After having spent 22 long years in the kitchens of some of the top hotels and resorts around Malaysia, Chef Hj. Shuid bin Hj. Othman decided that it was time to be his own boss. Nine years ago, along with his wife, Nor Haslina, Chef Shuid opened his first Western restaurant in Tanjung Malim, Perak, despite being a Penangite.
This restaurant in the new student township of Taman Universiti, Tanjung Malim, was opened three years ago, after relocating to this area. The first attractions of the steakhouse and steamboat would be the many decorative items. It’s a gallery by itself with thousands of items to catch one’s eye.
According to Chef Shuid, these are knick-knacks from his personal collection, and although he had wanted his restaurant to spot an Arabic concept initially, obviously it didn’t work out! Nevertheless, Chef Shuid loves to see the smiles on the faces of his patrons and their children as they admire his collections while waiting to be served.
Chef Shuid said that unlike the many Western-style cafés and eateries mushrooming all over town, his food presentation is as authentic as one could get. He said, “There’s nothing fanciful about my food presentation as I prefer to let the taste do the talking.”
One thing that needs improving is its open-concept kitchen. It is in need of better ventilation as no diner wants to smell of food himself after a meal here.
California Steakhouse & Steamboat
Add: 31, Jalan U1, Taman Universiti, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak.
Business hours: 12 noon – 11pm daily (closed on Fridays)
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