Kuala Lumpur - North Indian/Mughlai Lunch at Trishna, Istana Hotel
It's not easy to choose a name similar to one of Mumbai's most famous Mangalorean restaurant, without inevitably inviting immediate comparison - but, thankfully, Kuala Lumpur's own Trishna does not even attempt to copy its famous Indian counterpart cuisine-wise. Instead, Trishna KL offers North Indian/Mughlai cuisine - done quite well, by KL standards.
Started with some very papads served with mint chutney, and a perfect mango lassi.
What we had today:
- Hara Bhara Kebab: vegetarian patties served with some very astringent fresh onions. The patties were saltier than I'm used to.
- Stuffed Tangdi Kebab: yoghurt/spice-marinated, tandoor-baked chicken drumstick stuffed with minced mutton. It was nice, though also very salty.
- Butter Chicken: very good well-balanced creamy, tomatoey sauce, but overly-dry chunks of tandoor-baked chicken breast-meat. I'd had better elsewhere in KL.
- Palak Paneer: generous helping of cubed paneer, but somewhat thin spinach gravy.
- Kashmiri Naan: stretchy, dodgy naan bread, with fineloy-chopped almonds, cherries and pineapple. Not as aromatic as I'd expected.
Overall, a pretty "meh" experience at a place which is, once again, over-hyped by KL's legion of food-bloggers who seemed prone to give bended-knee, overly-generous praise to restaurants more often than not.
Level B1, West Wing, Hotel Istana
73 Jalan RajaChulan
50200 Kuala Lumpur