* This article was also published in the New Straits Times (Life & Times) on 12th April 2010.

Gem Restaurant with a great corner location of Bishop Street and King Street in Penang is a newly opened restaurant that offers North and South Indian cuisines. This three month old restaurant with modern fusion of contemporary and traditional decor serves a diverse array of food, from heavenly spicy and fiery dishes to creamy delights.

Besides Penang, they do have seven restaurants in India, two in Kuala Lumpur and one in Selangor.

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Decor with silken curtains

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Delicious spread of curries

The meal organized by P. Krishnan started with the wonderful serving of chilled Lassi. Both the plain and the sweet Lassi was creamy, more of a lighter milkshake. It was followed by his recommendation of food with a combination of authentic and signature dishes.

There were plenty of food to go around and the first was the fried mixed vegetable Pakora. The vegetables coated in a batter with gram flour were deep fried with a wonderful flavor. This crispy and slightly spicy bite-sized snack tasted great with the traditional mint dipping sauce.

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Mixed vegetable Pakora RM4.90

The soothing Nandu Rasam had a pleasant aroma flavor and was done with a strong hint of pepper. The bowl of soup was fresh and comes with fresh pieces of crab, suitable taken with plain rice or just as a soup. I am still thinking about it to this day, the taste still lingers on!

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Nandu Rasam RM7.90

There were various kebabs to be tasted. We were recommended with one of each variety – mutton and chicken. The Mutton Sheekh Kebab (local mutton) was a lovely recommendation. The fresh minced mutton was marinated in aromatic saffron & spices and grilled in the ‘”Tandoor”. The meat was pungent with spices, with a fiery kick and I enjoyed several pieces of it.

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Mutton Sheekh Kebab RM24.90

The Murgh Badami Kebab with six pieces of boneless chicken marinated in spices came beautifully arranged on the plate surrounded with cucumber and tomatoes. The meat was cooked just right, retaining its juiciness!

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Murgh Badami Kebab RM14.90

Hyderabad Chicken – The chicken pieces were cooked in a rich and spicy dark sauce, which is an excellent complement with rice. It really had my appetite going!

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Hyderabad Chicken RM 13.90

Besides the meaty dishes, we had the Dragon Prawns which is one of Gem’s Special. Best part is that there is no need in removing the shells. The battered prawns are cooked in a thick sauce with the chef’s own recipe. The acidity of the tomatoes and the sweetness of the onions make a good combination, rendering it with a Chinese style flavor.

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Dragon Prawns RM24.90

Palak Butter Masala RM 10.90 – This mildly flavored dish has pieces of homemade cheese in a smooth creamy curry with lots of spices. It is a delicious combo with Naan.

Fish Moilee Kerala Style RM 15.90 – Pieces of fish cooked with freshly ground masala in a creamy curry which is delicious to eat with rice.

Mutton Vindaloo RM 22 – The pieces of local Mutton was cooked till tender with a variety of spices served with a fiery hot vindaloo curry. The deeply flavored meat eaten with Naan was one of the greatest bites.

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All the curries go well with either rice or Naan. The Pulao Rice and the basket of mixed Naan were excellent bites. The beautiful long grain Basmati rice was cooked till fluffy with onions & capsicums with a wonderful seasoning.

All the Naans are cooked fresh on the spot in the tandoor and was served pipping hot. I liked the variety of bread, light and flaky.

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Pulao Rice RM6.90

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Mixed Naan

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22 comments so far


Wow, the food looks fantastic! I am salivating.

March 30th, 2010 at 2:47 am

Indeed, a GEM of a restaurant, though the interior looked mighty psychedelic to be comfortable, in my opinion.

Still, nothing beats a great North Indian spread.

March 30th, 2010 at 8:06 am

ohhh i’m craving for the palak butter masala and the kulfi!! :)

March 30th, 2010 at 8:41 am

The pictures is really nice and tempting! I tried it b4, the environment is cosy and grand.. however, the portion is really small.

March 30th, 2010 at 8:56 am

Is the food spiciness mild/average/strong in general? What are the dishes which are less spicy, if it has?

March 30th, 2010 at 9:50 am

I think they have a branch in Bangsar KL which I visited before. Nice authentic Indian food they have =)

March 30th, 2010 at 9:52 am

very detail post… :)

March 30th, 2010 at 10:30 am

very refined looking dishes!

March 30th, 2010 at 11:29 am

Really very gem-like, the dishes were all so tantalizing!! The prices were quite reasonable too…I am not sure whether I can stomach the spices =P

March 30th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Very classy place and I bet the warm fluffy naan was GOOD!

March 30th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Indian desserts always too sweet hor…

March 30th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

ahhh..no wonder my bro say its a nice place`

March 30th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Nice Indian restaurant and nice foods too!

March 30th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

wonder whether is the same Gem restaurant in kl

March 30th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

whao, the Nandu Rasam really look nice!!!

March 31st, 2010 at 10:19 am

Wah nice spread here ….. Indian food is my fav!

March 31st, 2010 at 10:32 am

truly a Gem! amazed by the dedication of the owner!

March 31st, 2010 at 11:27 am

i just tried the food in gem’s, i think its the best indian food i have eaten in penang…furthermore the service there is also very good. the restaurant was packed with people, n looking at it the everybody was enjoying the food. i tried the kulfi, it was amazing, the best kulfi i have tried, i tried the tandoori it was fresh too.

April 3rd, 2010 at 3:23 pm

cariso – Try the Fish Moliee & the Palak Butter Masala which are two very mild curries.

uLi & Simple Girl – They do have outlets in KL and Selangor.

April 7th, 2010 at 12:26 am

whao, the Nandu Rasam really look nice

April 9th, 2010 at 12:20 am

Tried out the restaurant last Sunday and can’t wait to head back for more different dishes :)

September 25th, 2013 at 12:20 am
Pal Singh

Hi,is the food halal?

September 25th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

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