Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Taj Garden - Jalan Tun Sambanthan (Brickfields)

Gladly I accepted the invitation of Taj Garden. Well, as a new freebie in the blogging world, it must be, yes-yes, excitement when you receive the first ever invitation. To tell you the truth, I was on cloud nine that someone actually recognised nava k. Never mine so what I am still struggling to write and I write, up side down English.

So, a big plan after rounding up two friends and journeyed in the rain to the familiar Brickfields. Again, excitement visualising my innocent life those years. How can I possibly forget ?? My helpful as well as busybody mostly Indian neighbours at Lorong Chan Ah Thong, the Indian provision shops, the mutton shop, Anthonian book store and of course the toddy shop. Life those years so different. I walked to school with friends and I used to cross the railway track to go to Lake Gardens in the pretext of exercising. Actually you know what? To escape for a few hours from my strict mum and for some "good clean fun" by jogging alongside with boys of my age group.

Brickfields definitely not the same any more. Blame it on the development which has contributed to how action packed it is now. To arrive at Taj Garden, we drove from Federal Highway and towards the main road with Fatima Church on the right. At the traffic light before KFC, a left turn, parked at beside car park (RM4.00) beside and up to the first floor.  
I introduced myself to Deepan and he ushered us to the dining area. At this juncture I must say that I was mesmerised with his genuine and ever pleasant smile. Certainly a plus point to have such people in the food service industry. He was also okay with us sitting at the table across the open kitchen which had enough light to take pictures.  

I looked through the menu and couldn't decide what to order. I then told Deepan we are not fussy and we don't mind sampling any of their dishes and drinks. But do include the house specialities. He agreed.

Within a couple of minutes, the drinks came -  stylishly and impressively presented.
I took a sip of the “Garden Lover”(with apple) and speechless - the drink heavenly, soothing and too good to stop sipping more. Similarly the "Cuban Moji”(with lemon) tasted by my friend was up to mark. The other drink which I didn't note down the name was another perfect fit. While I can't tell the exact concoction of the drinks, I am certain these are worth trying. 

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 the taste.  I guessed as much because the first look at the soup, I knew its gonna be according to our liking.
The vegetable briyani, absolutely brilliant. First and foremost, the vibrant orangey fluffy grainy rice as the central attraction. Then the interplay of the various veggies, spices and Indian herbs to enhance its taste. I love rice. This briyani, truly loved.
Another vegetable dish we sampled was the vegetable curry. Difficult to nail the type of veggies inside the thick curry. But why when eating was the pleasure for the lip smacking though quite spicy taste. But sure we didn't stop to finish it up.
Mutton shish kebab was the next arrival. Once again, an assortment of spices to infuse the minced mutton before grilling and served on a bed of salad leaves with cucumber slices, accompanied with yoghurt dip and mint dip. No doubt nice and I really could find no fault. But somehow was just not all that compelling for me. Nonetheless, my friends happily tucked in.
Thereafter came the "Chicken Cheesy Quesadillas" - soft flour tortilla filled with seasoned chicken meat and cheese, paired with fries, salad and a mild spicy sauce. Its a dish with simple, clean and honest flavours which melded really well together.
After a small private discussion with my friends, we agreed it will be such a waste if we don't taste the "Mutton Varuval". This one definitely our favourite - awesomely divine with tender mutton pieces and well balanced with spices and herbs, especially the curry leaves, though the dish by itself fiery. The leaves were totally different, not the ones I use for my cooking. I couldn't keep quiet and asked Deepan. Made sense because the leaves and many ingredients are all the way from India.
Just as we thought we had enough of eating, "Turaco Lunch Set" appeared on our table. I was told desserts are on the way too.  
The hearty set consisted of three types of flavoured rice, chappati, palak paneer, vegetable curry, fried gobi and papadam. Well, we ate. Yet a major struggle to finish. By then, we blankly stared at each other because over stuffed stomach won't deliver the signals to the brain.  In fact, I was lost for words on what to say. I did mention that I liked the palak and crispy fried cauli. 
After the scrumptious feast, mango kulfi and caramelized bananas with ice-cream were the sweet treats which soothed the senses. Absolutely worth ditching the diet for. 

Definitely its high distinction to Taj Garden - loveable dishes that captivated our taste buds, excellent customer service, elegant ambiance and prices, indeed affordable.

Thank you so much Taj Garden
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  1. Mmm........ I thought the crab soup looks rather appealing. Seems I'm the first to arrive at your post today :)

  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

  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.

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

  5. Wonderful clicks... Mouthwatering dishes

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

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

    my recent one :

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

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

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

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

  12. such a wonderful review and post Navaneetham...we got hooked to those zingy sips you have 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 :-)

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

  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.

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

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


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