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Review: Nadodi KL

Nadodi KL is the new kid on the block just opposite Suria KLCC, off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng. The entryway was a little secluded, which suits the exclusivity of the restaurant that has already enjoyed the patronage of local royals. The cuisine is described as engaging and nomadic, namely because it’s inspired by journeys across Tamil Nadu to Kerala and all the way to Sri Lanka.

The space is divided into several private dining rooms and a main dining area with a full-service bar. Beautiful photographs taken by partners of the restaurant adorn the dark-coloured walls, presenting an intriguing, cultural ambience. We were invited to experience the 10-course menu called 10-mile journey, in theme with the restaurant’s concept. Settling into our cosy seats, we began our expedition.

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The sambol had a wonderful savoury flavour from the fish, slight sweetness from the coconut and a hint of spice that kept things fresh.

We started with a dish called Lactose Free, made of fish flakes and sambol. We liked the mix of spice and sweetness that tantalised our tastebuds in anticipation for more. Each appetiser is served bite-sized, to ensure diners are still able to enjoy the main course when they get to it.

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A burst of flavours that seem new yet familiar.

Next up we had Malayali Trade — tempered red rice with chilli yoghurt. Creamy, healthy and delicious, this gourmet dish introduced a host of spices to our palate without going overboard by maintaining a familiar flavour — yoghurt.

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Monsoon Ritual is a fragrant, warm and comforting tomato broth mixed with spiced oil.

A definite contender for our top three favourite dishes of the night, Monsoon Ritual was an absolute delight of a tomato broth that we could drink every day. It was served warm, and despite being a clear broth, was piquant and deliciously fragrant. The only downside was how hard it was to stop drinking the nourishing, heart-and-soul-warming soup.

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Tongue in cheek — Silence of Our Lamb.

The two main ingredients in Silence of Our Lamb are the 68°C sous vide lamb chop and curry leaves. As simple as it sounds, the flavours speak for themselves. The lamb was perfectly cooked, not too tough and chewy, while the curry leaves provided a fragrant sauce great for dipping the meat in.

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The beautiful briyani was served in an interesting gold bowl with four layers, tiffin-style.

Another main course we enjoyed very much was the Dravidian nation — country chicken briyani served with a refreshing salad and a dollop of yoghurt. Where do we even begin with this? The chefs opted to not use Basmati rice despite its popularity in briyani, and instead incorporated a variety of short-grained rice more widely cooked in the region of Dravida Nadu, which inspired this dish. The chicken was oh-so-tender and the creamy sauce was begging to be soaked up and enjoyed with the fragrant briyani rice. Piling a little of everything unto a spoon, we relished the explosion of textures and flavours — smooth, tender, grainy, crunchy and creamy.

Though not officially launched, guests can already enjoy dinner at the restaurant with prior reservation. At the moment, only the 8-, 11- and 14-course menus are available, with optional wine-pairing (they’ve added one more course to the 10-mile journey). The prices are as follows — 8-course menu at RM280++ per person, 11-course menu at RM350++ per person and 14-course menu at RM420++ per person. Vegetarian options are available too, if that’s what you prefer.

Nadodi KL, 183, First floor, Jalan Mayang, off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2182 4334

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