Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Chutney Mary @ Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar

I have a few friends who can never be tasked to order food, if 

1. You are on a diet; or
2. You are on a budget; or
3. You do not like to waste food.
As you guessed right, they tend to order a lot and not necessary pay for everything or eat very much. Undeniably though, if you do fall under such a category, you are born to be a food blogger.

How do i know? I witness a food blogger in action just the other week at another catch-up / farewell session. Although, things were slight different because

1. I wasn't on a diet, i mean i never was, don't trust me if i tell you i am on a diet because i haven't lost weight for 4 years.
2. I was in for a treat.
3. Since i wasn't on a diet, i could continue to live the motto "Don't waste your food".

Who was i eating with? Ciki from the famous and coincidentally her cousin Nigel from Just Heavenly.

So how did i know this two? I still remember coming across Ciki's website one fine day and like everyone gorgeous, Ah Pa later invited her to one of his memorable booze parties, in the course learn that she was related to Nigel and voila, the rest is history. As for Nigel, who doesn't know Nigel?

Oh wait, where were we for food? Chutney Mary, of course. On the street of Telawi 2, it doesn't stand out amongst the endless boutiques selling lady clothes but once you step into the place, you appreciate the white cave-like walls before you are seated down to be reminded where you are. 

Instead of pappadums, we are served a cracker-like with a spicy tinge. I prefer my pappadum. 

Dipped into either a mint dip or a mango chutney.

Once you are biting into it, you would have either ordered and began to wait in anticipation or instead be lost in the pages of northern indian delights.

We started off with something fried, i usually order the bhajis or the pakoras but i thought the lady fingers might be refreshing. Cut into shreds, you don't get any of the gumminess, however you can't really taste any flavours except for the batter. I would have liked it sliced horizontally.  

 In any Northern Indian restaurant i go to, a must order is the Butter Chicken. Here i am glad to say, they do a decent version, my own qualm is that there were only a few pieces of chicken, not all drumstick of course and could have been more creamier.

I have learnt that in terms of spicyness, Vindaloo is the spiciest as it goes. Somehow or rather, this was rather tame or mild, judging from my pre-conception. Either that, it is the lesser amount of chillies used in Northern Indian cuisine. Slight fiery sauce with lamb cubes, this called for carbohydrates.

Another dish that i must order, whether in a group of 2 or 20 is the Palak Paneer, basically cheese cubes cooked in mashed spinach. I must have said this before, i wonder why i don't have Popeye's biceps from eating this, should i have it more often? 

 Tandoori chicken is another staple dish that you can get everywhere but you will be pleasantly surprised at their version. Succulent pieces of chicken, even after a round in the tandoor oven.
With so much dishes that all call for carbohydrates, you didn't think we would not order any right? Accompanying everything, we had the plain briyani rice. What i sometime like about rice done indian style, is the fragrance of the distinct grain instead of mush alike in a very good Chinese fried rice.

Rice is not enough, you will be a fool not to order some naan too as their versions are not overly oily and yet flavourful like their garlic version.

Now if you think the above was more than enough for 3 people, we still had desserts.

Firstly, either a Bru coffee or a Masala Tea to calm down the senses.

 The Gajjar Halwa; shredded carrots with loads of other sweetening ingredients like ghee, sugar and almonds. 


 If you want some sinful ice-cream, you got to eat the kulfi, pistachio flavoured. Essentially made up from condensed milk and cream, this contains that much fat that it takes a long while before this baby melts. 

Perhaps the only bad dish really of the meal, the gulab jamun looked small, had no bite and were terribly sweet. 

All in all, a good place for Northern Indian cuisine and prices are well, slightly above average. The mains are about RM15-20 a portion and the whole meal worked out to be around RM60 per pax but that is really pushing the normal limits of eating. 

If i were you also, i spend the extra money to park inside Bangsar Village instead of circling around for free parking. 

As for my lunch companions? Priceless.

Address and contact details:

No. 21-G, Jalan Telawi 2
Kuala Lumpur

(Opposite of La Bodega)
Tel: 03-2282 9923 
Pork free
Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Another place to jot down when i need to satisfy my Northen Indian food cravings although i hear i can get more potent stuff down under.


J said...

But gulab jamuns are supposed to be super earth movingly sweet! Haha...

(Luvverly photos as usual... *clap-clap-clap*)

CUMI & CIKI said...

nice post my dear..! i got one more surprise for you yet .. LOL (before its curtains and the fat lady sings.. :P)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: im excited!

jL haha this definitely moved my sugar level alright.

qwazymonkey said...

Eh like dejavu liddat. felt like i just read about this. :P

Nais post. You're once daily posts are making the rest of us look bad (and hungry too!) lah.


Pureglutton said...

Sweet sweet desserts at the end of an indian meal are to take away the spiciness - so that's why they must be reallyyy sweet!

vialentino said...

now u remind me of indian food...really miss the indian food when i am still working at the masala tea...

thule a.k.a leo said...

that's where I am planning to go for my Indian food next time! Tandoori Chicken here I come

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: tandoori chicken will wait for u haha

vial: tats more southern indian but yes the masala tea is damn shiok.

pureglutton: damn sweet sial..

qm: off day today, prob tmmw.

J2Kfm said...

Gulab Jamun's usually darn sweet, unless done by the Punjabs. Or so my Indian friend said.

Anyway, Palak Paneer is a god-sent dish, and sure makes the children eat their vege.

I sure did fall in love with the creamy greens after the first spoonful.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j2kfm: hahah palak paneer will make me eat my vege with no complaints!

msihua said...

Geez.. your pictures look really really good!! Thanks for sharing!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

msihua: no worries, keep coming along for more!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

msihua: no worries, keep coming along for more!

Myhorng said...

looks really authentic. should try it out.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

myhorng: u shud!