Twirling into Sri Hartamas, The Rolling Pin puts a fun spin on Indian fare, with stimulating visual twists by chefs Rakesh Talwar & Abhishek Botadkar, both from Mumbai.
Fulfilling the promise of its name, the restaurant serves a selection of tandoor-cooked starters presented in rolling pins - thankfully, the food is more than superficially striking. From yoghurt-marinated chicken to minced lamb to mushrooms stuffed with cheese & spinach, these clay-oven offerings prove to be convincing specimens of the kitchen's capabilities.
The Rolling Pin's repertoire is sweeping; it'd take many visits to plough through the menu, but we enjoyed the creamy-crispy papri chaat (RM14; puri topped with potatoes, sprouts, chutney & sev chickpea noodles) & fluffy-spicy egg bhurji with pav bread (RM25) enough to contemplate coming back for the seafood specialities of Goan fish curry & prawn masala (RM32).
Devotees of dal (that's us!) will lap up the similar but even more sumptuous Delhi-style rajma, thick with tender kidney beans (RM20). Our only caveat is that a meal here won't be cheap - expect to spend slightly north of RM100 for a full-fledged feast for two. Service is sterling, & basic cocktails like Martinis & Mai Tais are expected to be introduced soon.
The Rolling Pin
Ground Floor, Plaza Damas 3, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Taman Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur. Opposite Hartamas Shopping Centre
Open daily, 12pm-12am (last orders at 1030pm). Tel: 03-6206-5581
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