This makan spot is really way out of my normal zone. I just had to post about it because I managed to find the place by chance although I had read about it vaguely in an online forum discussion board some time ago.
We were actually at KLIA yesterday morning to send off a nephew who was going for further studies in Jakarta. Late afternoon was spent doing some shopping at Jusco Equine Park, after which I decided to make a detour to Bangi on our way home to JB. There was no particular reason why I wanted to drive around Bandar Baru Bangi except that I had heard of a few good eating places that are maybe worth trying. It had also been quite a while since my wife last visited Bangi (she was a student at UKM) so the detour was to refresh her memories too.
Of course, Bandar Baru Bangi has developed tremendously since our last visit but we didn't get lost because I have a fair idea of the town's layout and the road signs were adequate. We drove leisurely past UKM along the winding road all the way down to Bangi Old Town and then made a turn back. I then remembered about this makan place supposedly situated somewhere near the Atomic Energy Board on the road to Dengkil, so I took a left turn when I saw the Dengkil/Banting signboard. A few kilometres down, I spotted a signboard that shows the way to Tasik Idaman Restaurant.
The restaurant is situated on the edges of two lakes which I reckon are disused mining pools. The owner has sort of rebuilt the place into a nice recreational area that includes a paintball arena, floating jetty for fishing, kayaking and the aforementioned restaurant. The restaurant itself consists of different seating options : you can choose to sit in a large but cosy dining area, small individual huts covering a single table or have your meal open-air at tables placed on a floating platform on the lake itself. If you have the itch to test your vocal skills, no problems too. The restaurant has karaoke facilities complete with a stage and dee-jay.
Since it was drizzling last night, we had our meal at the dining hall. Our dinner consisted of ikan siakap stim limau (siakap fish steamed with lime), sotong goreng tepung (deep-fried squid dipped in batter), udang kertas masak tiga rasa (large prawns cooked in three flavours) and kailan ikan masin (kailan vege with salted fish). The food was delicious.
The steamed fish had a real tangy taste of lime. The prawns were fresh and cooked in a savoury tiga-rasa style that I have never tasted before. The batter-dipped squid were crisp and served with a homemade sweet chilli dip. Sungguh enak dan lazat. The whole meal for four cost me RM152, reasonable enough.
I gather that this place is quite well-known among Bangi folks although is situated really out of the way. A google-search of this restaurant revealed that a number of customers have already blogged about it. It seems that the place is packed at weekends and customers may have to wait quite a bit for their meals to be served. We discovered the place early (around 6.30pm), so did not have to wait long.
Restoran Tasik Idaman have their own blog -> here. Click on the link to find out more about the place and also for a location map. Images above are from the restaurant's blog.
But to really understand why I say that this place is way, way out there... check the location on this wikimapia link. Zoom out on the map and scroll upwards until you can see the Bangi Exit of the N-S Highway, then you'll know what I mean.