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Chola Spice Garden is slightly different from the usual Indian restaurants dotted around the country, serving a mixture of both northern and southern Indian cuisine instead of only concentrating on one. I was invited for a food tasting session and brought two noobs (Terence & Dree) along with me.

Chola Spice Garden at Sunway
ready to eat as well as order to cook options available

Food is served in two ways here, there is the mamak/nasi kandar style self served food on the buffet line, and order to cook items from the menu as well.

Chola Spice Garden at Sunway
Chicken Chitinat Masala, Chicken 65, Bombay Fried Rice

The first things we had was the strangely named Chicken 65 and the Chicken Chitinat Masala, to go with two types of tosai, the normal and “paper” version. I particularly like the strong tasting Chicken Chitinat Masala with it’s flavorful albeit spicy gravy. The Chicken 65 is a type of deep fried marinated chicken served with fresh onion and curry leaves. The contrasting texture and taste between the chicken and raw onion was quite refreshing and it became on the fastest dish to have gotten empty.

Chola Spice Garden at Sunway
Pataya Fried Rice, Potato Cheese Paratha, Tosai, Poori

I like the aromafrom the Bombay Fried Rice, it carries a slightly tomato-ish taste while being not overly spicy. We also had the Poori with potato masala as the condiment. However, the most interesting dish would be the Potato Cheese Paratha. At first I thought it was just a normal “roti”, but as the bread is cut, fillings of potato cooked with cheese and spices is revealed. The deceptively simple combination actually tasted very good!

Chola Spice Garden at Sunway
Madras Masala Tea, Mint Lime, Ice Blended Lemon, Mango Lassi, Saffron Almond Milk

As for drinks, we sampled 5 different types of thirst quenchers for the 3 of us. The mango lassi was very fruity and sweet with mango taste, ice blended lemon refreshing, and the iced mint lime drink rather interesting. My favorite though, would be the saffron almond milk. Creamy with a dash of sweetness and taste from saffron. It was the first time I had this drink, and I am sure it won’t be the last.

Chola Spice Garden at Sunway
Chola Spice Garden is located just next to Sunway Pyramid

As for the price, Chola Spice Garden is rather reasonable. For a semi air conditioned restaurant, you can have a rice dish with a piece of chicken and vege for just a few ringgit. Dishes from the menu ranges from a few Ringgit onwards. You can certainly get a pretty interesting meal for just above RM 10 per person here. Do try the saffron milk!

No. 5, Jalan PJS 11/28
Bandar Sunway
46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.072681, 101.609845
Tel: 03-5633 9449

After having satisfied my cravings for Northern Indian food at the economical Spice Garden at Bangsar a couple months ago, I went to Sagar, an outfit serving similar type of food but of a lot higher class with excellent ambiance and exquisite menu at One Bangsar.

Sagar Restaurant at Bangsar One
this is a high class outfit worthy of bringing your in laws

Having arrived there on time (meaning too early for the Malaysian standard,) two of us ordered a plate of pakora and a couple of glasses of lassi to start off. Pakora is something like a North Indian version of tempura, except you dip it in several types of fantastic tasting sauce rather than the plain tempura sauce.

Sagar Restaurant at Bangsar One
baingan bharta, fish tikka, palek paneer

When the other two jokers finally arrived, we ordered a fish tikka, palak paneer, masala chicken, and black dhal to go with nasi briyani and some naan.

The food was very good, scoring well in all the three categories of presentation, smell, and taste (色,香,味). The baingan bharta, my favorite dish of mashed baked eggplant, did not disappoint either. The spiciness of the food were just right, and there’s always the sauces you can apply to fine tune the taste. It was a very good meal.

Sagar Restaurant at Bangsar One
Sagar is situated at One Bangsar

As expected of a place of this standard, the price came to be about RM 40 for each person. Still a pretty decent value for what we ordered. A fine place worthy of revisits.

One Bangsar, Jalan Ara,
Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

GPS: 3.130853, 101.666644
Tel: 03-2284 2532