Passage thru’ India

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When you come and stay with us in KL, we’ll take you to Passage thru’ India. I think it’s the best Indian restaurant I’ve ever been to. The food there is exquisite, the staff friendly, the atmosphere amazing, and the live band tasteful and at perfect volume. It’s Kelly’s dad’s favourite restaurant (of any type) in Kuala Lumpur. So I’m not alone.

I wanted to write this up as a review, but I don’t really have a lot of “review stuff” to write. I’ve ever taken any notes or photos of the place. All I know is the three or four times I’ve eaten at Passage thru’ India have been hassle-free, interesting, and fun experiences. Every time.

They provide delicious complimentary pappadums and mint sauce when you’re seated so you can take your time browsing the menu and ordering drinks. The staff are easily attractable and come around often enough to be useful but not annoying. They are knowledgeable about the menu and are happy to provide recommendations.

The prices are pretty good too, although local Malaysians may see it as overpriced. A meal for two including (non-alcoholic) drinks and left-overs to take home comes to around RM80 (AU$25).

The real reason for this post is wrap something around the next couple of paragraphs about the band that play at the restaurant. The band (or bands; I think they’ve had different ones) usually consists of three or four musicians: singer/ acoustic guitarist, tabla player, accordion player/keyboardist, and bassist.

The music played is soft and melodic, but it isn’t background music. It’s played at the perfect volume for a restaurant; you can tune out and maintain conversations with friends without raising your voice, or tune in and not have to strain to hear the music. It’s quite extraordinary, and welcome.

The music itself sounds like a cross between western acoustic and traditional Indian, but it has enough Indian influence to keep my mind interested and listening attentively. Last night’s tunes cast a picture in my mind of good friend Oliver Mann playing a Bollywood interpretation of his first two albums. The atmosphere it casts over the dining experience is sublime.

Here’s a quickly-recorded-with-my-iPhone example (870kb):

Passage thru’ India on Jalan Tun Razak. Recommended.