Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Restaurant D Maduras @ Batu Caves, Selangor

Of course there are many of those South Indian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur that are very famous for their food but this is a place that had been 'not noticed', perhaps because of it's location in Batu Caves, that deserves a mention for their lovely and reasonably priced food. This place has been around for about a year plus now and is famous among the locals. I have been dining here a couple of times and each time, returned a happy man. Since I was in the vicinity this afternoon, decided on dropping by again for lunch. 

The Restaurant in Taman Sunway Batu Caves

Outdoor Seats

Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian Dishes Are Segregated

Cosy Air-Conditioned Atmosphere
For those who are coming here for the first time, assuming you are on the Middle Ring Road coming from Jalan Kuching, keep going straight till you pass the Batu Caves Temple. Right after this, keep left and get down onto the state road. The moment you sight Giant Hypermarket on your right, look left and you would be able to see this restaurant. Parking is easy, never been a hassle as it's pretty much a light industrial zone. The restaurant is mostly crowded during lunch and dinner hours and it is best to come early. 12 noon would be ideal if you're coming for lunch. I have had an experience where I arrived once at 2.30 pm and most of the dishes were already sold out. The place is cosy with air-conditioned dining halls. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are also segregated and placed in separate counters. They are well staffed and all of them are very quick with their work. No customer is left hanging out there to dry. Even the owners are friendly and greet customers as they come in. 

Thali Meal @ RM 5.00

Thali Meal @ RM 5.00
Their Thali Meals are my all time favourite here. Initially, it used to priced at RM 6.00 but they had reduced the price subsequently. Now, it's priced at RM 5.00 per set and this comes with Rice, Pappadam, 3 vegetables, Sambar, Puli Kulambu (which is not in the above picture as it was added subsequently), Moor, Payasam and Kesari and of course a tumbler of drinking water. For RM 5.00 , it's surely a good deal.

Bitter Gourd Perattal

Pumpkin

Cabbage Perattal
Instead of serving the common vegetables seen at most South Indian restaurant, they served something different. Today's choices were Bitter Gourd Perattal, Cabbage Perattal and Pumpkin. These are rotated and on some days, I have had Beet Root Perattal too. The veggies are generally tasty. I would rate these at 8/10 .

Sambar

Rasam

Moor
As for the gravies, we were served with some Sambar, Rasam, Moor and Puli Kulambu. Some restaurant would charge extra when you add an additional serving of these gravies (especially if they are the Thali concept) but these guy's are very lenient as far as top up's are concerned. In fact we even asked them for extra Pappadam's and they obliged. In fact, the guy brought 3 more pieces and did not charge us for those. That's great service. Overall their gravies are good and the notable ones would be their Puli Kulambu and Sambar. I would rate these at 9/10 .

Payasam

Kesari & Moor Milagai
And to finish the meal, some Payasam and Kesari. I just love their Kesari here. It is so delicious and made with lot's of ghee. Nevertheless, their Payasam is tasty too and they rotate between the different styles on a daily basis. Today it was the grated coconut Payasam. As for their Payasam, I would rate it at 8/10 but their Kesari deserves nothing less that 9.5/10 .

Mutton Perattal @ RM 5.00
Small lovely cuts of Mutton were cooked with loads of potatoes and served in a thick, delicious gravy. Being a mutton fan, I'm generally quite fussy about my ratings. This was good, nevertheless it can better. I would rate this at 8.5/10 .

Black Pepper Chicken Perattal @ RM 5.00
This was almost like Chicken Varuval as it was a 'dry' dish. The Black Pepper Chicken Perattal was indeed heavenly. Meaty chunks, lovely marination and it was finger licking good! A must try here. Do note that it is a spicy dish. I would rate this at 9.5/10 . Excellent!

Tenggiri Fish in a Thick & Spicy Gravy @ RM 3.50
This again was heavenly and even better than the earlier Chicken Perattal. The fish slice was huge and thick and was served in a thick, spicy, aromatic gravy. Absolutely delicious! I would rate this at nothing less than a perfect 10/10 . For the price, it was definitely cheap too.


Nescafe @ RM 2.00

Lunch In Progress
Having done with our lunch, time to have some Nescafe and this was priced at RM 2.00 per glass. In summary, most of the items that we tried today were good, if not excellent. Their Thali sets are definitely value for money and the non vegetarian items that we tried too were delicious. Definitely a place that I would recommend. I am truly glad that despite the place had gained popularity among the locals, food quality have been consistent and I hope that it stays the same in the years to come.

Address: No. 2, Jalan SM 1, Taman Sunway Batu Caves, 
                68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia.

Opening Hours: 0700 - 2300 Daily

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