Fried chicken is, I’m afraid, a weakness of mine. So when I spotted that there was a new fried chicken eatery in town, that was not a fast food chain, I was interested. Even more interesting was finding out that Project B is a social enterprise by the Dignity for Children Foundation, to help underprivileged children break the chain of poverty. The proceeds are supposed to be channeled back into the foundation to provide education and training.
Project B is a collaboration between Berjaya and The Big Group, and are staffed by older teens. The cafe is located in Sentul Boulevard, at a corner, with fairly ample parking around the place. I stopped by one evening for a take away, to sample the food after hearing about this place for a while.
Manned by teens, I could tell that they were enthusiastic albeit inexperienced, so I cut them some slack when it came to taking orders. While I appreciate that this initiative is to teach the kids some life and work skills, it should also teach them efficiency and expediency.
Orders are placed at the counter, and it wasn’t really necessary for 2 people to take the order. Perhaps the cafe was empty at this time, just before dinner time, so the kids were at a loose end. I’ll give them that.
I ordered the Malaysian Combo set (RM15), which was a nasi lemak with 2 pieces of rempah fried chicken and a drink. I didn’t specify the parts I wanted, so I received a thigh and wing. Fairly decent sizes of both.
The rice, together with half an egg, ikan bilis, peanuts and sambal was generously portioned and packed in waxed paper, for an authentic feel. The fried chicken was freshly fried and came packed separately so it doesn’t go soft. I found it fairly tasty although the sambal may be a bit mild for those who prefer something spicy. The combo set came with a soft drink which was served to me while I waited and I appreciated that.
I also ordered their Signature Crunch buttermilk chicken (RM12) for 2 pieces.
Again, fairly large pieces of chicken were freshly fried and served hot. I did find this one a little salty but it was fairly juicy while crunchy on the outside.
I found the prices reasonable enough for a cafe, although service was a little slow. When I was there, there were no customers, and I had to wait over 15 minutes for my order to be completed. I’m not sure if it was because I was early or because of inexperience, but not every customer would be as patient as I was. Still, I think this a valiant effort, and a very nice venture to support.
Ambiance: Casual cafe/restaurant with a small menu. Seating is ample in a casual cafe atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating.
Service: You place orders and pay at the counter. I believe the food is served to you at your table but mine was a take away order so I can’t be sure. I found the service a little slow, but the chicken was freshly fried which might explain why this is so.
Taste: The nasi lemak was not bad – mild flavoured so will suit most palates. The spicy fried chicken was not very spicy and was tasty. The buttermilk chicken was a little salty. Chicken pieces were fairly large sized and crunch on the outside while remaining decently juicy on the inside.
Price: I found the price reasonable for the portions and type of cafe/restaurant. The combo sets are especially good value and prices are inclusive of GST with no additional service charge.
25-G Jalan 11/48A,
Sentul Raya Boulevard,
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am-10pm
A new cafe specialising in fried chicken in the up and coming area of Sentul. Parking is fairly easy to find and the space is bright with ample seating. Prices of food are reasonable and the combo sets are good value for money. Service does tend to be a little slow but the servers and staff, who are young teens, are enthusiastic and friendly and it is all for a good cause.
Try these: Malaysian Combo set, Hot & Spicy Ayam Berempah
No Pork served.