Among the various restaurants that are part of Sydney's Gateway Building in Circular Quay, Jimmy's Recipe is the place to visit if you have a craving for Malaysian street food. Despite being located in an obscure corner, it still attracted a crowd of a decent size during lunchtime.
When ordering their Hainanese Chicken Rice, you have the choice of having it with breast or leg meat. We were delighted that the rice had the flavoursome "chicken rice" flavour that is a key part of this dish's enjoyment. The chicken breast that I chose was also cooked just right. Accompanying the dish was chicken broth as well as chilli and ginger sauces that the chicken can be dipped in to liven up its flavour.
Hainanese Chicken Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Though we thought the Chicken Curry that we chose for the Nasi Lemak was a bit oily, the chunks of chicken were still succulent and the spiciness level of the gravy should be suitable for most tastes. Their Nasi Lemak is notable for including what seemed like Acar (Asian vegetable pickle) to add a bit of tang to the dish. The fried ikan bilis and peanuts had a wonderful crunch to them and the chilli sambal had a good amount of spice.
Available as a lunch special during our visit, the kangkong (water spinach) in their Kangkong with Rice dish still a bite to it and the sambal sauce it was cooked with helped to lift its flavour. A sprinkling of fried shallots on the kangkong and rice added a bit of crunch with the plain rice being a good foil to the spicy kangkong.
Kangkong with Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The décor of the restaurant gave it a comfortable feel and the tables were spaced a good distance from each other. Its location is great for those who are near Circular Quay and do not want to travel all the way to their second branch at The Galleries shopping centre in the Sydney CBD.