Madras New Woodlands Vegetarian Restaurant

One of Malaysiabest’s reader recommended this place and I finally got to try it out last night. Thank you, Soleili for the wonderful tip!


My toddler has this tutti-frutti icecream which he used to dip the naan. 🙂 The other foods were too spicy for him.


The restaurant is air-conditioned with very dim light. I am pleasantly surprised that eventhough it is air-conditioned, I didn’t get out of it, smelling like a packet of spices. When we reached there, it was almost deserted but customers started pouring in later. By the time we finished eating, there were no more empty table available. A testament of their popularity.

We ordered several things but unfortunately, I can’t get any good pictures due to the dim light. The above is a plate of their daily special. It is called Bangalore Bondar (something) which is some cutlet. It comes with two types of coconut sambal and a little bowl of dhall. Very yummy because the thing is freshly fried and the coconut is the best I have tasted. I wipe the whole plate clean!


This is the friendly owner at the cashier counter. The menu has all Indian names and therefore, it was a bit of problem for us to know what to order. They recommended to us the followings:

1) Paneer Butter Masala – a really yummy mixture of gravy with cheese cubes

2) Cauliflower and potato something which has gravy like kurma

3) Fried mushroom

All of them are delicious with the garlic naan and fried rice we ordered.


I am happy to find this aniseed and sugar cubes here. Usually, most restaurants don’t provide them except the more expensive North Indian restaurants. It is really a pleasant way to end an Indian food meal by chewing on the aniseeds and sugar. They remove all spicy taste from your taste buds. I asked the owner where he got them and he told me these are imported from India. No wonder I can’t seem to find any in the Indian shops that I had been too.


Their mango lassi is heavenly and I also ordered one gulab jamoon. Prices are very economical, ranging from RM1+ to RM3 for a dish. The total bill came up to only RM30. I also bought one betel nut package which I manage to chew only halfway. I had to spit it out after my son kept insisting that I smell like Selsun anti-dandruff shampoo and another one said it smells like the dentist clinic. Hahaha, so much for being adventurous.

Of course, don’t leave the shop without picking up a few pieces of Indian sweets to take home. The restaurant has a wide range of them.

Check this place out if you want healthy vegetarian foods that satisfy your cravings for ‘real food’. With foods like these, I can be a vegetarian forever!

Madras New Woodlands Vegetarian Restaurant
No. 60, Penang Street, 10200 Penang
Tel : 04-263 9764
Open daily from 8.30 am to 10.00 pm

Post Author: Lilian

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10 thoughts on “Madras New Woodlands Vegetarian Restaurant


    (March 24, 2006 - 7:33 pm)

    hehehe… i’m glad u enjoyed that place coz i sure do! no prob, sis 🙂 i just found out that they have the meanest badaam kheer.. real yummy blend of almond bits and fresh milk! mmmmmmm….and LOL. that cashier guy is ever so friendly.. heehehe


    (March 24, 2006 - 10:27 pm)

    The daily special dish and those sweets look yummy! *drool*


    (March 25, 2006 - 3:58 am)

    The name sounds familiar – maybe they have a branch in KL? I have seen the aniseed in Kanna Curry House here but not the sugar cubes.


    (March 25, 2006 - 12:46 pm)

    oh mine, make me want to fly home now just for these food…

    E K

    (March 27, 2006 - 9:28 am)

    Where that? near Cititel?


    (March 27, 2006 - 12:27 pm)

    EK – No, it is in Little India. Cititel is Penang ROAD, this one Penang Street.

    Blogie-talkie – Hahaha, I guess the first thing we missed when in foreign land is the food ya?

    boo – The aniseed seems different from the type we cook curries, it is sort of fatter. Nice taste.

    skyjuice – I had been craving to go back there and try more stuffs.

    soleilina – I must try that on the next trip.


    (March 28, 2006 - 8:51 pm)

    You should take a look at their toilets and kitchen before ordering anything; then decide if you want to eat there. They have a serious cockroach problem as well as an ineffective cleaning staff. If you don’t mind the lack of hygiene, the food isn’t too bad. They used to have ok samosas when I visited last. Anyway, the food’s ‘pure’ vegetarian, dirty but pure…

    E K

    (March 29, 2006 - 4:30 pm)

    Thanks at least I know it is in Little India, but can give me more land marks?


    (September 16, 2006 - 12:44 pm)

    i went to this restaurant last month. My US counterpart came and he wanted to go to this restaurant… According to him, this restaurant is very famous and he like the food very-very much..

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