Thai Classics for Lunch!
It has been a while since I last stepped into Nong & Jimmy Thai Seafood BBQ. When a recent invite came, I found out that Nong & Jimmy has gone through some changes including a new management and a new location as well as new menu. Known for serving rustic Thai BBQ, my last visit there was vividly scrumptious and sweaty.
Now that the new management has moved to a location nearby their old one in Ampang, this one is certainly bigger and more spacious as well as nicely ventilated with lots of fan. It is indeed cooler than their previous metal shack and there’s plenty of parking space too unlike their previous one before.
The new Nong & Jimmy serves lunch and dinner as I was told while the previous one only opened for dinner. The new location is pretty easy to locate if you have Waze and the signage is big and bold so one cannot miss it. At the front of the restaurant is the BBQ pit where the usual BBQ seafood would be cooked on.
I was wondering why the BBQ pit was not lite up until I was told that Nong & Jimmy only serves their BBQ during dinner hours because it was too hot at lunch hour. In addition, most customers has less time for lunch than dinner. Fear not, there is still plenty of Thai dishes to choose from in the menu.
The ambiance was very minimally decorated and it was alfresco area inside and outside of the restaurant. A large cement tank outside of the restaurant held live fishes to ensure freshness at the restaurant.
Drinks came and I happily sipped my fresh Kedondong Juice with Salty Plum while my other half enjoyed a refreshing chilled Fresh Coconut as well as a Soy Bean Milk for the little one.
First up, a delectable looking Deep Fried Chicken with Mango Salad (RM16 – small). Crispy and juicy chicken topped with a piquant mango salad that was deliciously addictive. I would be happy with this dish alone with steamed rice.
A coconut filled with Seafood Otak Otak (RM25) was next and it was filled with lots of tender seafood and eggy spiced otak otak custard. Flavours were decent and goes well with rice but I would have loved a bit more spices and heat to kick it up another notch. Seafood was fresh and well-cooked and there was plenty to go around the table.
I have savored Kaeng Sam before and it’s a dish that packs a huge punch in flavour. The Deep Fried Siakap with Kaeng Sam (RM50) here didn’t have the wow factor that most Kaeng Sam are famous for. Nevertheless, the fish is fresh, sweet and nicely cooked. Lots of vegetables goes into the Kaeng Sam and I was particularly fond of the fresh bamboo shoots. I would have loved big robust tangy and spicy flavours to be amp up in this case.
Although Nong & Jimmy do not serve BBQ seafood during lunch, they do have lots of seafood cooked in their menu such as this Black Pepper Crab (Seasonal Price). Despite it looking pretty dark, the flavours are super yum. One gets a big hit of peppery note with a luscious aroma from the sticky dark pepper sauce. Crab was meaty and sweet too.
For fillers, there is the Thai Laksa (RM10.90) served with lots of vegetables for our own DIY. The Laksa soup was served on the side and this hearty bowl of piquant and sublime thick fish gravy will take your taste sense to an explosion of fireworks in your mouth. I loved this a lot. Finally a dish that kicks and makes me sweat. For me to love any Thai restaurants, their food must have a bold kick of flavours of savory, sweet, spicy and sour. Not for the faint-hearted but damn shiok!
More fillers with Pineapple Fried Rice (RM8) and Seafood Fried Rice (RM8). The Pineapple Fried Rice obviously has lots of small cubed pineapples with seafood and raisin. It’s on the sweeter end compared to the Seafood Fried Rice. I prefer the latter for its simplicity and flavour.
Nong & Jimmy wasn’t how I remembered it but that’s because I didn’t have the Thai BBQ like I did the last time. Lunch was sufficient nevertheless but looks like I will be coming back for dinner simply because I love their Thai BBQ seafood and that awesome Yau Char Kwai with Pandan Kaya that they are also famous for.
NONG & JIMMY THAI BBQ
198C Jalan 15
Kampung Baru Ampang
Tel: 016-756-8058 / 016-692-8112
Lunch 12.00pm-2.30pmDinner 5.30pm-11.00pm