Nadodi

Time Out Kuala Lumpur - - Food & Drink Awards winners -

SINCE IT OPENED IN MARCH THIS YEAR, Nadodi has brought a new di­men­sion to KL’s fine din­ing scene. Named af­ter the Malay­alam word for ‘wan­derer’, this pro­gres­sive In­dian restau­rant aims to bring din­ers through a gas­tro­nomic jour­ney that stretches from the south­ern In­dian re­gions of Tamil Nadu and Ker­ala and into the Jaffna Penin­sula in Sri Lanka. There’s no short­age of am­bi­tion here; when it opened, the restau­rant of­fered din­ers a choice of 11- or 15- course tast­ing menus; by Oc­to­ber, it had re­vised its menu to in­clude 15- and 17-course tast­ing menus. In be­tween those months, chef-own­ers John­son Ebenezer and Sricha­ran Venkatesh also worked with DC Restau­rant’s Dar­ren Chin for a three-night col­lab­o­ra­tive dinner that was sold out within days.

The dishes here are im­pec­ca­bly ex­e­cuted and stun­ningly plated; more im­por­tantly they present a whole new side to In­dian cuisine never seen be­fore in KL. Some of the stand­out dishes they’ve made this year are the yo­ghurt spher­oid wrapped in gold leaf, Hokkaido scal­lops served with tamarind froth, and What Came First – a com­bi­na­tion of moussed kalaki (Chen­naistyle scram­bled eggs), topped with a chicken 65-spiced cracker. Their cock­tails aren’t shy of spec­ta­cle ei­ther; try the Cock­tail with No Name, which is made from truf­flesteeped gin and bruised basil, and Vodka in the Woods, a burst of a vodka-based drink en­cased within a mango gel sphere.

First floor, 183 Jalan Mayang, off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, KL (03 2181 4334/nadodikl.com). Mon-Thu, 6.30-11pm; Fri-Sat, 12.30-2.30pm, 6.30-11pm.

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