I was randomly searching for food the other day, and I came across Claypot Crab Rice from Restaurant Rasa Lain. An unorthodox way of eating crabs.. at least for me. It seems like people had gone creative now, chili crabs, black pepper crabs, sweet and sour crabs is no longer the 'In' thing now in the food world.
The source gave a good review on Restaurant Rasa Lain and definitely the Claypot Crab Rice as the highlight of the review. What it did not mention was that it cost RM 57 for that particular Claypot Crab Rice... and I'm completely dumbfounded upon receiving the bill.
I was there with Sin Can, and apart from the Claypot Crab Rice, we ordered two side dishes as well, a vege and 'Lala Clamps' which pile up the bill to RM 80 in total excluding the two coconut drinks we were having. So what seems like a normal dinner turns out to be a lavish celebration with no particular occasion in our mind...
Nevertheless the food was great, the portion was way too huge for two person, maybe three would be nice. The crab was excellent, but it takes time getting use to crab meats that are dried without any sauce, unlike usual where hot chili or sweet sour sauce pouring over on the crab shells. The claypot rice was fine, the usual 'Chao Ta' smell you get from claypot which I like.. but the thing I hated was instead of having finely define bits of rice, the grains hardened hence, the rice do not get a perfect covered of black sauce overall.
'Lala Clamp' was perfect.. I love the simple steamed Lala Clamps, with sesame sauce, ginger and garlic bits. The meat was succulent, tasty and fresh. Most importantly it was wayyyyyy easier comparing to eating crabs... towards a point where I just wanna get over with my crabs and start digging in on that lovely tasty clamps. RM 15 for a plate like this, which I think is a fair deal. comparing to that RM 57 claypot crab rice I just ate.
Dry fried Brinjal.. biggest mistake considering that the Claypot was dry and the Lala Clamps have little sauce. I'm basically eating dry food that day. Not to say it was bad, but it did feel a little oily and the fried onion bits was a little too much I think.
So Restaurant Rasa Lain.. true to its name.. it did taste different but whether it taste nice it depends on your own judgement. Will I go there again? Yeah.. there's a whole lot more choice to choose from and I do believe that restaurant serve good food judging on the amount of customers that night.
Address: 69, Persiaran Medan Bercham 2, Pusat Bandar Baru Bercham, Ipoh.
Operating hours: 5-1030pm, closes on Wednesday.