Friday, May 31, 2013

Trishna @ Istana Hotel

Quite a pleasant option for North Indian food in the city center, with a sterling service team that really knows its menu.

Keeping things light at the outset of a heavy meal, starting with fresh, crisp papadum.

Chicken drumstick stuffed with minced mutton (RM14++). Desecration? Complementary, actually; two meats sometimes do work better than one.

But for customers who want only one type of meat on each plate: kebab-like boneless chicken, seasoned, skewered & grilled with an egg coating (RM19++).

Parantha, laced with cauliflower for thicker texture (RM9++).

Keema egg curry (RM20++). Creamy, ideal with rice or bread to soak everything up.

Paneer makhani (RM18++). Trishna claims to make its own cheese. Smooth stuff.

Good gravy: Black lentil daal & Green spinach mutton saag.

Trishna's triumphant triumvirate: chicken, mutton & veggies _ layered, rolled & grilled.

Can't beat a combo of chicken, creamy sauce & rice, especially when the fowl dish is called "Chicken Maharaja" (cooked with cashew paste, nuts, poppy seeds, saffron & milk) while the grains are Jeera Rice, laced with cumin seeds.

Wine or cocktails? For the latter, this Cranberry Martini (RM25++) is worth a shot.

Chivas & Black Label 12 Years Scotch Whisky (RM18++ per 30-ml glass).

Trishna's motto is "spice, rice & everything nice at a reasonable price." Run by a couple who've been married for three decades, this certainly is a place that deserves some attention.

Trishna Indian Restaurant,
Level B1, Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2142-1575

Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

20 comments:

  1. Wow, Sean! I am learning more about different types of food from reading your blog than anything else. :) I love the floral decor beneath the artwork on the wall...the bench.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Linda: i love learning about different sorts of cuisines. and i think the learning process will hopefully be lifelong :D oh yes, that flowery decor feels quite homey =)

      Delete
  2. U just lighted up a fire to get my ass down to Trishna...been in my plans for quite some time...hehe =)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ulric: ooh, this turned out to be an unscheduled visit. it was a post-thunderstorm evening in kl, and we were trapped at pavilion with extremely heavy traffic outside. we didn't really wanna eat at pavvy, so we walked over to istana! :D

      Delete
  3. Indian food! Hmmm, ok I can try that chicken drumstick with minced mutton. :P

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. CK: heheh, ya, this restaurant can be quite suitable for you. no beef served here! :D

      Delete
  4. Reminds me of a good Banana Leaf Rice... although the above menu is totally different from what I usually have. :-)
    Ohh...I have a friend name, Trishna... ;-) Mayb she secretly open this huh...*just kidding ;-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Melissa: ooh, this reminds me, it's been ages since i ate banana leaf rice! :D heheh, trishna is a nice name for a restaurant =)

      Delete
    2. Hey there,

      Reading Melissa's comments and your reply Sean really sets the mood for some banana leaf rice right now, especially after the heavy downpour earlier ;)

      As usual, great food post and foodporn LOL

      Delete
    3. Yummylicious: thanks! heh, that's true, banana leaf rice would have been an ideal dinner for tonight! I hope you had a good meal in any case :D

      Delete
    4. Hey Sean,

      Quite late for banana leaf rice, so trying out Jamie Oliver's Sausage Carbonara made from Italian sausages. Can't wait to start chomp chomp chomp LOL

      Have a great weekend Sean & keep the foodporn going!

      Delete
    5. Yummylicious: wow, midnight cooking! now you're making ME hungry!! haha :D here's wishing you a pleasant and productive weekend (or a leisurely and lazy weekend, if you prefer!) =)

      Delete
  5. Oh the food is good here...interesting and tasty, although the decor is a little dizzying.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, this has one of the most sweeping menus i've seen of any north indian restaurant in the city center. dizzying could be right ... though mercifully, not nauseating, heheh :D

      Delete
  6. I absolutely love Trishna. Very affordable for its good quality.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Missyblurkit: it's probably the most affordable eatery in istana hotel! and luckily for me, the food's not too spicy! :D

      Delete
  7. I am getting excited and ready to eat the yummy tastes...it's very simple and tastes homemade. something with a very traditional feel..Thanks for giving this feel trishna....

    Article Directory

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Reenaroy: hope u enjoy it!

      Delete
  8. You're making me crave for some Indian food now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Baby sumo: heh, I only eat Indian food once every couple of months, but when I do, I do enjoy it! =)

      Delete