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Spice Garden Imperial @ Bukit Bintang

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Spice Garden Imperial @ Bukit Bintang

I’ve often wondered where to go in KL for really authentic Indian food. I mean, there are a number of Indian restaurants, Southern, Northern, fusion, they’re dotted around the city. You can even indulge in a hearty meal at a ‘Mamak’ stall, and get your hit of spice and ghee. But what of a really, I mean truly, authentic Northern Indian meal, that’s completely untouched by the Malaysian hand?

I’ve found a place. It’s a bungalow, on Bukit Bintang, set back from the main road. You’ve probably driven past it numerous times but it’s never registered what it was. I know I have.

The Spice Garden Franchise is a well established name in the F&B industry.

The first restaurant in Malaysia opened in Genting Highlands in 2003. One year later, another outlet, Spice Garden Express, opened in Lucky Gardens, Bangsar. In February 2005, Spice Garden Imperial opened its doors to the public on Jalan Bukit Bintang. To date, in total, Spice Garden has 7 outlets, including one in Kota Kinabalu.

It was our privilege to be invited for dinner at Spice Garden Imperial, Bukit Bintang. Walking through the front doors of the restored bungalow, I was greeted by the strong smell of spices that lingered in the air and tickled my nostrils. Half the taste is in the smell, I hear, so I gave it an immediate tick for that.

That evening, we were joined by special guests Frat Mustard, the voice of, and Fatboybakes.

Spice Garden goes by the mantra “Where Good Food and Hospitality Meets”. True to their word, we were warmly greeted by Amarjit Chawla (Senior General Manager, Operation) and P. Selvam Selvarajah (Executive Director). Mr. Chawla hails from New Delhi and has been a resident in KL for 3 years.

He explained to us that all the staff at Spice Garden are from India, Nepal and Pakistan, including the chefs who were to cook up our Northern Indian Feast. All the ingredients used are also sourced directly from India, to ensure maximum authenticity in taste.

Quality is of the utmost importance, and this was clear even from the Poppadum served with sweet mango chutney, spicy mixed pickle and a mint dip.

Light and crispy, it was impossible to resist smothering the poppadums in the tasty chutneys.

We kicked of the meal with the Spice Garden Special Tandoori Non-Veg Platter, from the Tandoori Nazrene section. Tandoori dishes are marinated in yoghurt with appropriate herbs and spices and then cooked in the tandoor kept at a very high temperature with burning charcoal. What results is a very special BBQ flavour in the meat.

This platter consisted of moist chicken, kebab, juicy lamb, succulent prawns and fresh fish.

It was excellent. We could really taste the traditional spices used in the marinade, even Frat agreed.

Executive Ramesh Kumar made an appearance to take our orders for main courses.

We decided to leave it in his capable hands, judging by the excellent appetizer, no one expected to be disappointed.

Shortly after, we were presented with a refreshing Middle Eastern Salad.

This was followed by a moorish Masala Poppadum with Salsa.

A fragrant Prawn Biryani was placed on the table and there were gasps of “Ooh’s” and “Ah’s” as the scent wafted up and made our mouths water.

Usually, the more common biryani consists of rice cooked with chicken or mutton. I highly recommend the Prawn Biryani at Spice Garden. A very tasty combination of rice and prawns cooked to perfection.

The curries were magnificent. A house specialty is the creamy Chicken Tikka Butter Masala, a wonderful curry that caresses your tongue and melts in your mouth. The Mutton Roghan Josh was robust and flavourful, with tender pieces of meat.

I loved the unusual Fish Sagg that was mild, rich and velvety.

Top that off with some crunchy mixed vegetables for added texture.

No Indian meal would be complete without Dahl, and we had a portion that was thick and darker in colour, slow cooked for over 24 hours.

Of course, what better to complement our curries than Rotiwan Dawat E-Shahi.

We ripped and tore apart freshly baked pieces of Lachhedar Parantha, Plain Naan, Garlic Naan and some god old fashioned Roti.

No potato was left unturned, no dollop of sauce left unlicked.

Our plates were clean by the end of the meal. Chef Ramesh brought out some delightful Indian Sweets in the shape of the Indian Flag, specially made for us to remember our evening.

Spice Garden Imperial is where you can indulge in tandoori specialties and mouth watering curries. With a large selection of bona fide Indian desserts, you are spoilt for choice. It’s Northern Indian cuisine at its best. If you fancy some live music and belly-dancing, head upstairs to the lounge and allow your meal to digest while sipping on an after dinner drink.

Spice Garden Imperial at Bukit Bintang really is “Where Good Food & Hospitality Meets”.

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Spice Garden,
Indian & Middle Eastern Cuisine
No 205, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel : +603-214.222.20/2223
Fax: +603-214.122.23

Email :


Written by alyredfm

April 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Posted in Reviews

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  1. nice one babe! shot were great and the write up made me wish i was there 😉


    April 2, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    • Tq – shots thanks to my wonderful photographer kah wai 🙂


      April 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm

  2. his moustache is legendary!


    April 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    • Everything there is authentic 🙂


      April 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm

  3. what a larverly write up…and such gorgeous pics. kudos to kah wai. makes me shy to put up my pics.


    April 5, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    • keke – kah wai so good right? 🙂 i’m going to miss him… 😦


      April 5, 2010 at 8:39 pm

      • Hey i’m not gone forever u know, just sneak me in and i’ll gladly make myself available.. u know the food reviews have always been something i looked forward too to go through the weekdays.. lol..

        kah wai

        April 11, 2010 at 10:23 pm

  4. Amazing, it looks really exotic and ravishing =)


    April 6, 2010 at 10:45 am

    • Oh that it was – i slept like a baby that night!


      April 6, 2010 at 11:21 am

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