If you follow your nose and the sweet scent of fresh Indian spices, you will invariably end up (as we did) at Essence, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur. You see, for the entire month of June, you might want to spice up your life, by visiting Essence, as a little bit of “India” has come to town – the hotel will be hosting an Indian Guest Chef from The Westin Pune Kregaon Park, India to come cook up a storm alongside their residential Indian Chef, Rajendra Negi.
We actually started on the massive spread (buffet styled) feeling sceptical that we could even finish one plate of food on our own. The dishes looked rich and we feared the worst. However, digging in to the curries and kormas with a fat slab of naan bread, we actually found the cooking delicate, light and while rich in spices, not too heavy on the palate, or the stomach at all. The food was superb.
There were also crispy salads to counter the richer curries- Hare Moong Ka featuring Green Lentils with Spices and Lemon Juice, special Home-made Pickle with Lime or Sweet and Sour Mango. We then moved on to the fabulous Chicken Shorba, a special Indian broth. My favourite of the night had to be, Dum Ka Murgh a spicy chicken simmered in a grounded cashew nut paste. Another big hit was the creamy black lentil curry – eat it by dunking your naan into it, or having it with rice would be another good option.
For those who love their seafood, don’t miss the Prawn Koliwada (Deep Fried with Spicy Masala flavour) and don’t forget to ladle fragrant servings of Goan Macchi Curry (Indian Goan style Fish Curry) on your Briyani Rice. Greatest combination on earth!
Finally comes my favourite part of the meal. Indian desserts are my favourite! Gulab Jamun ranks way up there as no.1 for me. A close second would be Gajar Halwa (Carrot cooked in Cardamom-flavoured Milk) and finally Kulfi, a delicious ice-cream made with Condensed Milk, flavoured with Cardamom and sprinkled with toppings of Chopped Almonds and Pistachios.
This promotion will be for the entire month of June at Essence (1st floor of Sheraton Imperial Hotel) and will only be available for dinner. Dinner starts from 6.30pm to 10.30pm and is priced at RM98++ per person (food only) and at RM128++ per person (free-flow of wines).
Chef Kabir (left) and Chef Rajendra (right)
For Reservations at Essence, call 03-27179900 ext 6933 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For real time reservations, visit www.eatdrinkandmore.com/sheratonimperialkualalumpur. Four different Northern Indian menus will be rotated for the duration of the promotion.