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April 18, 2012

Sentul Curry House, Jalan Ipoh

A substantial Southern Indian meal

Southern Indian cuisine is less rich compared to Northern Indian cuisine, but can be just as tasty from the clever blend of chillies and spices. When I feel like having a fiery, spice-dominated dinner, I always opt for a restaurant that serves Southern Indian dishes. rif and I have never been to Sentul Curry House in Jalan Ipoh, but my father in-law spoke very highly about the food there each time we talk about curries.

Fried crabs

Crab cutlets

Good spread

Price guide

The selection of dishes – lined up at the counter, nasi kandar style – was impressive. From thick curries and hot rasam to stir-fried vegetables, we were spoilt for choice. In the end, we decided on the mutton curry (RM12), brinjal with chilli paste (RM4.50), fried cabbage (RM4) and a crab cutlet (RM6). We also helped ourselves to some fish curry and dhal to go with our rice; rif had plain white rice (RM1.50) while I tried their briyani rice (RM5 per plate). The latter was aromatic, fluffy and well separated.

Aromatic briyani rice

Dhal and fish curry

My father in-law was right. The curries were good especially the fish curry and mutton curry. The former was thick, spicy and subtly sour – very tasty with rice. Those who can’t take overly spicy food should go for the dhal, which was mildly spiced, creamy and good in its own way.

Tasty mutton curry

I really enjoyed the mutton curry – the tantalizing aroma of spices and chilies permeated the meat, right down to the juices. This might be a little rich for some, as the flavours are multi-layered and complex. I found it a pleasure to tuck into.

Swimming in oil!

The mutton was incredibly tender and had such delicious fat. Not good for the cholesterol level or waistline, but so good for the taste buds! I found the brinjal just alright. This was adequately tender but very oily. The fried cabbage was tastier and probably healthier as it wasn’t swimming in oil. Still, I didn’t care much for it.

Stuffed with goodness!

For RM6, we thought the crab cutlet was pretty good value for money. The cutlet was judiciously seasoned and had a generous amount of crab meat, egg and shredded cabbage. I like that the restaurant didn’t stinge on the crab and the cutlet was sweet and juicy from the flesh of the crustacean.

Apam, made to order

Rif and I shared an apam (RM1.20) which was made to order. This was pretty good – the batter was crisp around the edges with a soft, fluffy and sweet coconut-flavoured centre. It went well with my masala tea (RM2.50) but I still prefer the apam from Lucky Garden in Bangsar. My tea was nothing to shout about – it lacked oomph.

Crisp edges, fluffy centre

Masala Tea

Reasonably priced

Our dinner came up to RM34 including drinks. For the dishes we had, I found it quite reasonable. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Getting to Sentul Curry House is quite easy – it is almost across the road from Dynasty Hotel, where Ban Lee Bak Kut Teh is.

Spacious

Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 7/10 (pork free)
Verdict: Thick and richly flavoured curries and prices that won’t burn a hole in your wallet.

No.239 Batu 2,
Jalan Ipoh,
51100 Kuala Lumpur
03-4044 0564


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14 Responses

  1. sedap!!! just can’t get enough

    a hole in your wallet.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Why do you say it’s a hole in the wallet?

  2. the apom looks nice…
    Normally I get in the night market RM2 for 5 small pcs…

    1. Bangsar Babe

      This one is different. Indian apam. :)

  3. love the mutton and lamb here.. but those crazy rolls of fish eggs that look like mini horns, are what I kill for! you didn’t have any? LOL

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I didn’t see any. If not, I’ll sure take! :P

  4. I really enjoy Malaysia for the fact that you can get a great meal that won’t break the bank.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      You’re totally right!

  5. Indeed, it looks less creamy. Hehe.

    Less creamy = good for the waistline

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hahahaha….true true!

  6. oooo, this is tempting me to have some briyani soon! i haven’t had briyani in many, many months, even though there’s a briyani outlet just a two-minute walk from my office. and yeah, i prefer my briyani with non-spicy dhal too :D

    1. Bangsar Babe

      You should try mixing dhal and fish curry together. Shiok!

  7. Dunno why but couldn’t access your blog yesterday! But OK now la.

    I love a good mutton curry. ;)

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I’ll check and see if my host was down. Time to change server host! :(

      Yes, mutton curry is always yummy. Mutton varuval too. Hehehe

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