Monday, December 14, 2015

Idli Only Cafe @ Maarof, Bangsar

A restaurant dedicated to idli - the savoury South Indian rice-&-lentil cake - in its many variations: Idli Only Cafe goes beyond steamed idli & rava idli to also serve Butter Podi Idli (RM8 for three pieces; butter-fried & spiced for a crisp, flavoursome batter that conceals a densely textured interior), Manchurian Idli (RM8; idli turned into dumplings, prepared in a mildly sweet-sour gravy with onions & capsicums) & Idli Upma (RM8; crumbled idli, looking a bit like scrambled eggs but supplying a firmer, starchy chew). Each serving is cooked fresh to order, with a 10-minute wait. The idli is accompanied by 'sambar' vegetarian soup & chutney - the restaurant proclaims on its signboard that it serves 30 kinds of chutney, but in reality, only two different types are offered each day, which might include tomato chilli chutney, coriander chutney, onion mint chutney, coconut chutney, pesto peanut chutney or roasted brinjal chutney. All in all, these make for pretty tasty snacks - Idli Only Cafe appears to be a spin-off of Bangsar's long-entrenched Indian Kitchen, so these folks know what they're doing. Uttapam & thosai, & small, steaming-hot servings of Bru coffee (RM2) & panankalkandu paal (RM3; milk with palm sugar & spices), are also available.

Idli Only Cafe
64, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 8am-8pm. Tel: 03-2284-0522

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13 comments:

  1. I really like how they are not afraid to use colour on their walls, and the dishes are quite an interesting concept in their presentations.

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    1. Linda: i do like the walls too, and the artwork on them :) and yup, this was an interesting meal :)

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  2. South Indian? I hear it's spicier. Our sole Indian restaurant here is North Indian, not spicy at all...but also very nice. Love it!

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    1. Suituapui: yay, hopefully you'll get a south indian restaurant in your town at some point ... i prefer food that's not too fiery too :)

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  3. At first I thought it was another coffee cafe, hehehe.

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    1. CK: heheh, well, there's indian-made bru coffee here, haha :D

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  4. I'd like to taste this Idli specialty.

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    1. The Yum List: i hope you enjoy it! :)

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  5. Whoaa! Great for idli fans!! :D

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    1. Rebecca: yeah, i wasn't an idli fan before, but now i think i am! :)

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  6. I'd love to try, these are not common here in Penang but probably i can find some in little india

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    1. Ken: yeah, i think you'd be able to find some ... good luck hunting! :D

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  7. Supremely poor service. After waiting more than 15 minutes we found out that order was forgotten. Doesn't matter if the food may have been good, it doesn't make up for poor service.

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