Monday, March 17, 2008

Gills Restaurant @ Jalan Kasah

Despite precautionary measures that my right side of the jaw was to be slowly put back in to action, my mouth was itchy for solid food, my camera was being itchy to touched and loved and my girlfriend obviously had to be fed.

So when she mentioned what food have you eaten without me, i muttered that indian restaurant without realising that i can work with only 1 side of my jaw. Well, if theres always a first for everything, first time you were put to school alone, first time you had to work for your own money, first time you spend your hard-earned money and the story goes.

Thus the first time to ever eat indian food after pulling out your wisdom tooth 5 days after the operation. Doesnt sound that bad, does it?

Now Gills has been around for ages, the first sign i see is the "All-day long Happy Hours" which clearly appear to be one of the reasons it is standing tall and proud in their corner outlet. They definitely know how to keep their customers happy, with cheap booze.

My constant haunt for butter chicken got the better of me to finally give this a try. I had been unable to find a place that cooks butter chicken like they do in the Northern Indian restaurant in O Connell street back in Adelaide. The creamy chunky drumstick pieces would accompany me and my girlfriend during countless of crap college dinners.
Starting off with papadums accompanied with mint sauce. The crunchy crackers with no sign of dripping expired oil was a delight to munch while waiting for the mains.

Despite having only more then 2 spoonfuls of rice in 5 days, no one was going to stop me from ordering rice in an indian restaurant that serves butter chicken. It would be a sin, worse then a sin to have either one without the other. Imagine the Twin Towers getting separated, how about that?

If you dont order rice, you will still get shot by me, although i will contemplate on shooting just your legs if you order naan because it is still darn tasty.

Remember Popeye telling you to eat your spinach? Well lets hope i get my uber big biceps from this chunks of cheese cubes and blended spinach (Palak Paneer). My first taste of vegetable in days after the flashing horror images of vegetable getting tangled with my stitches.

Fret not when you do not see Butter Chicken on the menu, although my face almost turned white and i wanted to cry when i couldnt see it. Labelled as Chicken Makhani, (bugger just use Butter Chicken), the richy tomato flavours with the exception of not using enough cream and thick chunky drumstick pieces, this was enough to make me happy.

The finale of Fish Curry. The thicky spicy sauce that had spices spelt with a capital S was fragant and yet numbing the control of my tongue.

Word of warning, if you contemplate the orders above for 2 pax, ensure you are hungry, not just hungry but darn hungry to finish off the food. The meagre but rich portions will keep you bloated to walk away feeling very value for money.

Address and contact details:

Gills Restaurant
138, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara,
50490 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel : 603 2092 5403
Fax : 603 2094 4196
Contact : KP Nathan
Opening Hours :
Lunch : 12noon - 2.30pm
Dinner : 6pm to 10.30pm
Last call from bar 11pm
Closed weekly on Mondays

Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. I can have my dose of butter chicken at will in this place without having to fly 6 hours down under for the same mesmerising dish. Dishes range from RM12-20 for their one size fit all meats and vegetables.

35 comments:

CUMI & CIKI said...

those shots make me hungry, might have gills after our run tomorrow. cheers!

JOjo said...

Haha, it doesn't sound that bad afterall if the food worth the trouble of using one side of your teeth *wink*

Palek Paneer, my fav!I love the texture of cottage cheese.Whee~

Papadum with mint sauce.Papadum tastes as good as eating it alone.I supposed.hehez...

wenching & esiong said...

Though I've parked in that area for quite a few times, I still haven't been to any restaurants there. Seems like a nice place for Indian food!

Rangoo Srinivas said...

Your photos are too good. I wish I could use some such on my site Indian Healthy Recipe.

I have got aloo bondas and dosas but they do not look as good as yours.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

cumi&ciki: well pls do haha to compensate that run..

jojo: i need to go again with both side of jaws working..

w&e: park there? well you got to try it then..

rangoo: well...i might think abt it..

ai wei said...

ur photos are fantastic! i need a bite on the Naan!

team bsg said...

we were in an irish pub in ttdi, KL with papadam and mint and thoz it was a western menu now it looks like it came from this gill fella.

and butter chicken , you mean the chicken in butter or butter in chicken ? no wonder you say bloat

zewt said...

when free for a meal? drop me a note la...

Hazza said...

This is something I have learnt to love since living in the UK, in the absence if good Malaysian curry. North Indian food is officially the most popular restaurant food here. Never really tried this cuisine in KL though, but nobody has ever recommended me a good place before. By the looks of your pics, this may just be the place to go!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ai wei: thanks..haha go n take a bite..need to take a break off from studying still rite?

team bsg: hahah didnt knw they also sub con wor.. i must say butter with chicken shud b the way to eat it..

zewt: will do..mr busy man..

hazza: i heard u can get the 2nd best northern indian food in the UK, after india of course..

ling239 said...

the colorful rice !!
are they soft enuff for u ?

tigerfish said...

Don't tempt me with Indian food.

I think I can never get good authentic ones where I am staying now.

fatboybakes said...

hmmm, so near, yet...have never been. i think indian food is one of those cuisines where i'd gladly go if someone is organising. the food looks great, and whats this about all day long happy hour?
[lemongrass, lemongrass, yoooohooo, where AREEEE you....indian indian...i want indian]

fatboybakes said...

oh ya, nipples, forgot to ask...was it your wisdom tooth that came out or some other molar?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: put in some palak paneer..very da soft..

tigerfish: hmmmm i feel sorry for u..

fbb: YEAH la..superbly near ar..RM 28 for a jug..RM7.50 a mug..very decent for all niters..haha lets call lemongrass together..woo hoo..where are you?

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Wei, can't leave me alone for a second oso ar? Sheesh. Fine fine...the indian food crawl is coming up soon. Packaged with Stout and Toddy. Mmmmmmm.....

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: wisdom lar...if molar why ned to cry wolf so many days..

fatboybakes said...

oooh, toddy...i LURVE toddy. a few years ago, when the alcohol tax went up AGAIN after budget, we started drinking toddy. apparently it goes well with watermelon juice.

glad to see you've recovered, nipps.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ll: soon..soon..hahah

fbb: haha after the idea of indian foodcrawl, it has definitely healed!

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

toddy with watermelon juice? that's a first for me. Then again, it's all fruit juice, ain't it?

kampungboycitygal said...

i adore butter chicken too..the indian restaurant at the weld, jln raja chulan is quite good..try it out!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ll: of course..everything is fruit juice..haha

kbcg: i heard abt it..need to try it out then..

Jason said...

Em.. now, where is Jalan Kasah btw? *scratch head*

vkeong said...

Wah lao weh, the food look damn nice.. but like Jason asked, where is Jalan Kasah? I think this is the first time I heard this road's name

wmw said...

Thank goodness for Chicken Makhani in a restaurant named Gills for me...hahaha

Henry Yeo said...

did I hear Indian Food Crawl?!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jason&vkeong: along damansara, u knw the victoria station there? its near the housing area..

wmw: thank goodness!

henry: i think you heard right..

Nic (KHKL) said...

i will help you to shoot those who defy the rice...look at the colour of the gravies! absolutely appetising...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: hahah dont worry i got my gun loaded also..

mh said...

the pictures look so tempting that I went and tried it on Thursday. I will say your blog entry make it sound so good, that I was a little disappointed with the real thing..
But to be fair, the food is good...I like the butter chicken.

leo said...

There's my favourite restaurant here in Warsaw that serves up a devilish chicken makhani too!! I'll do a review tomorrow for lunch if it's open (its the Easter weekend here)...

Cheerios from Europe!

P.S.: It snowed again this morning... Seems more like Christmas than Easter..

leo said...

oh yeah.. Northern Indian cuisine in London is to die for.. I did a piece on Zaika, one of the front runners...

http://leo-chan.blogspot.com/2006/03/zaika-indian-restaurant.html

Cheerios, LEo

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mh: ouch sorry to hear it wasnt as great as it sounded..haha..then again i promoted the butter chicken only mah keke..

leo: sigh dont talk abt london indian food..didnt get to try last time..

Simon Seow said...

Yeah, yeah, near my office.

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