Indian/ Malaysia

Jewel of the North Tandoori Corner – Penang Indian

February 22, 2012
  • Restaurant: Jewel of the North
  • Location:  Batu Ferringhi, Penang
  • Cost: 150 RM  circa £32 (including 4 beers, 2 iced teas and a Lassi)
  • Service: NA
  • Food Rating: 7.5
  • Value for money: 9
  • Overall Jelly Good Food Rating: 7.5

This restaurant’s claim to fame is that apparently the Bekhams ate there at some point, anyway it had great reviews on Tripadvisor so we went.

Service was fantastic however we came super early and were pretty much the only people in the restaurant.  The menue is huge and has lots of unusual options.

The manager offered to chose our dishes and as he seemed quite confident  we went along with it.

We were brought:

  • Samosas with mint sauce
  • Chicken Tikka
  • King Prawn  cashew nut curry with cherries and cream
  • Vegetable Jalfrezi
  • Pilau Rice
  • Garlic Nan

Samosas were the star of the show for me – so hot and freshly made with superb thick, buttery pastry, none of that thin greasy hard/chewy stuff you sometimes get in the UK.  Filled with potato, veg and spices.  Best Samosa I ever had, hands down, and I wouldnt even normally order these.

Rest of the curries were enjoyable but nothing to write home about I’m afraid.  I think my expectations were just too high after reading all the excellent reviews, so I expected more.  However, can’t fault any of the dishes.

Jon ordered a Kulfi for dessert too.  It basically tastes like a chai latte ice cream:

Note: no air con in there.


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1 Comment

  • Ellie
    February 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Would add that, we ended up going back to the Jewel of the North a second time due to lack of of easy and decent options near Batu Ferringhi. During this second trip we realised that none of the dishes we were served had any hot spice to them at all – even the ones marked with two chillies in the menue.
    Have a funny feeling, that the reason for that is because Jewel of the North staff decided to give us as “westerners” the watered down version of their dishes probably thinking that we weren’t experienced with indian food.

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