Original Kayu Nasi Kandar was started out with a stall at a coffee shop in SS2 Chow Yang back in 1974 and has now grown into one of the most popular "mamak" restaurants in Klang Valley and Penang. Founded and managed by Penangites, Original Kayu Nasi Kandar serves the authentic Penang dishes, and also a great variety of 'roti' (leavened bread).
Original Kayu Nasi Kandar
Hot 5448 5 0
No. 15, Lebuh Nipah,
11900 Bayan Lepas,
(Tel: +604 6464767)
Lot B-G-2, B-1-2 & B-2-2, Block B,
Jalan PJU 1/43,
Aman Suria Damansara,
47301 Petaling Jaya.
(Tel: +603 78809777)
No. 1, Jalan PJU 5/12,
Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya.
(Tel: +603 61418771)
No.1 & 3, Jalan Dwi Tasik 1,
Bandar Sri Prmaisuri 1,
(Tel: +603 91732777)
Petronas Service Station,
Lot 36904, PT 2723,
Taman Dato Ahmad Razali,
Jalan Kolam Air,
(Tel: +603 42523777)
Lot G-20, Jalan Puteri,
1-5, Bandar Puteri,
(Tel: +603 80513080)
I don't care if it is "original" like it claims on the name of the shop, the taste of the food is very ordinary. Generally, most mamak food is good for me so even though the food here is not bad at all, I think overall it is slightly below average.
THE PRICE. IT IS EXPENSIVE. If it is really good, I certainly would not mind but at that price, I would prefer to just go to an Indian restaurant instead of a mamak restaurant. The dhaal was a bit too diluted for my liking. I'm a sucker for dhaal because I have sensitive stomach which could not tolerate spicy food so the place I go to eat my roti must have good dhaal. This restaurant certainly isn't it.
If you happen to be craving for mamak food then by all means, do avoid this restaurant. I have only been here with my family and so far, the service is terrible, especially for the price I am paying for the food. A simple meal of plain rice, one piece of fried chicken, some curry and vegetable got totaled up to RM12, and it tasted pretty much the same like every other mamak restaurant.
And when I say the service is terrible, I mean the waiters tend to either get my orders wrong or forget about them completely. I remember ordering iced tea, only to be receiving it about 40+ minutes later...after reminding the waiters politely, twice. Worst. Experience. Ever.
If you need a quick Mamak cuisine then you should head down to this restaurant. I always go to their SS2 outlet where the service is prompt and fast. It always amazes me how the waiters can get multiple orders right. Must be something that they learnt over the years.
The brekkie Mamak-style is tasty. You can always ask for extra gravy to go with your Roti Canai, basically extra this or less that without fuss and that's what I love about it. The Nasi Kandar is my favorite anytime of the day.
Somehow, with its popularity and branches all over, the price of the food has gone skyrocketed. They are expensive, perhaps after being exclusive and well known. I wish the price doesn't increase too much otherwise I need to find another outlet with a reasonable price.
I love spicy food and that is basically what I get from the mix rice section at this mamak franchise. There are normally about 20 to 30 dishes for you to pick from depending on what time of the day you go. They do cater people 24 hours a day and certain dishes are exclusively cooked in the mornings and some at night. I would try to alternate the time that I go each time because one can never know what to expect.
I would always order the cabbage, honey chicken, some onion eggs and then have the splashed with a bit of curry from all the pots. I love the spiciness and i love the kick from the chilli.
IT is important to know what to choose because some of the items can be very expensive. By choosing one king prawn and one squid, the plate could cost up to MYR 20! So do be wise when picking and your wallet will thank you for it.
I wonder why a plate of mamak mix-rice costs so expensive, even if you only consume a fried chicken, some cabbage and fried egg. It almost cost about RM10 per plate, this is really ridiculous.
Thus, whenever I consume in this so called "high end" restaurant, I will only look at Roti Selection menu and sometimes Nasi Goreng, Mee / Maggie Goreng Mamak. These choices at least cost more affordable than a plate of mixed rice. The atmosphere is cool as it is serve with air-conditional, but the service from their waiters are relatively bad.
Just like how some other reviewers have mentioned that eating here can be quite expensive, I totally agree with them. So I would always only order the roti selections. Back in Penang, I used to frequent Kayu-as we fondly call it, to watch football matches in the comfort of the air conditioning.
The main attraction here is the roti tisu. It's so huge that they have to use two big plates to carry it. It really is one of the best renditions of roti tisu - crispy, thin and sweet. Their roti bom is not as sweet as what one would expect of a roti bom. But I guess it's good for the health conscious.
This place is never my favorite hangout spot. It is hot and noisy; the food is normal and overpriced. I will only bring new comer to Original Kayu Nasi Kandar if they never try roti canai before. Basically you can get a lot of mamak food here which is cleaner than those behind the alley. Nasi kandar is so-so, nothing to shout about. The only hype for me is their tall roti tisu. Be patient if there are a lot of people ordering roti tisu, they can only produce one roti tisu at a time. The roti tisu is crispy, sweet and it really catch a lot of attention.
If you're looking for a simple and cheap mamak for drinking sessions, I might not recommend Original Kayu Nasi Kandar to you. A glass of 'Milo Ais' here easily costs RM3, and a plate of IndoMee costs around RM6-7. And a plate of Nasi Kandar here- depending on what meats you scoop, might cost you up to RM20++.
The food is good; one of their specialties is Roti Tisu, a tower-high roti which needs to be placed on 4 plates. Definitely not your average mamak, but OKNK offers a higher-end, more comfortable and cleaner place for their customers who are willing to pay the higher price.
I was brought here by a friend to try their famous roti tissue. Before our roti came, one of the waiters placed three empty plates on our table. Few minutes later, I saw a waiter holding a tower-like roti on its tip (with a tissue, not directly with his fingers of course) and with another plate supporting it from the bottom. All of us were quite impressed by the 3 feet tall roti tissue.
Their roti tissue is really thin and crispy, and what’s best is that it only costs RM4. Meanwhile, I saw the table beside us was having a ball-liked roti and I decided to try it. The so-called ball-liked roti is actually called Poori. It tasted good, especially eating together with the dal.
Overall, good food at reasonable prices in an air-conditioned mamak restaurant.