Wednesday, 11 June 2014

10 must try Indian Food in Bangsar

Bangsar has a vast array of Indian restaurants, everything from small, family-owned hole-in-the-wall spots to massive establishments with expansive menus & multiple locations. And with the temperature constantly changing, a heart, spicy-very spicy Indian feast could be the thing! 

It usually takes an Indian to introduce the best Indian food. Haha. Sooo here, in no particular order, are my ten must-try Indian food in Bangsar area.

10) Ganga Cafe

Tucked away in Lorong Kurau in the heart of Bangsar is The Ganga Cafe. A vegetarian restaurant, previously known as Prem Ki Ganga Cafe and Deli. A pure wholesome South Indian vegetarian cuisine with a twist of Gujarati flavours and Malaysian local fare. It helps that the restaurant serves vegan food that is MSG-free,using vegetables from its own farm.Their rotis & chapatis is a must try! They make five kinds of chapati! And honestly speaking, their roti canai (or pratha) is the best I've ever had in KL.

Menu: Here

19 Lorong Kurau,
Off Jalan Riong, Bangsar Pertama 
59100 Kuala Lumpur

+603 2284 2119 /+6012 303 5310 

Tues - Sat. 8.30am to 9.30pm
Sun. 10.00am to 3.00pm
Closed on Mon.

9) Om Shakti Chelo's Appam Stall

By far the best Apam! Enough said. 

This stall under a zinc roof serves the most authentic pal-appam, or milk hoppers, in town. Chelo, the owner, has been dishing out her delicious appam for more than 20 years. Most times, customers have to queue to get their piping hot appam. The appam, laced with crispy edges, has a contrasting texture of soft, fluffy, and well risen center with sweet coconut milk. 

I would say it's best combination with a hot cup of teh tarik. 

Lucky Gardens Hawker Stalls, 
Lorong Ara Kiri 3, 

10am to 11pm

8) Sri Ananda Bhavan


So basically, my uncle introduced this place to me. Sri Ananda Bhavan, conveniently situated right behind Bangsar LRT station offers nasi kandar, naan, tandoori, thosai, roti, chapati & more. Apparently it has the best and most orgasmic naan ever!! I must say, this place gave me a whole different perception of naan.

A set of garlic naan and tandoori chicken

The naan looks pretty dry in this pic but honestly it was amaaazinggg!!! Go try & tell me what you think.  

No.26, Jalan Bangsar Utama 1, 
Bangsar Utama, 
59100 Kuala Lumpur

03-2284 4170

7) Fierce Curry House

Living up to their name, they surely are fierce with their extensive choices of authentic Indian cuisineTheir most popular dishes are the nasi briyani and banana leaf riceFridays are 4-variety briyani day at the Fierce, whereby there are 4 types of biryani available: chicken, mutton, fish, and veggie. They also make lobster, king prawns, scallops, and venison briyani by special order! 

Before even visiting Fierce Curry House, I have read about its famous Hydrebad Dum Briyani, so I opted for this. The briyani is served in a silver pot which is sealed with capati to retain the essence of flavours, keeping the moist and steam from escaping. When the fragrant from the briyani meets the powerful flavour of the curry, it was a pièce de résistance.

16, Jalan Kemuja, 
Bangsar Utama, 
Kuala Lumpur. 
(close to Bangsar LRT)

019-383 0945 / 03-2202 3456 

Mon -Sun. 10.30am to 10.30pm

6) Devi's Corner

Devi's Corner serves a good banana leaf food experience without ever rising to the heady gastronomic stars to really satisfy its hungry customers. Tucked away upstairs, the banana leaf range is an impressive one. (Yes! there is an upstairs. Found out about it when I was brought here by my younger sister to ease the sudden crave for banana leaf rice)

The highlights of Devi’s Corner are the Kerala fish curry & the crab curry. I love to flood my plain rice with a mixture of both these curries. Trust me, it is heavenly!! You have a choice of dhal curry (lentils) or Sambar, Kerala fish curry and crab curry to pour over your rice. 

A standard banana leaf rice set comes with a serving of 3 types of vegetables of the day, ranging from deep fried bitter gourd, cabbage, ocra, potatoes with onions etc and rice. They also throw in condiments like dried chillis, chutneys and papadam (crackers). Oh & the mango chutney is to DIE for! Oh so yum! Always craving for more :D

Service however, needs more sprucing up.

69 Jalan Telawi 3, 
59100 Bangsar. 
(opposite Bangsar Village II)

03 2282 7591

Opens 24 hours

5) Sri Nirwana Maju

  1. Nirwana serves up perfectly-spiced South Indian breakfast, lunch & dinner in a coffee-shop setting as well as al-fresco dining on the corridor. The extensive menu includes homestyle favorites: lightly-spiced meats and curry that will please almost any palate. Nirwana's is one & the only place I know that serves banana leaf cuisine up to wee hours in the morning. People come here for banana leaf up to 1 in the morning! Every customer-full table is covered with banana leaves & the customers range from foreigners to locals.

Banana leaf rice experience wouldn't be complete with a glass of salted lassi yogurt , in my humble opinion. It balances out the spiciness on your tongue as well as your stomach at the end of the meal. 

Oh & I must say this isn't the cheapest banana leaf meal in town.

If you want to drop by there for lunch or dinner, be prepared to wait for a table. The restaurant is packed with people almost everyday. Bare it mind, at times you would have to wait up to 20 mins just for a table. It does get pretty annoying just by standing, waiting & watching people eat but, what’s a fair bit of waiting time compared to the great meal to be had?

43, Jalan Telawi 3, 
Bangsar Baru, 
Kuala Lumpur, 

03-2287 8445

Mon.-Sun. 10am -1:30am

4) Chutney Mary

Chutney Mary in a contemporary setting, right in the heart of Bangsar serving authentic Northern Indian cuisine which  offers just the perfect ambiance for good meals, business lunches, family dinners and more. The cozy lighting make a comfortable setting as you feast
on kormas, curries, kebabs, & more.

 I love how they beautifully their food is presented - in copper pots that keeps it warm & even the usual hum-drum flat crackers were given a pyramid shape. The Roomali bread, a favorite of mine made with no oil as they cook it at the back of the wok is a must try!

Chutney Mary serves up Indian gourmet like you've never tasted before

No. 21-G, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar
5910 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

03 2282 9923

Mon - Sun. 10am -12am

3) Indian Kitchen

A friend of mine told me about this place that serves good Indian food in Bangsar called Indian Kitchen. Curious, I decided to visit this place for lunch. Indian kitchen is in a row of terraced shops, bars and eateries on Jalan Telawi 3, it makes no grand song and dance about its curries, naans, lassies or indeed its setting. It’s a humble place, accommodating a modest number of diners in a quiet, family-friendly environment. When it comes to food, however, Indian Kitchen could be forgiven for shouting out loud.

This restaurant serves the best and affordable Northern Indian food. Everything here is made fresh, including the justifiably reputed as 'incredible' roti selection. I tried the set lunch which offers 3 varieties to choose from including drinks and it was really worth RM15 per set. 

All in all, the food is pretty good. Be sure to try their mutton briyani. I must say, it's one of the best I have tried

15, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 
59100, Kuala Lumpur, 
WP Kuala Lumpur, 59100

03-2284 0522

Mon.-Sun. 12pm - 10.30pm

2) Saravana Bhavan

If you're looking for hearty Indian vegetarian food that even meat lovers will enjoy then look no further as this spot has a multitude of delicious dishes to pick from. Saravanaa Bhavan specializes in South Indian vegetarian cuisine and is actually a chain of fifty-seven restaurants located across the globe. 

I first discovered this place when my dad brought us all here for lunch many years ago. The ambiance and interiors are decently done and quite good.  The food is good, though may not be at par with the some restaurants in Malaysia, but definitely not far away.

I ordered my all time favorite rava thosai. They were served on a large stainless still plate along with built-in compartments filled with a range of chutneys. And it was so good, so good! Oh & you can never go wrong with a gulab jamun either, dripping in a sweet as honey syrup. Do make sure you try that :D Slurp! 

The only bummer about eating here is the horrendous parking around Jalan Telawi that can drive a person mad but be warned as the authorities clamp down quite hard on illegal parking.

52, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar,
59100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

03 2287 1228

1) Anjappar Chettinad Restaurant

Anjappar is another chain that originated in Chennai, brings the cuisine of the Chettiars from Chettinad, in India. Chettinad is a small village in the  Southern Tamil Nadu State of  India. Anjappar Chettinad Restaurant offers the best authentic & genuine North and South Indian food, specializing in Tamil cuisine.

Chettinad cuisine is known for heavy use of spices, making it one of the most aromatic food in India. Anjappar serves the best Mutton Biryani! :D Now you must understand that briyani in various parts of India have their own flavors and Chettinad biriyani has its own unique flavor. 

To my uneducated palate, I found the food similar to that served at Saravana Bhavan. To be honest, I didn't think the food lived up to the heights of Saravana Bhavan. But that's just my opinion.

56 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 
Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, 59100