If you are looking for the definite taste of Chettinad and South Indian cuisine along with Northern Indian delights, then Karaikudi Restaurant is the place to be. Located in Market Street which is in the heart of George Town’s Little India, this restaurant is well known for its flavorful cuisines.


We had the privilege to savor cuisines with different flavors, seasonings and fragrance in this invited review at this restaurant, thanks to the arrangement by Penang Tua Pui.

We were served with the thick and refreshing Mango Lassi @RM4 to go along with our meal. The first dish was the Vegetable Soup @RM3. This Chettinad style vegetable soup is yellowish in colour, as they incorporate dhal in the preparation of this soup.


Squid Fry @RM8 – Squid dipped in a spicy batter and deep fried. The squid has the right texture and not too spicy. It’s best taken with some droplets of lime juice.


Bitter Gourd Chips @RM6 – Karaikudi gives a marvelous twist to this vegetable. Thin rings of bitter gourd marinated with spices is deep fried in oil together with dried chilies. This crispy appetizer has a bitter flavor but it leaves a pleasant after taste. For those who love bitter gourd, this is a must have item.


Chicken Cutlet @RM6 – These are deep fried cutlets made from boneless ground chicken marinated with egg and bread crumbs; while on the inside there are onions, curry leaves, coriander leaves and green chilies Presented in lovely heart shapes, they make a good snack.


Chicken Briyani @RM9.50 – Steaming bowl of hot Basmathi rice served with the tender piece of chicken, topped with a hard boiled egg.


We were also served with many other accompliments…


A shot of all the dishes in a row

Here are some them, namely the Lady Finger Pepper Fry @RM7 which was slices of ladies finger deep fried, then sauteed with pounded black pepper. The other was the Chettinad Potato Masala @RM6 with cubes of potato sauteed with their own special masala.



Egg Podimass @RM4 is basically scrambled egg cooked with onion, salt and pepper. Mutton Chukka Varuval @RM18 is a dish of tender pieces of mutton sauteed with plentiful of Chettinad spices. The spices added a fiery zing to this dish…absoutely delicious. It was cooked dried to perfection and is my favorite dish of the night.



Kadai Vegetable @RM9 – A bowl of assorted vegetable with a combination of button mushroom, cauliflower and beans cooked in a pungent and rich gravy.


Chicken Kothu Paratha @RM9 – The pieces of shredded chicken and the roti canai  pieces was fried with egg. It is a different texture indeed; kind of chewy and served with condiments of chutney and others.


Kashmiri Naan @RM6 – This sweet naan with dried fruits and sweet cherry is best eaten when it’s hot from the oven. Many people do take it with the curries but I personally prefer to take it as a sweet item. Besides the naan, we were also served with their Chettinad Special Dosai @RM4.


Chettinad Filter Coffee @RM2.80 – Fresh coffee bean powder steamed with boiled water to prepare the coffee, and then subsequently added with fresh milk. I personally find this cup of coffee a bit light for my taste.


The surprising Sizzling Brownie was the last entree for the night. A piece of freshly baked chocolate brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream topped with chocolate sauce and cashew nuts served on a hot sizzling plate.

This dessert was so delicious, a surprisingly change from the usual common dessert. The verdict from everyone present that day? Literally, we could not muster any words to describe this! It was just “Ohh.. and Ahhs” from everyone that gave the thumbs-up for this hot-and-cold tantalizing desert.


There is the standard Set Lunch meal consisting of soup, plain Briyani, Indian bread, and a scoop of Ice-Cream. The only difference is in the side dish with a vegetarian for the Vegetarian Set Lunch @RM13 and the Chicken/Mutton for the Non-Vegetarian Set Lunch @RM16. Do try out the food in Karaikudi which is freshly prepared daily. Click here for the Map Location.


Restaurant Karaikudi
20 Market Street
10200 Penang

Tel : 04 2631345 & 04 2631359
Website : www.karaikudi.com.my

Business Hours : 11am – 11pm (daily except Deepavali)
Lunch : 11am – 4pm
Snacks : 4pm – 7pm
Dinner : 7pm – 11pm

GPS Coordinates : N05 24.981   E100 20.408

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41 comments so far


Been to this wonderful restaurant a few times with my Indian colleagues, all I have to say is – eat with your hand, that’s where the fun begins =)

March 23rd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

wow…. all the foods seem delicious. Yummy!

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March 24th, 2009 at 7:43 am

give me Basmathi rice anytime!


March 24th, 2009 at 8:18 am

i love their chicken briyani rice, super duper!

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March 24th, 2009 at 9:26 am

Very.. very… very interesting to see all the food! And ice-cream on a hot sizzling plate? Wow!

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March 24th, 2009 at 9:30 am

Sizzling Brownie in an Indian Restaurant….Sounds Weird. Is the sizzling brownie different from the normal one?

March 24th, 2009 at 9:52 am

sweet naan! that’s pretty new to me! i guess the sweetness does go well with curries. am tempting to make some naans and stuff em up with dried fruits.

March 24th, 2009 at 10:08 am

Wah the food all very healthy and looks tasty. Can tell by just looking at it.

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March 24th, 2009 at 10:10 am

I like this type of food, but my stomach can’t stand of it. :(

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March 24th, 2009 at 10:25 am

One of my fav Indian restaurants. They have a branch in Tg Bungah now, right? Same row as In-Golf, I think.

The sizzling brownie dessert is definitely new. M sure it tastes good but I think it’ll kinda spoil the image of an authentic Indian restaurant, no? That’s more a TGIF dessert. Know what I mean? :)

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March 24th, 2009 at 10:35 am

fwukai – I must try eating with my hands on my next outing…thanks for sharing the idea :)

Food Paradise – If you like spicy, go for the mutton and order the chicken cutlet for your gal gal.

foodbin – The all time favourite, rice…haha

SimpleGirl – Another rice lover too…

Selba – It’s unusual to find this type of ice cream in Indian restaurant but the taste is very delicious.

soo sean – The brownies are quite similar to the normal ones but the combination with ice cream on a heated plate makes it very delightful.

March 24th, 2009 at 11:54 am

Nic (KHKL) – Sounds like a good idea…hope to see the review in your blog.

email2me – Try it, I think you will like their cuisines.

Little Inbox – Can check out their many other dishes that are not spicy yet very flavorful.

Eleen – I fully agree with you on this …not many Indian restaurant have it but it was indeed a sweet and delicious ending for the meal.
The other outlet is in the same row as Ingolf.

March 24th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Sizzling brownie serve in an Indian cuisine restaurant? Guess they are trying to be innovative huh? :P

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March 24th, 2009 at 12:33 pm

I like Indian Food ,I even bought several Indian cookbooks ,but cook none of them ! Shame on me !

Your post make drool !

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March 24th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

I love kashmiri naan! And they looked delicious from the pictures. :) I can just imagine the wonderful feeling of combining sizzling hot and icy cold together in one mouthful. Yum! :)

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March 24th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Allie- We were surprised too but that dessert was yummy.

Bakeling – That usually happens. I too used to buy many and it always end up in the book shelf. Maybe should start a blog sharing recipes and cooking ideas.

Iamthewitch – Do go and try out the food and reserve a place for dessert.

March 24th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Whoa, now I know, you all went in a group! haha…and I came from Steven Goh’s blog thinking that he ordered that much food:)
Thanks to all of you for sharing, it’s really a very interesting place and I am starting to feel attracted to Indian food too;)

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March 24th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

wah, you are fast also. I think I need to learn from you each of the dishes put 1 photo can dee. Else take up too many bandwidth. Btw, I love the Lady Finger Pepper Fry. I am going back for that again.

Christy, you can join us for the review one. As long as u get active with blogging and tag with us more often. :p

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March 24th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

The bitter gourd and lady fingers is a must have for snacks. they have taken it to a new level but sigh.. got to pay!

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March 24th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Amazing! I remember going to the very basic outlet in Tg Bungah when they just opened back in 2005, and they only served banana leaf rice. Good to see they’ve survived, and upgraded themselves!

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March 24th, 2009 at 6:33 pm

aiyo, ur pics made me drool lah ….

hearty Indian fare, with reasonable prices to boot. sizzling brownie … crispy bitter gourd chips. =P

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March 24th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Your favourite mutton dish turned out to be my fear of the night. :)

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March 24th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

the food looks spectacular, can you see the magic dessert! wow! what an ideal!
my favourite . . . . bitter gourd chips!

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March 24th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

i regard this as premium indian cuisine…
i like the tea!

March 24th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Wish I can get this quality and geniune cooking and it is also expensive for what we get here.
So have to make my own if I feel like a curry ! I love Tomato Rasam, is that on the menu ?
Good pics again. Well done

March 25th, 2009 at 1:33 am

Thx for the rec. I’ve been looking for a Northern Indian restaurant in Pg cos I havent tried their cuisine b4. :)

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March 25th, 2009 at 4:38 am

wow… look like very nice….

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March 25th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

That was really a feast to me as a little bit of everything really filled me up to the max. :P The mutton was my favorite too. :)


March 26th, 2009 at 4:52 am

I think I have been there before…ages ago :P Their mutton curry was good :)

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March 26th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Christy – Do let us know the days when you are back in pg. We can arrange an outing together.

StevenaGoh.com – All of us know you love the lady finger dish…need a 3rd helping? :)

Chin – No worries, can arrange for a visit with you when you are up in pg.

550ml jar of faith – Another place for you on your next trip.

Drooling Motormouth – The food was very tasty.

March 26th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Cariso – The mutton is so flavorful, maybe give it another try next time…you might like it.

Bigboysoven – Looks like the famous bakers also like bitter gourd chips!

desmond-t – Do try it out with your friends.

Sonny – It’s very convenient for us as everything is so nearby. As for the other dish, I am not too sure but would check it out on my next visit.

kyh – You are most welcome.

JamieDawnRose – Do try out the food, plenty to choose from.

Criz Lai – Both of us gave the thumbs-up for the mutton curry…

Jian – It is indeed tasty. Looks like they maintained their standard all this while.

March 26th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

nice comprehensive write up.. I gotta visit more Indian eateries already..

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March 26th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

lovely photos! thumbs up.
can I “pai lei wai see”? hehehe
great to meet up with you there!

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March 26th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Ooh. 2nd round of Indian goodness! I have been having a real craving for that recently and your photos are simply GORGEOUS, I swear.

I can practically taste the dishes… ;)

March 26th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

the picture make me drool ..looks so delicious..

March 26th, 2009 at 11:26 pm
One Big Mouth

Like the look of the bitter gourd chips .. yummy. I have turned into a bitter gourd nut; bitter guord omelette, bitter guord with XO sauce dry fried beef hor fun, bitter gourd pork ribs soup, bitter gourd in scrambled eggs …..

March 27th, 2009 at 12:47 am

vkeong – Thanks for your compliment :)

buzzingbee – It was indeed nice seeing you again. It was so much fun.
As for the photos, I learn it gradually through the advice and pointers from everyone.

Life for Beginners – I bet there are more variety in kl. Hope to see your review soon. And thanks for your compliment.

meihuey – Glad you like it.

One Big Mouth – Not many people accept the taste of the bitter gourd, and you are one that like it cooked in all ways…it’s good.

March 27th, 2009 at 9:46 am

Food at Karaikudi was good but rather expensive. They charge papadum by the piece after the free 1st round. The restaurant is not a high end Indian restaurant but I would rather say mid-end restaurant. Probably because they thought they were located at high end place (hillside) Tanjong Bungah area so everything is chargeable.

March 31st, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Yoelyn – I think you are mistaken. Karaikudi is in market street (or Queen Street) not in Tanjung Bungah as you mentioned.

April 10th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Is this restaurant in India?

March 17th, 2010 at 5:36 am

its a wonderful restaurant i worked there its all sweet memories…

December 17th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

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