Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Malgudi. What comes to mind when you hear of the name? 

Malgudi Restuarant is actually a common sight on the route to my work place. I would stop at the traffic light and this unique name 'Malgudi' would chant once in my head. It sounds like a really authentic Indian name and I told myself that I would visit one day.

As if it was the work of Law of Attraction, it finally came the day when I set foot in this restaurant to taste authentic Indian food from the northern and southern.

Malgudi is actually a fictional place created by a novel writer, R. K. Narayan but it has been mentioned too many times, many people actually thought it was a real place. Perhaps the description was so vivid that it conned many people into believing it to be a town somewhere in India.

The interior of the restaurant was surrounded by pieces of caricature created by the novelist brother, R. K. Laxman in reference to the famous novel. Walking into Malgudi Restaurant, it is as if I am walking into the imaginary realm of Malgudi, where the creative cuisines of Southern and Northern India are served.  

 // Lime Juice //

In conjunction with the upcoming Merdeka Day in Malaysia, Malghudi has came out with a new menu to commemorate this special day. The meal started with a refreshing note of Lime Juice (RM5). The Lime Juice was curated with a balance flavour of sourness from freshly squeezed lime, the right amount of sugar and ice water. 

 // Seval Combo //

Seval Combo (RM16), a light yet appetizing starter platter was then served. This vegetarian deep fried crisps comprise of onions, bitter gourds, and cauliflower. The vegetables are dipped into a batter flavoured with classic Indian spices before deep fried into crunchy fritters. It was so good, the platter was emptied within a few minutes.

 // Seval Combo // 

 // Nasi Lemak Briyani //

The main was finally served with Nasi Lemak Briyani (RM19.50) - as the name suggest, the curator behind this dish decided to replace the traditional coconut milk rice with a specialty briyani rice (cooked with coconut milk) served along with the traditional nasi lemak must haves; sambal, cucumber, fried anchovies, peanuts, side with a splitted half boiled egg and a scrumptious Malgudi fried chicken

The sambal is said to taste fiery but sambal lovers said it's all good! Try it and tell me how fiery it is in a scale of 1 - 10. The amount of coconut milk in the briyani nasi lemak recipe was moderate, increasing the fragrant of the rice without empowering the flavours of the briyani spice. They were not at all stingy with the spices used as big chunks of spices can be found hidden in the rice itself. I like the surprise of heighten aromatic flavours found in rice surrounding the spice bits. 

The scrumptious Malgudi fried chicken which accompany the rice looks overcooked but trust me, the texture was crispy on the outer layer but meat still juicy and tender in the inside. The marination with spice makes it all aromatic with a tinge of spiciness.

The strong spice flavours was their specialty considering that Malgudi's dishes are prepared by skillful chef who originated from India. Their spices was prepared in-house from the start of drying right to the end of grinding the spices to form powders when necessary.

  // Nasi Lemak Briyani //

 // Kulfi //

The meal ended with a popular dessert in India named Kulfi (RM7.50). It made quite a scene even before it was served. I can understand why when I tasted my first scoop. This frozen dairy dessert from the India subcontinent is churned out of a mixture containing cow's milk, saffron, sugar and let frozen. The final product is then served with nuts on top. 

The introduction of saffron into the recipe creates an intriguing milky caramel taste that gets me wanting more. There were signs of frozen ice crisps when I took a small scoop off the Kulfi but once it lands on my tongue, it melts into an alluring smooth texture.

It is so good, I am definitely going back for a second.

 // Kulfi // 

Malgudi Restaurant is made up of two floors and provide areas separated by curtains to introduce more privacy when required. Their tables are also easily adjustable to cater for large group customers. It is quite a lovely place for private gathering or functions.

Malgudi actually had a change of management about 8 months ago and I have got to say that I am impressed with the dishes served. I have never really tasted authentic Northern and Southern Indian food but this meal has got me hooked. I will be looking forward to another visit to discover more classic taste of India delicacies.

If you are looking forward to taste their special menu, do drop by from 31 Aug 2017 to 16 Sept 2017 as these special dishes is served for a limited time only!

Malghudi Restaurant

a: 17, Lorong Universiti C, Section 16, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
t: +603-7931 2556

h: 12.00pm - 3.30pm, 6.00pm - 10.30pm



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