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Showing posts with label Brickfields. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brickfields. Show all posts

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Review: Restoran Chat Masala (Vegetarian)

Phewwww... am so glad the PC is finally fixed. I so missed out reading all my fave blogs! Okie, let's roll...

Let's do some back logs. We visited Restoran Chat Masala back in January, the day before Ponggal festival and what a day to pick to drive through Brickfields *roll eyes* 45 minutes crawled from the police station to front of Chat Masala! Actually we wanted to check out another place further down but the just-after-lunch-hour-cum-Friday-cum-Ponggal jam was just really bad and we were both getting hungry! Law abiding Capt'n Hook couldn't even bothered to get a proper parking lot :p he just joined the shoppers and park by the road side. There's a massive sprucing up in Brickfields but seriously it's not helping with the parking and traffic woes here :( What a pity as the transformation was really colourful.

Anyway back to the restaurant... whilst Capt'n Hook went to park his car, I went to the restaurant to grab a place as it was jammed pack since it's a Friday where a lot of Indians go on vegetarian diet. I joined a lady who was finishing up her lunch. I managed to browsed at the dishes available at the heated server right up front and I couldn't believe they are all vegetarian dishes heh. I even checked with the staff twice kekeke but it's not helping when he kept saying it's Chicken Varuval, Mutton Curry etc! These vegetarian dishes are cooked using mock meat made of soy products, hence they do look and at times tasted like real meat.

We have a very simple lunch of vegetarian chicken varuval. Very spot on except the "chicken" was boneless :p

Vegetarian Chicken Varuval

Capt'n Hook had a tosai that is crispy on the sides. It was served with dhal and tomato chutney.


I had a chapati which was served with dhal and "chicken" curry. Too bad the chapati was pre-made, hence it's not a fluffy as I would like one. The dhal and curry are commendable though.


We both loved the fresh cow's milk masala tea! It's creamy but yet light and not overly sweet, just nice with the right hint of spices.

Fresh cow's milk masala tea

Seems like Chat Masala is popular with their afternoon snacks but they weren't available yet when we left the place. Capt'n Hook did pack some Indian sweetmeats back and he told me they were good and not sickly sweet unlike the usual sweetmeats. Anyway I do noticed that I do not need to ask for "kurang manis" (less sweet) these days after the rise on sugar price, was it just me?

I can't verify for sure if Chat Masala uses onions and garlic in their cooking but if you're looking for an Indian restaurant that do not uses onions nor garlic, do check out Gopala Vegetarian Restaurant which is located a short distance away long Jalan Thambipillai. Gopala serves not only Indian style food but a rather Malaysianised menu where the satay is really good.

Restoran Chat Masala
259G Jalan Tun Sambanthan
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2260 3244

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Review: Gopala Vegetarian Restaurant

Recently, Capt'n Hook was looking around for a decent Indian vegetarian to bring a group of nuns from Kopan Monastery & Nunnery for lunch after prayers. We went around trying to find a suitable place and I remember there was a place in Brickfields that boo_licious had blogged about. Her post got my Indian colleagues excited as they were wondering where the heck is Jalan Thambipillai. I was roped in to google for the map and later on we found out where exactly Gopala Vegetarian Restaurant was located.

So one evening, we both set out to check out the restaurant. Parking was quite easy as there's an open air car park a stone throw away but look kinda weird cos it's actually a widened road complete with bright street lamps. However, the road is blocked both ways. Upon checking with the attendant, we were told there is no way they'll open up the road as the end of the road there's a temple sitting on it. As it's sensitive to demolish temple at the moment, hence the road leading into the many worship places around Jalan Berhala never materialise. If you want to save on a few ringgits, just watch out and pray for empty parking lots in front of the restaurant.

It's not difficult to look for Gopala as there's a huge signage over 2 shoplots. One lot is air-conditioned and there's no guessing which lot we stepped into :p with the current weather. The place is absolutely clean and pleasant. Service was attentive too.


We were told they practice Hare Krishna beliefs, hence all food served here is vegetarian and cooked without garlic or onions. The menu dotted with photos is quite extensive and there were Chinese and Western dishes as well. We placed our order and the food came rather quickly.

I had the Chapati with Keema set (RM3.50) which came with 2 pieces of chapati and the vegetarian keema. The keema was quite all right but I forgot to tell them I wanted freshly made chapati, hence my chapati was a bit limp.

Chapati with kima (RM3.50)

Capt'n Hook asked for Kashmir Fried Rice (RM4.50) which we found ingredients like vegetarian bits, mixed vegetables, cabbage, cashew nut, raisins and dried chillies. This fried rice had enough wok hei and even though fried chillies were used, they only give the rice a slight hint of hotness.

Kashmir Fried Rice (RM4.50)

We ordered a Stir-fried Kai Lan with Salted Fish (RM8). We find the kai lan were too fibrous swimming in a pool of light gravy with shreds of ginger, otherwise it's quite decent but of course can't compare with stir-fried vege at Chinese tai chow.

Stir Fried Kai Lan (RM8)

This is the Satay Set (grilled soy bits, RM5.50 for 5 sticks) which was strongly recommended to us. No regrets ordering this as they were good even on it's own without dipping into the mediocre peanut sauce.

Satay Set (Soy Grill RM5.50 for 5 sticks)

The Mango Lassi (RM4.60) lacked the fruity mango goodness while the ABC (ice-kacang RM4) was vibrant with all the colourful toppings ranging from red kidney beans, creamed corn, cendol, jelly, peanuts and huge sago pearls.

Mango Lassi (RM4.60) ABC (RM4)

Gopala Vegetarian Restaurant
59 Jalan Thambipillai
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603 2274 1959
Halal. Open from 7am till late every night.

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