If you want to dine like royalty and experience the feeling of being in a Moghul tent, head for The Sultani, writes Zalina Mohd Som.
At a glance, it looks like any other meatball. But just one bite and youâ€™d know these are not exactly what you get anywhere else.
Double meat kofta is a signature dish of Moghul restaurant The Sultani.
These meatballs comprise two layers of meat. cut one into half and youâ€™d see the outer ring of minced chicken with a minced lamb ball inside. both minced meats are dequately
flavoured with spices and herbs.
The meatballs are then cooked with a thick spicy gravy. The most interesting or perhaps the most delicious part is that both meats are equally tender and juicy.
The flavour and sweetness of the chicken and lamb stand out individually and in balance. Even the gravy does not drown their taste. The meatballs can be eaten on their own or with the thick spicy gravy.
This dish, one of The Sultaniâ€™s many house specialties, was created by resident chef Ahmad Javed from Pakistan. Ahmad is the fourth generation in a family of cooks who used to work in the royal kitchens.
Other specialties include paneer pakora(deep-fried cheese), honey-buttered prawn and fish kasoori as well as desserts like date halwa and gajrela (carrot halwa).
Fit For Royalty
The Sultani menu lists authentic Moghul dishes that are usually served to Moghul kings and queens. The food is rich with spices and herbs and is traditionally presented without garnishing.
The thick menu has almost everything for everyone, from hearty daily dishes to special
festive dishes and vegetarian items too.
All dishes are neatly categorised under lamb, chicken, seafood, beef and tandoori, with a huge selection in each category.
"our guests are important to us. The food is prepared according to the customers," says owner Sultan Ali Shah who has been staying in Malaysia for almost 15 years.
"If it´s for the locals, the food will be prepared with less spices to suit Malaysian tastebuds. but for Pakistanis or Indians, the food will be prepared exactly the way we do it back home," he adds.
Dining In Royal Tent
Living up to its Moghul concept, The Sultani has created the ambience of a luxurious Moghul tent with wine-coloured satin-organza.
The ceiling is covered with rolling drapes of rich fabrics and at strategic spots, the drapes fall to the floor and serve as partition for a more private dining area. Adding more value to the plush setting is the view of Petronas Twin Towers and part of Kuala Lumpur skyline.
For those who prefer to dine outdoors and enjoy the fresh air, tables are set on the terrace.
How To get There
The Sultani is located on the fifth floor of the newly renovated Flamingo by The Lake Kuala Lumpur. The hotel is located at the fringe of Kuala Lumpur, at the busy Jalan Hulu Kelang or MRR2, opposite Ampang Point.
Details, call 03-4251 7360.
[From NST Travel Times]
By Zalina Mohd Som,
, 14 Oct 2008