You can probably guess from the title I wasn’t completely happy with this restaurant. If you find yourself sojourning in Penang, you’re usually limited time-wise, so you want to make the most of the experience by eating as many delicious things as possible.
I started off on the wrong foot by being so caught in Little India’s trance that I completely let the hunger pangs sneak up on me. Then I hopped into place on a random street, unresearched. The restaurant was called Karaikudi Restaurant named after the Southern Indian city.
I have eaten enough Indian food to smell something wrong in the air, so I should have looked at the types of Indian cuisine they serve and known this wasn’t the place for me. Kashmiri dishes in a place called Karaikudi? What was I thinking? Well I had a hungry crowd with me and the atmosphere in the restaurant was decent. Waiters seemed friendly and there was even an owner or older manager checking with tables.
We were brought cold mango lassies, delicious and we needed them after too much walking. Then the food started coming, samosas, two large cone shaped one which were a bit cold and couldn’t hold a candle to some of the street shops hawking fried goodies in the main Little India thoroughfare. Luckily, dosa had been ordered and it arrived looking delicious. Great portion size, but the dahl was boring, the chutneys barely added anything, and stuffing inside unmemorable.
Just writing this I’m getting frustrated all over again, because I have had better dosa in Bangkok.
Quick rundown of the other dishes included decent veggie curry (aloo gobi) and dry looking tandoori (with bright neon Nickelodeon looking sauce) that was actually delicious. Good tandoori brightens my mood and I get excited for the rest of the order. I was curious about the Kashmiri food so I ordered the rogan josh which we weren’t crazy for and Kashmiri naan. I didn’t see any Kashmiri naan in Kashmir while I was there so this was quite different. Inside the naan was shredded dried fruit and peeling the top later back, exposed the inside pocket which was full of confetti looking dried fruit.
Overall the Kashmiri naan bread was interesting and the tandoori really succulent. However, those two dishes weren’t enough to carry the entire meal. Had a few other dishes been good or the dosa been knocked out of the park, all would be forgiven. Instead, I have to admit I’d give this restaurant a pass next time I’m in Georgetown’s Little India.
P.S. If you do want to check this place out yourself, it’s located in Little India on Lebuh Pasar.