In a line: Get a taste of Malaysia in the heart of the city at Tamra, Shanri-La.
Price for two: Rs. 4000(approx)
Location: Shangri-la, New Delhi
Timings: 12:30- 3:30 and 7:30-10:30 PM
Dates: Till 17th September i.e. this Sunday
Must haves: Lamb satay, raw mango salad, sambal shrimps, nasi goreng
Think creamy laksa, char-grilled meat skewers with peanut dip, falling off-the-bone meat in spicy rendang or some heartwarming nasi goreng. It is the freshness of the ingredients, the play of textures and juxtaposition of flavours that makes Malaysian food one of my favourites. Since Malaysian culture is influenced by China, India and a few European nations, the influence even gets reflected in their culinary offerings, only to make it more diverse and more interesting.
If you’re one who enjoys Malay food as much as I do or if you’re just fascinated hearing about it and would want to give it a try, then you’re in for a treat at Tamra, the multi-cuisine award-winning restaurant at Shangri-La, New Delhi.
Bringing the flavours of Southeast Asia to the heart of the city, Tamra is all geared up to offer an array of authentic Malaysian delicacies that’ll teleport your taste buds to the streets of Kuala Lumpur, only wanting to stay there for a little longer.
The all you-can-eat buffet is a plus for sure, because who wouldn’t want to dig into some spicy and drool-inducing sambal tossed shrimps again and again? While I did get myself a small portion of acar buah i.e. a type of mix fruit salad and a portion of the sweet, sour and spicy kerabu mangg i.e. raw mango salad, it was the sambal shrimp that I had my heart over. After demolishing the crunchy and crisp prawn and fish crackers with chilli jam, I got my noodle-fix with the garlic and vegetables tossed noodles. But it was the waft of grilling skewered meat over coal that was so enticing, that I had to fetch myself a couple of satays, which I merrily dunked in the sweet peanut sauce. Amongst the chicken and lamb satay, the lamb satay would be the undisputed winner for succulence of the meat that was well marinated with Malaysian spices. Needless to say, a must have while visiting Tamra during the “Taste of Malaysia” festival.
I found myself guilty of sneaking dim sums in my platter, but the dim sum lover in me couldn’t help but get a dim sum or two of the juicy chicken sui mai and the vegetable dim sum, that was stuffed with a beautiful melange of crunchy vegetables, which oddly enough, had an upper hand over the non-vegetarian competitor alongside. The mainstay in the mains has to be the nasi goreng kampung or stir-fried egg rice with vegetables, that I demolished with some spicy chilli sauce.
But that’s not where the Malaysian feast ends, you can even enjoy a slice or two of the interesting thin crust pizza that is topped with some spicy rendang. And to coax the spiciness, you can either sip on to the national drink of Malaysia, Teh Tarik, that is basically a strong tea topped with condensed milk, or you can have a bowlful or two of mango pudding or honeydew pudding. Not to forget, the regular Indian, Italian and continental sections at Tamra will always be at your disposal, ensuring that no palate goes unsatisfied!
Overall, the ongoing festival at Tamra is certainly very promising and will take your taste buds on a culinary ride across Malaysia. Make the most of it, as the festival ends this Sunday.