Sri Ananda Bahwan Restaurant
Location: 66 Penang Street, Georgetown, Penang
Opening Hours: Unknown
Here are some of the selections available, which you can get presumably with rice. All of them looked very delicious, and there is a wide variety of different fascinating dishes!
A dish I'm always eager to order at any Indian establishment is a thali. This is the North Indian Thali Meal. Price wise it seemed very affordable to me. Thali is basically a bit of everything all on one tray. There are various curries, desserts, breads, sauces all together. The curries in this thali were deliciously creamy, and I was surprised to see mock meats inside also. The bread on offer is a chapati, while I would have opted for a naan, the chapati was cooked well. This dish is good for beginners to Indian food, who want to sample a bit of all the dishes. Good overall.
Price: RM6.00. 8/10
Next up, to continue with the theme of North Indian food we got a Plain Naan. What was so unusual about this dish was the dipping sauce that accompanied it. The striking yellow sauce at the back was in fact, cheese sauce. I've never seen naan come with a sauce like this. While it is hardly textbook cooking, being a lover of cheese, I secretly found myself liking it. The naan was cooked so-so. It was a little flat and lacking the right flavours. But I've had worse naan's overall, and for the price they were generous with the amount given.
Price: RM2.00. 7/10
Finally, we have the most eye-catching of all the dishes, which is the Tandoori Vegetarian Chicken. I absolutely adore tandoor cooked food, with its sensational smokey flavour that oozes from the food. Was this the same? Not quite. Comparing to some that I've tried in Singapore, I found that the mock meat was not as burnt and didn't have that fragrant tandoor flavour trapped in the texture. Also, the 'meat' was a little too chewy. But I did like the look of it, and overall I wasn't too disappointed.
Price: RM6.00. 6/10
Conclusion - I was meaning to try more of their South Indian offerings, but sadly I was just too full to try anymore. For the dishes I did sample though, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the North Indian dishes, and while there is some room for improvement, overall I think they did a very commendable job. In particular, I thought the North Indian thali was quite delightful, and those heading to this eatery, I would say that's a pretty good introduction dish. Hope you enjoy!
Food - 7/10
Service - 7/10
Value - 8/10