Merrida Restaurant

Special thanks to SL Guan for extending this food review invitation.

Merrida Hotel, formerly known as Prescott Hotel, is a hotel along the Federal Highway (Lebuhraya Persekutuan) in Klang. Among Klang townsfolk, this bustling road is better known as Persiaran Sultan Ibrahim.
Merrida Restaurant is the sole eatery in this hotel. Besides providing buffet breakfast for hotel guests, Merrida Restaurant also serves Thai cuisine to walk-in customers. In addition, seafood and Chinese-style cooking are also available.
The restaurant has dining tables for small and large parties. The buffet counter and kitchen are located at the far end.
Should customers prefer some privacy, several private dining rooms are also available.
The signature dish at Merrida Restaurant is Tomyam Seafood (ต้มยำทะเล, RM36.90), which is the chef's own specialty.
This Thai curry is infused with fresh seafood such as fish, shrimps and squid. Its sour-spicy flavor is an ideal appetite-enhancer for lunch today.
Another delicacy recommended by the staff is Fried Chicken With Lemongrass (ไก่ทอดตะไคร้, RM28.90). Lovely chicken chunks are marinated with turmeric, ginger, onion and lemongrass, then deep-fried to scrumptious perfection. Fresh ulam (Malay salad) is provided on the side.
Next on our dining table is Patpet Stir Fried Sotong (ผัดเผ็ดปลาหมึก, RM29.90). The word patpet (ผัดเผ็ด) means "spicy" in Thai. For this dish, squid slices are stir-fried with long beans, red chili pepper and spicy gravy.
Kerabu Mango (ตำมะม่วง, RM13.90) is another appetizing Thai delicacy. This salad dish consists of julienne young mango tossed with roasted peanuts, anchovies, onions and bird's eye chili (cili padi). Kerabu Mango can be punishing if you are not used to spicy food!
Our meal moves on to a hot plate of Thai-Style Steamed Fish (ปลานึ่งมะนาว, seasonal price). The fish of choice is striped red mullet. Although quite bony, the flesh is quite refined and works pretty harmoniously with Thai-style jus.
Moving on to vegetables, a plate of Chinese Style Kailan (ผักคะน้า, RM19.90) is served. Chopped Chinese kale is lightly stir-fried in garlic and light soy sauce to maintain juiciness of stems.
Three-Flavored Taufu (เต้าหู้น้ำพริกเผา, RM18.90) is the last dish to be served, but is nevertheless worth the wait. Appealing Thai-style sweet chili sauce is poured over deep-fried bean curd, making the latter very delectable indeed.
Like many Thai restaurants, rice is provided in a large pot and charged by per-person basis.
Merrida Restaurant is halal-certified, so it does not contain pork in its menu. The restaurant is also one of the few seafood restaurants in this part of Klang. Unlike many downtown restaurants, Merrida Restaurant benefits from plenty of parking spaces within the hotel's compound.

Name: Merrida Restaurant
Address: 18A, Lebuh Enggang off Persiaran Sultan Ibrahim, 41050 Klang, Selangor
Contact: 03-3344-8833
Business hours: 11:00am-3:00pm, 6:00pm-11:00pm
Website: http://www.merridahotel.com/facilities-services/dining-facilities
Coordinates: 3.05120 N, 101.45730 E
Directions: Driving eastward from downtown Klang along Persiaran Sultan Ibrahim, go to ground level before Bulatan 100 roundabout. After the roundabout, take the smaller service road to the left and drive for approximately 200 meters. Turn left to Lebuh Enggang and Merrida Hotel is located immediately on the right. Merrida Restaurant is located at the south wing of the hotel complex. Free parking is available for restaurant customers.

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