I met up with Jal for lunch. Since the last time I saw him at Gayatri, he's added another son to his young family. Naturally, his evenings and weekends are completely occupied, and so, we meet up for lunches instead. The irony about him is although he's the quintessential rubber-faced funnyman who always seems to draw and attract the limelight, he's actually an introvert who's very private about his life. Although we've got completely differing viewpoints on almost every aspect of our lives, love, work, family, money, even religion, I love that we still totally get each other and share everything about our lives without ever being judgmental.
We went to Warung Lele for lunch, an Indonesian restaurant that used to be at Kandahar Street. It's now at 8 Shenton Way and it's perpetually packed at lunch. Service is efficient and business is brisk. The restaurant is relatively bare, minimal, no-fuss, almost clinical, with tables jammed so close, if not for the very boisterous noise level of the small-ish space, you can practically hear the next table's conversation without even trying to eavesdrop. Food is reasonable and quite fair. We liked it.
We got the 2 person Set B at $32. We started off with a Nila Goreng ($22 normal ala carte price) Warung Lele's Famous "Flying" Deep Fried Nila fish, intricately plated, golden and crispy, with moist, clear fish meat inside.
The Ayam Kalio ($7.50 usual ala carte price) Padang style curry chicken, was a creamy, rich and spicy concoction with plentiful chicken pieces.
The Kailan Tiram ($7 usual ala carte price) Stir Fried Kailan was really too oily, but at least it wasn't soggy or limp.
The Kue Talam Singkong ($2 usual ala carte price) is a colourful Malay kueh, sticky, mild and slightly sweet, with pandan lending fragrance.
Some Fruits (Watermelon and Honeydew) to round off the yummy meal.
Warung Lele Restaurant Pte Ltd
8 Shenton Way
#01-16 & #01-19
Tel: 6423 1552
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 11.30am to 2.30pm and from 6pm to 10pm
Closed on Sun and Public Holidays