Bei Zhan Restaurant, Melaka
Small Talk: I was a classmate’s company when I took a stroll down the Jonker Walk just now and unexpectedly, I saw not only some MMU friends but also some of my hometown friends who travelled all the way from KL to visit Malacca. (ahem.. not me.)
Once again I felt as if the world is as tiny as a town.
Before I went to Muar two weeks earlier (during Raya time), I had dinner with my gf and two of my MMU friends at this very nicely designed restaurant called Bei Zhan (Chinese: 北栈 běi zhàn).
It was my classmate, Kenz’s room-mate, Ah Kok, who suggested and directed us there because Capitol Satay Celup was full house. There was a queue that was extending till the next four shop lots beside the main restaurant. I wonder why people are willing to queue up so daymn long just for satay celup.
Anyway, let’s get back to Bei Zhan.
I was told that the restaurant is in its new location, meaning it was relocated to its current spot lately. I like its design. Totally.
From the outside, all you can see if its pure white corner-lot building with, also, white coloured signboard (or should I say the restaurant’s name because there isn’t any board after all above the entrance).
The ground floor was full with families dining in as we stepped into the restaurant and we were then shown the way to first floor where there’s another dining hall. The restaurant is marvellously big. Really one of its kind.
The theme, I assume, is pure white as the whole dining hall is painted in white and with the lights hung on the ceiling, it’s like they’re trying to be the brightest restaurant in Malacca. In my opinion, its interior decor is nothing short of magnificent. Its simple yet unique decor with the blend of pure white theme, which sparks its classiness, makes it a pleasant place to dine in.
I instantly felt as if I was in some high class western restaurant as I stepped into Bei Zhan. The only difference was majority of the people who were dining there were Chinese, and the food… I tell you… One word (with a symbol): Fantastic!
It’s like typical Chinese restaurant where you go in, place orders of the dishes you want and start chit-chatting and making noise until your food come, and you make even more noise (very often accompanied with burps) until you eventually finished your food. But still you won’t stop and keep making noise. Why??
Simply because the food is Fan. Tas. Tico. TM
(Oppsie, terikut-ikut Guru Pitka lol)
Anyway, I kid you not. The dining experience at Bei Zhan was pure bliss. The long queue at Capitol killed off our mood but Bei Zhan turned the tables completely and what a wonderful dinner we had. Now, all hail Ah Kok! Haha!
Four of us ordered four small different dishes and it cost us a sum of RM 50.10. I find it quite reasonable provided the ambience and the delicious food and not forgetting the rice. I have totally no idea what brand of rice they provide but I love it very much. Furthermore, the ‘unlimited access feature’ for the rice allows you to eat till you drop. That’s double plus for them!
There are three different sizes for most of the dishes shown on the menu – small, medium (regular), large. I didn’t take the picture of the menu so I kinda forgot exactly what they have. However, I’m sure they do serve typical Chinese food, and yes, including pork. That’s a minus for them since it’s non-halal.
One thing that I must highlight here is their Curry Vegetables (or sort, well, you gotta pard’n ma forgetfoolness ya see – I’ve been studyin’ like.no.other these two weeks n’ it’s like, ya know, I’ve overwritt’n ma memory) lol.
The mixed vegetables cooked (or rather boiled) in an overly delicious bowl of curry was way too tempting and the taste was so intense and scrumptious it made me felt as if I was in heaven that instance.
Okay, maybe I’m over-expressing it a little but their curry veggie is seriously daymn good. Hence, it’s a must try if you visit Bei Zhan. Too many good food for me to list so if you’re in town, be sure to pay ‘em a visit. I guarantee (money-back NOT) you a splendid dinner there.
Bei Zhan Restaurant
43, Jalan Kota Laksamana 2/17, Taman Kota Laksamana, Malacca.
Tel : +606-2812684
Fax : +606-2865068
URL : http://beizhan.com.my
Info updated in January 2011
Hope you’ll have a nice weekend ahead.
P.S. Yippiee!! Exam’s over!!