McCutie: So, she’s serving food that Her mother used to serve her.
Me: No lah. She’s serving food that her grandmother made for her. That’s why the name of the place is Grandmama’s.

McCutie: Yea, that’s what I said. She’s making food that her mum used to make for HER.

Me: No! She’s one up-ed her mum with her grandmother’s recipe. So should be better than her mum’s!
McCutie: Aiyah, I’m right. I was saying that we’re eating food that Madam Kwan’s Mum used to make for her while she’s growing up lah!
Me: Huh? It’s confusing how your mind works.


One of the joys of my job is the generous amount of I time I spend at the malls. I’m there almost every day. Hence, it’s no surprise that I eat within these malls very often too. There are, of course, plenty to choose from. Now, as great as that sounds, there comes a time when I finally run out of places to try within a single mall and I get bored. So, any new openings are most welcomed.

Which is why I was happy to find out that the hoardings that wrapped the corner lot where O Cha Cha used to be has finally came down and revealed a spanking new eatery. The place goes by the name of Grandmama’s. It consist of an inner dining area with 2 private rooms and an opened area closer to T.G.I.F’s. I like the decor here. Charming and nostalgic setting with a modern twist. The hanging lights and the beautiful tiles adds the much needed warmth to the to this corner of the mall.

A quick look at the menu, dishes like Nasi Bojari, Nasi Lemak, Mushroom & Chicken Rice, Fish Head Curry reminded us of another well-known establishment. Heck, even the captain looks rather familiar (from the Bangsar outlet?). A quick check with the waiter revealed that the place is in fact opened by none other than Madam Kwan’s daughter. I guess producing good food must run within their blood.

Food arrived no more than 10 minutes after placing our orders. Perfect place for a quick lunch I’ll say. I can see why the Sang Har Kuay Teow is their signature dish here. It was yummy despite the lack to thickness in its artery clogging gravy. And it was nothing like the regular Sang Har Meen that I’ve had before. Thin flat noodles were swimming in a bowl of prawn broth with floating roes! Indulging to say the least. As I looked over to McCutie’s direction, I could tell that the Cantonese Yin Yong noodles were good too. Crispy fried noodles doused with a thick cloudy egg gravy. The texture is very much like the ones served at Madam Kwan. I like!

I love it when a simple meal turns out this satisfying. What’s more is that the prices here aren’t unlike its sister restaurant and the only thing missing (least right now) is the long queue right outside. That’s a good thing for impatient customers like me. I hate to wait in line. I’m heading to Pavilion again this week, perhaps I’ll have seconds at Grandmama’s?


Level 6
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2143 9333

10 Responses to Grandmama’s
  1. thule a.k.a leo
    August 17, 2009 | 4:15 am

    What day u r going there???

  2. J
    August 17, 2009 | 8:08 am

    Smells faintly of family feud?….
    (Ooh, drama!)

  3. J2Kfm
    August 17, 2009 | 8:29 am

    oh a family affair then? then it's grandmama Kwan's signature dishes? but helmed by the cucu?
    aiks … confused.

    thankfully they're miles apart (or at least, 5-6 floors). if not …

  4. Life for Beginners
    August 17, 2009 | 10:51 am

    Ooh the 1st pic reminds me of the conversation we had last nite… overpriced that SS2 place is yes, but their sang har meen is to die for lah… *drools*

  5. PureGlutton
    August 18, 2009 | 2:28 am

    Another sang har place to visit!

  6. Nic (KHKL)
    August 18, 2009 | 2:42 am

    omigosh, so many good reviews on the sang har guai tiu! i'm intrigued! must make a point to visit this place when i get back!

    good concept too! i shudda started a restaurant like this when my grandma was still alive. she can make one helluva solid hokkien mee. hmmm, wonder what should the name of the shop be…hehe

  7. "Joe" who is constantly craving
    August 18, 2009 | 9:01 am

    the nxt time im popping by having my lunch there..

  8. Bangsar-bAbE
    August 18, 2009 | 9:41 am

    I'm torn between the Sang Har Mee & Cantonese Noodles. Maybe I'll eat them both! =P

  9. qwazymonkey
    August 18, 2009 | 2:44 pm

    Leo: Sudah pergi on Monday

    J: family fued or not I dunno lah. But the food sure can fight!

    J2Kfm: We were both just as confused as you.

    LFB: Precisely.

    Pureglutton: Go, go, go!

    Nic: How about calling it Granbabitarian?

    Joe: Yeah cheaper than LaFite. LOL

    Bangsar Babe: I'm sure you'll be able to handle the cendol after that too.

  10. thenomadGourmand
    August 19, 2009 | 12:59 am

    Yes, other than the location, this plc really sounds promising!
    Did i hear you say the prices r better than Mdm Kwan's??