Seelz, Director at The Grand Gem Indian restaurant invited me to taste their special Valentine Day set.
This was my second visit to The Grand Gem in JB. I had a great first visit soon after their opening in Johor Bahru last year. The Grand Gem has five outlets in Malaysia and this one in Johor Bahru is their biggest and finest.
The jewel in the Grand Gem Indian fine dining chain.
The Grand Gem is an Indian fine dining restaurant specialising in Indian cuisine from all over India. It is located at the lobby of Grand Bluewave Hotel along Jalan Meldrum in Johor Bahru.
The Grand Gem is offering two Valentine Day sets - "Temptations" at RM123 per couple and "Love Potion" at RM143 per couple.
I tasted a mix of items from both sets.
The Shahi Paneer which is a North Indian dish of cottage cheese in rich cashew gravy.
I love the creamy sweet cashew gravy smothering thin wedges of savoury soft spongy cottage cheese (paneer). I also enjoyed the aroma from the fragrant spices in the gravy. I ate lots of this paneer and thick gravy with the breads.
The Mutton Rogan Josh is one of The Grand Gem's signature dishes - a mainstay of Kashmiri cuisine. The gravy, grainy with spices was dense with aromatic spice perfume. It was also oily from the rich mutton.
Underneath the intensely flavoured gravy were cubes of tender chewy lamb saturated with spices.
I love this Honey Gobi which is battered cauliflower deep fried and drenched in a sweet, savoury sauce with spicy hints.
I love the crunchy and succulent but bland cauliflower spiced up with the flavoursome fried batter.
Broccoli and mushrooms - healthful and crunchy.
Love this Chicken Sheekh Kebab or marinated chicken grilled on skewers.
The saffron coloured chunks of white chicken meat had charred bits outside, and inside, it was sweet and juicy. The tender fragrant spice perfumed meat felt smoky and creamy. Lovely.
A rose for your date.
The garlic naan thin, crackly, crispy with bits of pungent garlic.
Roomali roti soft and fluffy like a white cotton handkerchief
Rounding off the Valentine Day set on a sweet note - Kulfi or traditional Indian milk ice cream flavoured with bits of nuts and cardamom from Kolkata.
Asst Manager Shivakumar
The Valentine Day set includes a glass of wine for each person to celebrate and toast the special day.
If you or your date loves Indian cuisine, Grand Gem Indian fine dining would be a good option for your Valentine Day celebration.
To make your reservation, call
Restaurant name: The Grand GEM (at Grand BlueWave Hotel)
Address: Jalan Bukit Meldrum, Johor Bahru
Hours: 11:00am to 11:00pm
No pork, no lard
Date visited: 8 Jul 2013, 6 Feb 2013