Don’t let the name Merlin misled you. It is actually a very run-down, old pre-war house and not some spanking 5-star hotel. This nasi kandar is known to us as ‘Merlin Nasi Kandar’ and is located at the junction of Union Street and Penang Street.
It still maintains it old charm of having those back-to-back wooden chairs with a small rectangular table which sits 4 person.
Unlike other chain nasi kandar restaurants, this nasi kandar stall brings out freshly cooked, steaming hot curries and rice and they are open only certain hours for breakfast and lunch. It is famous with the bank and office crowds.
The owner can be found scooping some secret gravy from atop his glass shelves. Until today, we do not know why he must put these gravies so high up (as high as his head) and take the trouble to slowly scoop the gravy on the rice. If you are there, do watch out for this funny ritual.
They don’t give you too many varieties to choose so everything is also good. The beef curry, fresh black pomfret (bawal hitam) curry, fried chicken and this white sambal nyior. On Fridays, they sell kick-ass nasi briyani too. Price wise, I found them to be cheaper than Line’s Clear.
Remember to check this place out. At the corner of Union Street and Penang Street.