Monday, 2 July 2018

(The Star) Home-cooked flair in dishes

Having operated in the heart of Brickfields for 12 years, one family business has made a new home for themselves in a brand-new location in Bandar Sunway.

Jassal Tandoori Restaurant is now in a bigger premises with cleaner surroundings and cheaper rental in Sunway Geo.

Having started out selling traditional North Indian sweets and desserts, the family realised that their home-cooked North Indian cuisine proved to be popular with customers too.

Restaurant owner Amar Singh, who runs the business with wife Teranjit Kaur and their two children, said some of their regular customers in Brickfields have even come all the way to visit their shop since they moved three months ago.

His trusted cook from India works hard to ensure that their North Indian dishes are of high quality and as authentic as possible while cutting down on the amount of sugar and salt used in all their dishes.

Their North Indian thali lunch sets are popular with customers at the new location as affordable lunch options, available between noon and 2.30pm.

Chicken Cheese Naan (left) being dipped in dhal tarka (middle). Also in the photo are (clockwise from right) palak paneer, dhal makhni and butter chicken. — Photos: SAM THAM/The Star 

For RM12.90, the Vegetarian Set comes with steamed basmati rice, tandoori roti, vegetable of the day, dhal, raita, crispy pappadam and dessert of the day – all in a hearty portion that serves one.

The Chicken Set and Mutton Set, both priced at RM15.90, include all of the above plus an extra item: chicken of the day or mutton rogan josh.

For a lighter lunch, diners can opt for the Chola Batura Thali Set (RM9.90) which comes with fluffy fried batura bread, chickpea gravy and raita.

Diners can add on RM3 for a choice of iced lemon tea, lime juice or masala tea to go with their lunch set.

The restaurant has a wide selection of Indian flatbreads on the à la carte menu, and one of my favourites is the Chicken Cheese Naan (RM13.90).

This savoury naan is made very thin and stuffed with chicken slices and mozzarella cheese before baking.

No matter which flatbread is your favourite, it will go great with a serving of Dhal Makhni (RM15.90).

A Punjab speciality, dhal makhni made from black lentils, red kidney beans, butter and cooking cream in a pressure cooker is a rich and savoury dish.

The new premises of Jassal Tandoori Restaurant is more spacious.

I also highly recommend the butter chicken here (RM27.90), which is a rich and sweet signature dish of any North Indian cuisine restaurant.

Vegetarians will love the palak paneer (RM19.90). The spinach in this dish is not pureed too fine and the restaurant uses its own house-made paneer.

Amar added that their customers can even order the house-made paneer from the restaurant to put into their own cooking.

Those who are dining in a bigger group can share the Tandoori Platter (RM34.90), which serves chicken, mutton and fish that is marinated in a tasty variety of spices.

Popular North Indian sweets such as gulab jamun and dhoda burfi are on display up front and can be ordered both for dine-in and takeaway.

Large groups up to a maximum of 100 people are welcome to contact the restaurant for bookings to host and cater for events at the restaurant.

JASSAL TANDOORI RESTAURANT, A1-01-06, Block A1, Sunway Geo Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, Selangor. (Tel: 03-5611 9221). Business hours: 10am to 10.30pm daily.

This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.