Otak-Otak Place @ 1 Utama

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1 Utama used to be my getaway corner during weekends. But now, I find it less exciting. I must be aging, I told myself. I prefer to hole up myself at home ever since returning rather than loitering around malls for food. Plus, I need a job to feed myself!!
On second thought, I think I’m not aging and the problem is the lack of income. Yikes.

Despite that, I have a sudden craving for Otak-Otak and decided to give 1 Utama another chance to please me since there’s this place called: the Otak-Otak Place which I have been wanting to try ages ago. Of I went, tugging Chris, Aiwei and Citygal along.

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Love the exercise book menu. Oh how I miss my school days!
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People nowadays would love a rewind towards their younger days, reminiscing the earlier fashion of life and portraying back a retro trend. We went oohed and ahhed over the little details of our younger days toys and gadgets.; like the Happy Family cards, toy soldiers and rubber bands jumping ropes! Rekindling back with what we have left behind was groovy.

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Refreshing drinks:

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Honey Lemon

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Barley Lemon

As the name of this eatery reads Otak-Otak, here were some of our soft and squishy fish cakes fares!

Otak-Otak Stick (RM3 for 5 sticks)
Tastewise, not bad, with fragrance of coconut milk, but the portion was kinda poor ;P

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Steamed Otak-Otak (RM3.00)
It was sourish. Quite unpleasant and the serving was insufficient.

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Nasi Lemak Special (RM9.90)
Served with Ayam Rendang and Fried Otak-Otak.
Again, small portion but the ayam rendang and fried otak-otak was up to standard. Very tasty and the fried otak-otak was way better than the steamed version.
Another captivating factor was the serving of nasi lemak in the tiffin carrier; the stackable, food-separating, shiny awesomeness lunchbox that mid-century working men started carrying.

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Nasi Briyani Dam (RM12.90)
Not sure about the sensation of flavours but the rice way a wee bit too dry.

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Rojak Petis (RM5.50)

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Verdict: Thumbs up to the ambiance and detail settings of a retro dining experience. But food wise,there is still a need to change for better. Room for improvement in areas of food serving and freshness of ingredients.

Disclaimer: This is our personal dining experience and we do not intend to forbid patrons/ readers from trying for themselves. Perhaps you think they’ve already improved in areas we mentioned, do drop by and let us know 🙂

Otak-Otak Place
Lot LG 311B
Lower Ground Floor Oval
1 Utama Shopping Centre
No:1 Lebuh Bandar Utama
Bandar Utama City Centre

Tel: +603 7727 4181

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15 Comment

  1. wmw says: Reply

    The outlet in 1U seems to be inconsistent…I prefer the outlet at Tropicana City Mall … the ambiance is nicer and food quality more consistent!

  2. jason says: Reply

    The usual time I would drop by the 1U outlet is for their breakfast set. I also prefer the outlet at Tropicana City Mall. Tried their Bakso the other day, not bad except for the strong peppery taste.

  3. ai wei says: Reply

    had my great time here with you guys. the ambiance is great. and it reminds me of the old days when parents were still using the tiffin carrier to make me some lunch pack 🙂

  4. J2Kfm says: Reply

    the place was almost too perfect for photography eh?
    all those cards, marbles, ornaments n such.

  5. Little Inbox says: Reply

    Have you graduated?
    The ambiance really looks nice. Now you make me crave for otak-otak pula. 🙂

  6. Selba says: Reply

    What a nice restaurant! The presentation of the food and drinks look also very good.

  7. superwilson says: Reply

    I agree with you, food so so only

  8. kampungboycitygal says: Reply

    food tastes better with u guys :p

  9. thule a.k.a leo says: Reply

    I'd just gone there last Tuesday 🙂 well, otak-otak stick is not bad and quite cheap at 60 cents per stick (promotion.. normal RM1.10)
    nasi lemak-wise I reckon that you will find better elsewhere.
    What I love about the place is the fact that they sell those stuff from my childhood years and i was almost tempted to buy some guli.. lol!!!
    Oh yes… their teh tarik is to die for… dip the complimentary biscuit into the tea and it's great to go!!!

  10. Life for Beginners says: Reply

    I always love dropping by just for the decor and all them lil knick-knacks… What a way to while the afternoon away… 🙂

  11. Simon Seow says: Reply

    Hmm…the front of the outlet seems to have been renovated. Last time the bicycle will not be there on top of the Otak-otak signage.

  12. ~Christine~Leng says: Reply

    wmw~
    really? Good then. We shall drop by Tropicana City Mall to have a try 🙂

    jason~
    breakfast set? sounds good.. we went there during dinner. Not really pleased with the ones we ordered. Perhaps we should give the outlet in Tropicana City Mall a go since wmw also said it was better. hehe ^^

    aiwei~
    i'm not used to use the tiffin carrier, so I find it very interesting! i love the environment too!

    J2Kfm~
    yea… almost every corner with hose hidden gems! I'm missin' my childhood days ow 🙂

    Little Inbox~
    yea.. graduated already. Hope to secure a good place for my job ;P
    It's a great hangout place with friends, reminiscing the older days together.. ^^

  13. ~Christine~Leng says: Reply

    Selba~
    the food doesn't seem to be consistent here. Drop by Tropicana City Mall instead 🙂 I'll do that too when I'm around ^^
    the ambiance is great tho 🙂

    superwilson~
    try the one in Tropicana City Mall, according to jason and wmw, it's better 🙂

    kampungboycitygal~
    yea.. 🙂
    good companies compensates everything! ^^

    thule a.k.a leo~
    still felt that the otak=otak stick's portion is kinda small,but tasted ok 🙂
    totally agree with what u mentioned about the childhood days. I love their concept 🙂
    and teh tarik? maybe I should try this next time ;P

    Kenny~
    Sitting around remembering the little details of our younger days is worth wasting time for right? ^^
    and those lil' knick knacks are some awesome tools to trigger our memory! 🙂

    Simon Seow~
    is it? this is my first visit. Thought the bicycle was there all along.. haha ;P

  14. iamthewitch says: Reply

    Wah the otak otak stick was really SMALL!!! Luckily I don't like Otak otak, I don't need to frequent this place. LOL

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