AROMA Restaurant and Musical Bistro,
5th Floor, Radius International Hotel,
Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2142 0173
Business hours: Daily, 7.00am-10.00pm.
EXECUTIVE chef Shinith Paloathil is on a mission to redefine the concept of Indian cuisine by serving the best from the land of spices at the Aroma Restaurant and Musical Bistro.
“Many refer to Indian food as hot and relate it to the food sold at mamak stalls. There is also a misconception over the meaning of the word ‘hot’ which many confuse with spicy.
“The word spicy refers to the flavourful taste from the use of spices, which are prominent in most Indian dishes. Spices are good for health and medicine to the body,” he said.
Thirty-year-old Shinith, who has 16 years of experience in this industry has been based in Malaysia for the last seven years and picked up Malay language on top of the six languages he already knows.
He often steps out of his kitchen to chat with customers about food and to get feedback.
“Cooking is my passion. I enjoy talking to my customers about food and its preparation. It is only through education that the people will learn to appreciate good food.
“Besides, I emphasise on presentation as it is an integral part in attracting people to the food.
“Here you get the cuisine of India. Our chefs hail from Kerala, Chennai, Goa, Gujerat and also Pakistan. Every item is made in the kitchen including the curry powders and yogurt,” said Shinith, who will also be making his debut on the Asia Food Channel in Singapore soon.
The current promotions for lunch and dinner include a vegetarian meal of 13 items for RM10 per pax or the buffet spread priced at RM28 per pax. Meanwhile, the breakfast set starts from RM8.80 per pax.
“There are many delicious Indian dishes many have not heard of and are hesitant to try. On the other hand, there is the famous Malaysian Indian fish head curry which everybody loves.
“That is why we use the vegetarian set meal and buffet spread to introduce the wide variety of side dishes and complement it with the fish head curry if preferred,” he said.
Aroma owner Celestine Vincent said the restaurant is an extension of Malabar Palace in Sri Hartamas Shopping Centre.
“This is a family-friendly restaurant with a seating capacity of 300 persons with access to the swimming pool and is ideal for private functions.
“Our signature dish is the Lamb Verattal which is painstakingly pan-roasted for about two hours with its own juice instead of boiling it to make it tender.
Then, there is the Kerala Style Chilli Crab for RM44+ and our star dish Tandoor Lobster at RM73+,” said Vincent.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.