Taste of India @ Essence, Sheraton Imperial, Kuala Lumpur

Even before I actually stepped into the warm ambience of Essence in Sheraton Imperial, Kuala Lumpur, the scents of Indian spices, herbs and incense filled the air around me.  And then the sight of a colorful kolam and traditional candle lights laid out on a table just after the main entrance completed the whole kaleidoscope of aroma, colour and sensation – an evening of indulgence on exotic authentic Indian cuisine.

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In celebration of the fascinating burst of sensations and infinite flavours of spices, an Indian Guest Chef, all the way from The Westin Pune Kregaon Park, India will be flown in to cook up a storm alongside Sheraton Imperial’s residential India Chef, Rajendra Negi.

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For the whole month of June, the Indian Chefs will creating various dishes of exotic origins. I was impressed with the lavish buffet spread and the chefs have created enough delicacies that cover 4 different menus which will be rotated every day. The array of sharp zesty salads, pickles, appetizers, mains and desserts was quite mind-boggling. It’s impossible to try every item!

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I picked a few of my favourites and among them were the Bombay Pani Puri and Sav Puri… it was really fascinating to watch the chefs assembling these little thin parcels with all condiments and gravies and sauces … and then they have to be eaten immediately!  

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Chef Rajendra making me my Sav Puri!

So there I was, standing by the buffet counter and waiting patiently for my Pani Puri and Sav Puri, and once handed to me, I popped them into my mouth on the spot!  What a mouthful of sensational flavours and textures, spicy and tart crunchies, sourish sauces and the thin crispy pastry enveloping everything!

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I’ve always liked chick peas so when I saw the Aloo Channa Papri Chat (Mixed Potato, Chick Peas & Crunchy Bread) platter, I couldn’t help taking a few spoonfuls!

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Nothing whetted the appetite better than the robust Chicken Shorba - a spicy chicken broth with lots of traditional Indian spiceds. Quite a few of my fellow diners went for repeated helpings of their Dum Ka Murgh (Spicy Chicken simmered in Ground Cashew Nuts Paste) – it’s such a creamy tasty dish for us to dip our naans in. The thing with Indian cuisine is that their curries and gravies are always so well flavoured that it’s very easy to overstuff ourselves with their crispy naans. Their Dal Makhani (Black Lentil cooked with butter, cream and whole spices) is a typical example!

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We tried the Achaar Bhara Paneer – an authentic dish of Cottage Cheese marinated with ginger, garlic paste and saffron... and all the flavours just burst in my mouth… if tastes and flavours can be visualized, then this would be like a rainbow melting on my tongue.

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Murgh Makhmali Kebab – Boneless chicken breast pieces marinated in cashew, cheese, cardamom and cream

On the dessert counters, the Indian desserts stood out like colourful blobs (most of them are round!) and if they are not colorful enough by themselves, they were wrapped in brilliant shiny foils…

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There were Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrots cooked in cardamom-flavoured milk), Rasmalai (Milk Dumplings in saffron milk), Gulab Jamun but my favourite has to be their Kulfi, freshly made with condensed milk, flavoured with cardamom and sprinkled with crunchy bits of chopped almonds and pistachios. I ate this on its own (and was so tempted to go for seconds and thirds!) but there are others who love it served with waffle, pancake and caramelled fruits…!

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The Taste of India promotion will be on for the whole month of June, available only for dinner. Dinner starts from 6.30pm to 10.30pm and is priced at RM98++ per person (food only) and at RM128++ per person (inclusive of wines).

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Essence
Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2717-9900
Fax: 03-2717-9999

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12 Responses to “Taste of India @ Essence, Sheraton Imperial, Kuala Lumpur”

  1. June 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    i just saw the promotional poster for this in my office elevator (heheh, you can guess which building i work in now)! :D

    • Pureglutton
      June 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

      So have you gone & tried it yet? :P

  2. June 9, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    I can imagine how you guys really walloped the naan with the array of tasty curries and all.

    • Pureglutton
      June 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

      Hehe, we had a tough time restraining ourselves!

  3. June 9, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    yummmmm the kulfi is so unforgettable!

    • Pureglutton
      June 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

      Yep, that’s one of the best kulfi I’ve tasted!

  4. June 10, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    “…and if they are not colorful enough by themselves, they were wrapped in brilliant shiny foils” Hahaha! Give it up to Indian food maestros to teach us a thing or two about power presentation!

    • Pureglutton
      June 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

      Ya, really power, man! ;) So colorful!

  5. June 11, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    Oh me, oh my… The kulfi sounds terribly good.. especially served with that waffle… Calorific heaven, this! Hehe.

    • Pureglutton
      June 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

      Yep, and the best thing is u can pile on top of it every dessert that’s on the counter!

  6. June 13, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Such a colourful display of food and spices! Would love to try the kulfi out too! yum!

    • Pureglutton
      June 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

      Oh yes, you absolutely must go & try that kulfi!

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