I have been eyeing this outlet, Ayam Penyet AP (CLOSED), every time I walk past when I visit 1 Utama. Usually that would be on a Friday evening when my partner and I go for our dinner date. I don't know if this place is popular but compared to the other surrounding food outlets, it does not seem as busy.
I did not want to take my partner there as this is not his type of food. We did visit another (now closed) ayam penyet place at 1 Utama which was Waroeng Iga. I'm afraid the ayam penyet that I had was less than stellar. We were given the breasts (as they ran out of legs) and it was dry and nothing, even the sambal, was memorable.
One weekend when my partner was away, I went on one of my epic shopping sprees (will write about that later) and took the opportunity to visit Ayam Penyet AP.
It was early of course, just as my watch struck 11:00am (hah...hah...), I walked in to an empty restaurant. The other outlets nearby were already showing signs of life.
I took a look at the menu and noted that you either order the items separately (chicken, rice, sambal) or go for the set which comes with a fixed drink. You pay extra to upgrade for a soft drink.
I decided to go for separate items since I wanted neither the teh-o nor the soft drink.
So there you go, my Ayam Penyet AP, rice, sambal and the Soya Cendol. The reason I ordered the side sambal was because from experience, restaurants are usually quite stingy. You get something like a tiny dollop and are left wanting. But here, they are generous with the sambal.
I liked the sambal, it is kick ass hot, hot, hot. I only managed half of the side order of sambal which was a generous helping.
The complimentary soup was nice (something like sup tulang) but it was a tad salty. So I did not finish it.
Now let's talk about the chicken. It did not look penyet (smashed) to me. It was basically a lightly spiced fried chicken topped with crispy bits of flour. In fact you can also order a side of this crispy bits.
The chicken was quite small and not very meaty. It did not taste like anything special and it was the sambal that got me through my meal. So you could conclude that I was disappointed.
The rice was dryish and clumpy, like overnight rice. I had to mix it with the sambal to make it go down easier.
The Soya Cincau was all right except that the cendol was hard, it was probably those frozen ones (is there such a thing?). So I just finished the drink.