Little Rimba is just another restaurant that is perfect for your Instagram feed but not your taste buds.
Taman Tun Dr. Ismail or TTDI is known to KL-ites as one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in Klang Valley. Previously a rubber plantation, TTDI has undergone gentrification over the years, opening up opportunities for various businesses to boom in the area. However, the neighbourhood that was once secluded and exclusive is now attracting more crowd — especially the younger ones — due to the mushrooming of trendy restaurants and hang-out spots in the area.
One of the latest addition to the neighbourhood is Rimba & Rusa‘s little sister — Little Rimba. Well, despite being the new kid on the block, the restaurant has already garnered quite a large following, especially during lunch hour. Since we have tried the savoury “wild” dishes at Rimba & Rusa, of course, we wanted to give this one a go as well.
As we stepped in, we immediately felt the same vibe as Rimba & Rusa. The place is bright with the familiar ceiling-to-floor windows, allowing natural sunlight to fill in the space. Just like its elder sister, this one was another attention-grabber as the interior design appeals to the eyes of photographers and Instagrammers alike.
Little Rimba’s menu is not as extensive as its elder sister’s since the restaurant is relatively new. Nonetheless, Little Rimba boasts a substantial selection of all-day dining — highlighting Malaysian favourites that come with fun twists to the name such as Laksa Nyonya Samba Rimba, Uncle’s Assam Laksa, Lontongku Sayang, Pengat Durian, and many more.
As soon as we saw the ‘lokal klasik’ selections, Lontongku Sayang and Uncle’s Assam Laksa immediately caught our eyes, hence we decided to try those two. On top of that, we also ordered Pengat Durian and Stellar Nutella French Toast (my friend insisted to try this though we were there for lunch – plus it’s an all-day menu so why not).
The star of the show, without a doubt, was Lontongku Sayang. A bowl of nasi impit and vegetables doused with savoury coconut milk curry and kuah kacang sambal — definitely reminded us of the usual Hari Raya staple made lovingly by our mothers.
The french toast stuffed with Nutella was only so-so, nothing impressive about it to justify its fancy name to be honest. After stuffing ourselves with the Pengat Durian, we were finally excited to indulge in Uncle’s Assam Laksa. However, to our disappointment, the assam laksa was also not as noteworthy, with an overly thick and sour broth. Definitely not recommended for trying.
While we admire their decorations, some of the food turned out to be mediocre — some not event worth trying. It is understood that Little Rimba is a winner when it comes to the Instagram-worthy interior design but we believe good food will garner more loyal patrons in the long run. Just our two cents.
No1, Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-7733 6177
Tuesday – Sunday: 7.30 am – 6.30 pm
Closed on Mondays.
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