Kashmir Cafes can afford to be complacent. It has a steady stream of clientele and the place is normally packed for lunch and dinner. It’s one of the few restaurants I know that does banana leaf rice in a superbly clean, comfortable and air-conditioned environment, that passes my test. I’ve eaten enough southern Indian food in Petaling Jaya to say that Kashmir is a cut above the rest, serving some robust and multifarious cooking of the Indian subcontinent and at such affordable prices. But this SS3 institution, founded in the 70’s and then moving to its present location just up the road from its old place, continues to earn the loyalty of its local clientele by churning out exceptionally fresh, aromatic dishes embodying the cuisines of Southern India. The spacious dining room is decked out in clean, crisp white paint, extensive mirrors, and rather nicely framed posters of their popular dishes, high up along the walls- it could pass for a modern western Cafe , any time.
The menu offers banana leaf rice, roti canai, all permutations of thosai and the main serving counter is similar to that of other Indian restaurants which boast a spread of mutton, chicken, lamb, fish and seafood curries (both wet and dry) with complex and fragrant spicing. There are also various putu preparations (putu mayam, putu piring – string hoppers), chapati, briyani rice and mee goreng (fried noodles) to choose from. You’d be a fool not to order the banana leaf rice ( I came back on a separate occasion with my colleagues)as the dishes and curry sauces that accompany it, taste superb. I am addicted to the dahl and the curries here as they taste delicious and are not too salty. A great plus point for Kashmir Cafes, as many Banana Leaf restaurants tend to be heavy handed with the salt. Given how rare it is to find low sodium, skillfully cooked Indian food that accurately resembles preparations in its country of origin, more people should patron Kashmir Cafes – it rocks!
pick your side dishes of vegetables, then pick the type of curry you want to drench your rice/roti/thosai in
old taste, new place !
the sets at Kashmir are super affordable, two chapatis, chicken paratal and one drink (coffee or teh tarik) for only RM6.50
The selection of dishes to go with your banana leaf rice are endless
the Rava Thosai set is also cheap and good – RM6.50 for the Rava Thosai, Chicken curry and a coffee or tea
Another affordable set is the mee goreng with fried chicken – RM6.50
Rava Thosai is different from the regular Thosai in that it has vegetables in it, and it is made from the Sugee flour or Semolina flour. Thosai on the other hand is made from Thosai flour or fermented rice flour.
Thosai is usually eaten with a coconut chutney and curries. See how it forms a sodden mess. The messier, the tastier! A version called “masala thosai” has boiled and seasoned potatoes spread onto the batter while it is cooking on the griddle. The sides are then lifted in to wrap around the filling. This version can be eaten on its own without gravy.Cumi loves the Indian sweets here. We always buy desserts to go! Kashmir Cafes (Halal)
No 58, Jalan SS3/31,
University Garden, Kelana Jaya
47300 Petaling Jaya
GPS: N3.09454, E101.61223 Tel: 03 7873 6622
Business hours: 7.00am – 10.00pm daily