Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Taj Garden - Jalan Tun Sambanthan (Brickfields)


Oh my, what a big time jumping joy when I was contacted by Taj Garden. I must jump to joy right? Of course, especially when you are a new freebie in the blogging world, and then comes this email invitation. Of course, who ever in the right frame of mind will reject? I didn't. But in all fairness, since this will be my first time invited dining experience, I really didn't know how to go about it. I mean who is gonna accompany me? Definitely, though I did quietly test the water, my other half-half was still not keen. What can I do? Should I wrestle him out? No point. But thankfully, my two Chinese friends agreed, thanks to them too for fetching me.

I am a Brickfields girl, back then I was a girl, now I can't claim to be one, I rather be known as a woman, so heading to Taj Garden was pretty much smooth sailing. Memories rang loudly once we passed by the main road across the church, how can I forget my neighbours, those busybodies, mostly Indian neighbours in Lorong Chan Ah Thong where I literally grew up, and then, the burger stall across the roundabout, the long gone now Anthonian Book Store and mutton shop on the other side across and further up from Gajan Shell Station. Brickfields definitely is not the same anymore, though some landmarks are still standing tall, at the traffic light before KFC, we turned left and parked at the open air car park, just beside Taj Garden, after paying RM4.00 for parking, we walked up to the first floor Taj Garden dining area.   
I introduced myself to Deepan, he too pleasantly and genuinely greeted us, we were given option to sit where ever we like in this splendid ambiance. Traditional as well modern, rustic and wide dining area with ample space to walk in between the tables and chairs. We opted to sit inside, across the kitchen area, instead of at the outside garden setting.   


Menu popped by, we really couldn't decide after glimpsing and checking out the endless list of items. Indeed, name the dish, I think you will see it listed on the menu. The easy way out, I figured out was asking the manager to take charge. I told him to serve us whatever he felt we should try, he sure agreed. But of course, we called the shots for the drinks. 
Within a couple of minutes, just, lets say before 5 minutes, our drinks arrived. Stylishly, splendidly and impressively presented.
Colorful, vibrant and soothing to our senses, I took a sip of the “Garden Lover”(with apple), I went speechless. Heavenly akin came calling too fast, this drink, mind you, was bountiful. Similarly, the "Cuban Moji”(with lemon) and the other, sorry guys, I didn't note down the name, both of these drinks I believe made my friends happy as well.  Thereafter, what else can it be, but pleasuring into the array of dishes, place on our table, one after the other. Crab soup made with fresh crab meat, spices and scented with coriander leaves was a light start for our dinner. One spoonful was good enough to affirm its taste, by the look of itself, we knew, our instincts didn't let us down. Soup was likened instantly.
Vegetable Briyani was absolutely spot on. Vibrant orangey fluffy grainy rice, the interplay of various veggies, spices and herbs, ohlalala! Utterly couldn't be faulted. Absolutely loved.
The other vegetarian dish we tackled next was Vegetable Curry. I can't exactly nail which vegetables was buried underneath this thick tantalising curry, but one thing was certain. A lip smacker, rather spicy, in fact, packing a big bag of spiciness, my two friends couldn't possibly withstand the heat, yet, believe me, they didn't want to stop with spooning in, drenched over the Vegetable Briyani, prior to tucking in.
Up next was Mutton Shish Kebab. Once again, an assortment of spices that did major justice to minced mutton, grilled and served over a bed of sliced salad leaves and to infuse the minced mutton before grilling and served on a bed of salad leaves, slices of cucumber and taking central stage was tomato. Accompanied alongside yogurt dip and mint dip, pretty much a decent dish, but somehow, didn't really win us over.
"Chicken Cheesy Quesadillas" that we nibbled thereafter, soft flour tortilla filled with minced chicken and cheese, paired with fries, salad and a mild spicy sauce. Simple, lean and clean flavours, that melded well together as a complete wholesome dish.
In between, after our a small time private discussion, we agreed that we should give a go to "Mutton Varuval". Yum. Hundreds of dangs, our favourite, awesome diviners. Tender bite size mutton pieces, perfected with spices and herbs, though really fiery, we finished up the whole portion.
Just as we thought we had enough of eating, "Turaco Lunch Set" was served. I was also told that desserts will be arriving soon.   
Consisting of three types of flavoured rice, chappati, palak paneer, vegetable curry, fried gobi and papadam, Turaco Lunch Set was a major struggle for us. Not because of anything else, we just couldn't eat anymore. Stomach over stuffed, I didn't miss out on spinach palak and crispy fried cauli. 
Finally, the moment for our sweet treats. Mango Kulfi and Caramelized Bananas with Ice-cream. Worth ditching your diet, these desserts were super smooth, creamy and luscious, but if I am to pick one, yes please, Mango Kulfi captured my food senses.  

On all counts, Taj Garden is a winner. Captivating and delicious food, pleasant customer service, beautiful ambiance and I believe you can afford a meal in Taj Garden.

Thank you Taj Garden
Taj Garden Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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19 comments:

  1. Mmm........ I thought the crab soup looks rather appealing. Seems I'm the first to arrive at your post today :)

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  2. I envy you Nava! All dishes are like Indian esp crab soup & mutton varuval, my favs! I feel like have it right now. Thanks for sharing all these info

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  3. Hi Nava, thanks for sharing. This place look really nice and the food is extremely awesome. I guess I need extra rice and the drink looks so refreshing.

    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

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  4. That looks like a scrumptious spread.. Loved the mutton and crab soup..

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  5. Wonderful clicks... Mouthwatering dishes

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  6. wau...gorgeous drink..............U have given a great description .....and all the food items r so amazing.....

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  7. wow...everything looks so good..nice clicks

    my recent one :http://www.indianbeautyforever.com/2014/04/bourjois-blush-rose-ambre-review.html

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  8. I just got tempted with the desserts and biriyani ...

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  9. Place looks comfy. Will take my in-laws there. Thanks ya Nava

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  10. Looks like an amazing place.. great to know that you had fun..

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  11. The food looks very delicious. Ages i had a good biryani and seekh kabab. Thnx for sharing ur experiece☺️

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  12. such a wonderful review and post Navaneetham...we got hooked to those zingy sips you have clicked....it is scorching here and those looked like heaven....and got awed with all those delicacies especially fresh crab meat soup and kulfi with caramelized bananas...awesome,thanks for sharing :-)

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  13. The food looked so yummy it just made me hungry.. lovely post n pics:)

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  14. All I can say is that I have no clue now where to go in Malaysia to eat as I already have a huge list (thanks to you) of wonderful places. I want to eat all those dishes. Really.

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  15. Briyani looks yummy, Looks like a nice restaurant.

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  16. Lovely pics and what an ambiance! Making me want to visit the place... :)

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