Saturday, 20 June 2015
Spice Grill Puteri Harbour Johor Bahru JB JK1157
Combining traditional Indian cuisine and classic Western dishes, served in fine dining ambiance by the marina at Puteri Harbour in Johor Bahru.
Restaurant name: Spice Grill
Address: Ground Floor, Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
GPS: 1.417541, 103.656423
Hours: 12:00 noon to 10 pm (bar is open till 1:00 am daily)
Phone: +60 7-509 6644 / +60 19-745 7788
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert, alcohol served
Johor Kaki was invited to a media tasting at Spice Grill in Puteri Harbour in Johor Bahru. (Spice Grill is brought to us by the same people who runs 7 Spice at Danga Bay which I visited nearly 4 years ago.)
Pushing past the heavy cast iron and glass doors, we found ourselves in the company of inspiring global personalities in black and white at the reception foyer.
The touch of class is apparent once we stepped into the cavernous, beautifully designed fine dining restaurant.
There are very well appointed VIP private rooms. Phone: +60 7-509 6644 / +60 19-745 7788 to reserve.
The spacious balcony overlooks the marina at Puteri Harbour. We can enjoy our food, drinks and smokes while ogling at the pretty boats and catching the sea breeze.
We chose to sit at the casual open section by the full length windows because I needed the flood of natural light for food photography :-p
Spice Grill's extensive menu serves an innovative combination of Western and traditional Indian cuisine. We had the best of both worlds :-D
First up was Mushroom Soup with Truffle Oil (RM16++).
Rich creamy softly grainy mildly savoury sweet soup made with a blend of several types of mushrooms.
For tapas, we had Crab Meat with Indian Herbs (RM20++) and Queen Hokkaido Scallop (RM30++).
Tandoori Grilled Chicken or Murgh Sahajani Reshmi Kebab (RM19++).
Spice Grill's tandoori chicken was delightful. The blend of cashew nut, coconut and spice marination gave the chicken a rich sweet nutty flavour. Yet, it was sufficiently mild to allow me to enjoy the chunky tender juicy chicken's natural flavours.
I knew that I had to pace myself at tastings but I couldn't help myself from taking a second piece of tandoori chicken :-D
Oh My Cod (RM69++)
Large chunk of juicy tender flaky white flesh baked in Chef's special sauce.
Spice Grill Special Black Chicken (RM15++).
Despite it's rather intense black colour, the sauce smothering the tender chicken cubes was well balanced and only mildly savoury sweet spicy.
Wagyu Ribeye with three sauces (seasonal pricing).
Tender beefy Grade 7 Wagyu medium doneness.
Mixed Vegetables with Homemade Sauce (RM15).
Again, the intensely fiery looking sauce was just mildly savoury sweet spicy so that we could still taste the natural flavours of the crunchy juicy vegetables like onions, capsicum, carrots, broccoli and more.
Spice Grill's "Thrill from the Grill" Prawn is served with various sauces - this is Spicy Spinach Sauce.
The chefs at Spice Gill pay a lot of attention to the many varieties of house made sauces. There are too many variations to describe in detail - all I can say is that they all taste great and I recommend that you try them for yourself ;-D
Grilled large tiger prawn and here served with Spice Grill's house blended special sauce.
The bouncy flesh of the large fresh tiger prawns tasted of the ocean and distinctive crustacean savouriness. The tiger prawns are sold at 100 grams for RM30++.
Duck Confit with Magic Sauce (RM38++).
Tender and juicy duck leg in a delightful refreshing sweet subtly tart zesty sauce.
Traditional Murgh Mathi Malai (RM16++).
Tender cubed chicken in a white gravy with herbs and fenugreek.
Traditional Lamb Mappas RM25++.
Kerala style mutton curry cooked with spices and coconut milk.
I love the two curries.
Gosht Vindaloo RM25++
Mutton, onion and potato sauteed in a thick home made sauce of blended hot spices.
Steamed Basmati Rice RM9++
Premium quality, non starchy long grains cooked with saffron, ghee and a sprinkle of cashew nuts. The aromatic light tasting rice is the perfect accompaniment for the full flavoured curries, meat and vegetable dishes.
We rounded up our sumptuous and scrumptious meal with classic Indian and Western desserts.
We indulged in my favourite traditional Indian dessert - the ultra sweet “Gulab Jamun” which is soft deep fried milk ball saturated with rose and cardamom syrup. At Spice Grill, the warm Gulab Jamun is served with a scoop of vanilla gelato.
Finally, we ended our 3-hour session with the Classic French Opera. Strangely, I somehow found stomach space for a few hearty bites of the delicious layered flavours of this caramel, coffee, chocolate cake.
The myth about the "dessert stomach" may be true.
At Spice Grill, we can enjoy delicious food in a highly distinguished ambiance at a reasonable premium in pricing.
It's the place for special dates and occasions.
Disclosure: As this is an invited tasting, the food is not reviewed.
Date visited: 18 Jun 2015
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