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Thursday, April 13, 2006 11 comments
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EDIT: Ok, i still can't find that dratted business card but, just to clarify, we'll be going to the nearby La Bodega Lounge at about 10:30pm or 11pm for after-dinner drinks. Also, there'll be a bit of a special event occuring while we're there so try not to miss it 'k? ;)
Ok, dodgy names aside (Mary's chutney? Ewww...), i'd just like to say inform you all that, at long last, we're going Indian this week!
Despite the fact that i recall taking their business card and noticing that they had their own website (a very uncommon thing, unfortunately, for the vast majority of restaurants out here in KL) i can find next to nothing about the place online, except for one sole review by Plonk Wonk.
Having never tried the place myself, except to admire the decor, here's what he had to say (all pics are from his site btw):
...It was my third time in chutney mary's since they opened late 2005 and service had improved. the food was served faster now and the quality is consistent though the decor, which i can only describe as post-modern-retro-funk-gone-kablooey has its moments. its kitsch as only the subcontinent can and do make in its infinitesmal creativity.
Let's just say the food is better.
We started with spiced papads - the dried lentil chips mingled with spices that exists to melt in your mouth once fried or lightly grilled over a flame. the pepper-corn papad - rolled into cones went well with the mint chutney.
The menu had the usual complement of meats and seafood, vegetables, briyanis and rotis with a good sprinkling of paneer or cottage cheese being among the main ingredients. a trip to india last year revealed the power of the paneer and since then, it has been a favourite in many a meal.
We settled on a couple of paneer kulchas or bread stuffed with cottage cheese and the pretty good hyderabadi lamb briyani, which can almost hold its own against even the garden-variety hyderabadi briyani found in any restaurant in northern india.
Of course, the ones in india are just awesome and spicy with the lamb just coming off the bone after being cooked in exquisite basmati rice for hours on end. together with the yoghurt-based raita dip, this briyani is just mind-blowing or rather, gut-busting.
Our table also hosted the laal maas - a lamb curry cooked in kashimiri style that was spicy as it was piquant, together with the noor-e-chaman or the saag paneer as it is commonly known in malaysia, the basic cottage cheese with spinach that has been mashed beyond recognition.
Definitely better than it looked and it combined well with the raita, the cottage cheese's mild sharpness offset by the spinach and rounded off by the onion-chilli yoghurt raita.
A fish dish helped to round off the meal, namely the rasabari macchi or a rather fresh dory cooked with vegetables and pungent spices that added the zing to the briyani.
You can read the entire review here.
Hrmmm... still, not bad eh? ;)
Anyhow, i'll try and update this post once i find that pesky business card but in the meantime i'llattempt to provide some additional details...
In terms of location its on the opposite side of the street as La Bodega in Bangsar proper (NOT Bangsar Shopping Center) on Jalan Telawi 2. Facing out from La Bodega it would be to the left and near the corner of the street - and seriously, with a name like that you'd be hard pressed to miss it! :p
Dinner is on Saturday, 8:30pm as usual and, as per procedure, if you're interested in coming kindly either leave a comment here, email me, or phone me for additional details and/or bookings with details on which event(s) you are coming for and how many friends/mistresses/animals/Hell's Angels/family/etc you will be bringing. During the night itself the tables will be booked under my name.
As always, anyone who reads this is welcome to come! :)
Name: Patrick Pincon
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