simple, crunchy, hits the spot. 

A modern interpretation of our local favourite dessert, the crisp battered sweet bananas are paired with vanilla ice cream and palm sugar syrup. Definitely a comforting treat for the sweet tooth. 

Berry Pavlova

If you are into the sugar-laden combination of crisp meringue, softly whipped cream and berries, then the pavlova here is definitely a must try. Melting perfectly in the mouth, it is so deliciously sinful!

1. The overall experience is great, from the comfortable ambiance, great service to well-executed dishes.
2. If you are looking for local food in a good dining environment, then Serai is definitely a must-visit.
3. Recommended: Nasi Kerabu with Ayam Percik, Deep-fried Brinjal, Berry Pavlova

Lot 7.01.04, Level 7,
Dining Loft,
Pavilion Mall,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-2110 5353


  1. The ayam percik & pavlova ! I want I want !

  2. nasi kerabu look delicious. I want to try their nasi dagang. so miss the taste!

  3. Their pavlova is the best! I love it so much. And the food too. I've tried Nasi Ambeng/Ambang cause I'm a Javanese, and it's not that bad. I love their ambiance and interior too. :D

  4. so yummy meal I am attracted to your pic. Wanna go there try some day.. I like to try the serai drink, and other food like beef rendang

  5. I want to try it so much it looks so delicious!

  6. oh my oh my! looks so delicious, now i can have malaysian food and western dessert as closure. really good one!

  7. so delicious especially Nasi kerabu and beef rendang. I want go and try it at Serai.

  8. Lime Seabass looks good. But the pricing of Serai is a little high for me :(

  9. Oh gosh, you blog post make me feel so hungry. HAHAHA~ The steamed seabass in lime sauce looks so tempting. =D

  10. Deep-Fried Crispy Brinjal with Serai Spice! I love brinjal and everything deep fried! :P The rendang and seabass looks good too. Good meal indeed!

  11. love the look of the beef satay. Wondering is it hot (chilli) enough or sweet? I'm always looking for some burning hot and spicy satay!

  12. Yay, no longer need to head to Melaka for authentic Peranakan dishes anymore. You are making me hungry even though I just had a late dinner tonight.

  13. I like the food at serai but I didn't get the chance to visit the one at pavilion yet :)

  14. Think i would only come here for the Berry Pavlova lolol!
    I've been to the branch in empire before it was okay la, price quite decent

  15. I like Baba-Nyonya cuisine. Can't stop looking at nasi kerabu now hehe.

  16. Looks like a very nice place to have dinner....nice ambience too

  17. I have always love Serai and a must-go spot whenever my overseas friends are visiting.
    I would love to order the Steamed Seabass in Lime Sauce the next time I go. You pictures tempted me.

  18. Deep-Fried Crispy Brinjal with Serai Spice looks delicious. Love the view here too.

  19. really really love the pictures Fish. Plus that Steam Seabass looks absolutely delish :)

  20. Really like you picture!!! you make me feel hungry now!!! I like pavlova cake

  21. I never been to Serai before, will take your advice and try the Nasi Kerabu for my first visit. :D

  22. i wonder how's the serai beverage taste like. i am keen to try that out. :D hehe

  23. Serai eh, I usually don't go such nice places for local food, but this is still a great concept for comfortable dining.

  24. Yummy nice food, the Crispy Brinjal with Serai Spice looks appetizing, would like to try that out :)

  25. nice malaysian cuisine. I saw banana fritters, my favourite!

  26. Beef Rendang look yummy !!
    omg ... wish to have malaysian cuisine for lunch later !

  27. Berry Pavlova!!!
    I mao strawberry!!!


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