Find delicious biryani rice at KL's Prince Court Medical Centre Food Galleria… yes, it's in the hospital!

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 — I’m used to finding the most delicious food at the most unlikely places but I wouldn’t have thought of a hospital.

This started from a random conversation I had with a chef at an event. When asked if he had a place to recommend good food, he pointed me in the direction of Prince Court Medical Centre!

It definitely piqued my curiosity.

Usually hospital food is bland and boring but I had heard from friends who were at Prince Court Medical Centre that the food is really good.

This time round, what was recommended was the biryani rice at Food Galleria, their restaurant located at the basement level of the hospital.

The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch items. You have a mix of Western, local and Indian specialties.

I was told to try the biryani rice from the Indian kitchen which is served for lunch which starts from 11am onwards. For breakfast, they serve parotta (or roti canai) and two types of tosai. The masala tosai is also available for lunch, if you wish to have a lighter meal.

Tender chunks of lamb are paired with fluffy biryani rice... so good that you won't be able to stop eating.

Tender chunks of lamb are paired with fluffy biryani rice… so good that you won’t be able to stop eating.

What I noticed when I walked into the eatery was how almost every table had a biryani rice platter! A good sign.

You have a choice of biryani rice served with a chicken, lamb or tandoori chicken. The chicken biryani is priced at RM25 while the lamb biryani is RM28.

It’s served on a stainless steel platter that comes with raita, masala onion gravy, a hard boiled egg and pappadums.

For a healthier slant, the meats served here don’t have much extra fat. For instance, the chunks of lamb were well trimmed of any excess fat. You may think the texture of the meat is affected since there is less fat but the meat is tender. Similarly the chicken is devoid of chicken skin and the fat has also been trimmed. Again, the meat is tender and flavourful.

I often tell myself to eat less rice but with this biryani rice lightly perfumed with spices and served with toasted cashew nuts, I ended up polishing off every rice grain. It’s an appetising meal, where all the elements go well together from the gravy, the meat and the condiments.

You can also ask for extra gravy which I tend to do since I like loads of gravy with my meal. It’s mildly spicy so the raita wasn’t really needed.

The set-up at Food Galleria allows for a spacious and pleasant dining experience.

The set-up at Food Galleria allows for a spacious and pleasant dining experience.

Pair it with a cup of hot teh tarik and it makes a pleasant lunch in the middle of the city. Parking is also a breeze here as they have an ample open air space for parking.

You can view the monthly menu on the website.

Food Galleria, Prince Court Medical Centre, Level B1, 39, Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur. Open: 8am to 5pm (Monday to Friday), 9am to 3pm (Saturday). Closed on Sunday and public holidays. Website:

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