Nadodi evokes surprise…discovery…creativity…a fresh perspective on modern gastronomy.

The Nadodi cuisine is a fusion of flavors influences by 3 main regions – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Sri Lanka.But Nadodi is not your ordinary Indian or Sri Lankan style restaurant. Nadodi takes Indian and Sri Lankan flavors to a whole new level.

Combining gastronomical experimentation with a flare for thinking outside the box, dare I say that Nadodi has been one of the most interesting dining experiences that I have had.

Degustation Menu Dining at Nadodi Kuala Lumpur - Hello Raya Blog

Degustation Menu Dining at Nadodi Kuala Lumpur - Hello Raya Blog
Out of the Shell – a delicious combination of fresh Hokkaido Scallops topped with a coriander foam

I absolutely love degustation menus, because they tell a story. And wow does Nadodi ever tell a story. From start to finish, every dish and every paired drink took us on an exploratory and sensorial journey from Tamil Nadu to Kerala and crossing borders into Sri Lanka.

The Dining Experience at Nadodi

We arrived to Nadodi – conveniently situated in down town Kuala Lumpur, just a stone’s throw away from KLCC. The entry is a bit sheltered, but not in a speakeasy kind of way. Just plug “Nadodi” into your GPS and it should take you to the right spot.

Upon arriving, we take the elevator to the first floor which is where Nadodi is. We were instantly greeted by the team and taken to our table to begin this very engaging dining experience.

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There are 3 menus to choose from – an 11 course menu, a 13 course menu and an epic 15 course menu. As a table everyone has to decide on the same menu and so we decided on the 13 course menu – named the “13-mile journey”. The 13 course and 15 course menu had the option of selecting either a wine pairing or cocktail pairing. I opted for the cocktail pairing, because after all, I wanted to see just how creative these guys can get. Wow, it was next level.

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Degustation Menu Dining at Nadodi Kuala Lumpur - Hello Raya Blog
This is literally how creative the Nadodi team is – this is one of the cocktails…and it was delicious. Tasted like a margarita.

Dining at Nadodi has been an experience that I still struggle to describe because it was so interesting. Every course, I couldn’t wait to see what would come out – to see how it would be plated, to see what it would taste like, and what it could even possibly be.

The menu was vague, but enough to tickle those taste buds. Only key words made up the description so that right side of the brain was working hard to creatively think up what each menu item could possibly be. But no matter what we could have ever guess the next dish to be, the Nadodi team managed to continually surprise us every step of the way.

While I can go through in detail describing each meal – to be honest I won’t be doing this meal any justice. So instead, I will share highlights of our journey at Nadodi. Oh and don’t worry about the small portion sizes – trust me by the end of the journey, you will be full.

Degustation Menu Dining at Nadodi Kuala Lumpur - Hello Raya Blog
Red Kari – A beetroot curry using dehydrated beet root and peanuts…and oh how pretty it looks on the plate.
Degustation Menu Dining at Nadodi Kuala Lumpur - Hello Raya Blog
This was one of my favorite cocktails – a Pani Puri inspired cocktail that uses vodka as its base. It totally packs a punch and was oh so delicious.
Degustation Menu Dining at Nadodi Kuala Lumpur - Hello Raya Blog
Tales of Musa
Everything from a banana tree has been cooked into this dish, along with edible charcoal.
Degustation Menu Dining at Nadodi Kuala Lumpur - Hello Raya Blog
A Cocktail with No Name-
This cocktail uses gin that has been infused with truffle for 48-hours.
Degustation Menu Dining at Nadodi Kuala Lumpur - Hello Raya Blog
The Malayali Trade served at the beginning is influenced from Southern India

The Verdict

Oh please yes, you must go! The Nadodi experience has taken my breath away and has left me with fond memories…and I want more.

Degustation Menu Dining at Nadodi Kuala Lumpur - Hello Raya Blog
Aiyooo – A pumpkin inspired cocktail that has been made using sous vide pumpkin and a curry leaf rim

There are currently 3 degustation menus to select from as follows (price correct as at August 2017):

  • The 11-course tasting menu costs RM 380++ (A$ 111) with wine pairing at RM 240++ (A$ 71).
  • The 13-course tasting menu costs RM 410++ (A$120) with cocktail pairing at RM 280++ (A$ 82) or wine pairing at RM 260++ (A$76).
  • The 15-course tasting menu costs RM 440++ (A$130) with cocktail pairing at RM 280++ (A$82).
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While this dining experience is priced on the higher side, the sensorial nomadic food exploration that you will experience is amazing. At the moment, they are just open for dinner and are open Mondays to Saturdays. Reservations are highly recommended.

To Visit

Lot 183, 1st Floor,

Jalan Mayang,

Off Jalan Yap Kwan Seng

50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

For reservations call +603 2181 4334

No compensation was received for this review, this experience was independently paid for. All opinions remains my own.

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15 comments on “A Nomadic Gastronomy Experience at Nadodi in Kuala Lumpur”

  1. Nadodi restaurant looks incredible, really the food there is a work of art! I don’t know which of the dishes I prefer out of all of them, it’s a tough choice! So unusual to see the cocktails served like gelato, I would never think to drink it!

  2. Nadodi Restaurant looks absolutely incredible, and it’s somewhere I’d definitely try. I honestly don’t know which of the dishes are my favourite, but as I love seafood, I’ll go for the scallops. So unusual to see cocktails that look more like gelato or pastry! I’d be more inclined to use a spoon than drink it!

  3. Nadodi cuisine sounds very eclectic. I’ve never heard of that combination before! That being said, the courses look very modern and creative. I’m sure the gastronomic experience is well worth the money.

  4. This is the best example of modernist cuisine I’ve seen to date. The way the food is presented is so interesting. I am a foodie at heart so I will keep an eye out for this when I make my way back to KL!

  5. Wow a new cuisine type which is a fusion of Sri lankan, Tamil Nadu and Kerala looks delicious with combination of flavors. Pumpkin inspired cocktail with a flavor of curry leaf is so unique and lovely drink. Pani Puri with a twist and Tales of Musa are really so innovative and I would like to have them. Will refer this restaurant to my Malaysian friends.

  6. I’m obsessed with chef shows on TV but have yet to experience gastronomy in person. Your photos make Nadodi cuisine look amazing! I’d love to try the scallops, especially!

  7. I thought have seen it all with the world’s cuisine but here I am with Nadodi Restaurant spitting back ‘you’ve got to visit me, I have the best you are yet to see.’ Everything about the Nadodi Restaurant is just amazing, I can’t find a word for it but I know it’s a must visit whenever I find myself on the roads of Malaysia.

  8. I’ve never heard of this kind of fusion restaurant before and I was thoroughly impressed with how beautiful the establishment is, the courses, and the food. I can honestly say they are food artists because i’ve never seen food so intricately designed. If I’m ever in Malaysia again, count on me going here!

  9. Hats off to the presentation. Right form the colours, style and platters used, everything seems perfect. I love the way the cocktail and bisque on the shell has been styled. Cheers!!

  10. Hats off to the presentation. Right form the colours, style and platters used, everything seems perfect. I love the way the cocktail and bisque on the shell has been styled. Cheers!!

  11. I was in KL for a month in July and totally wish I went to this amazing restaurant. The food looks incredible and whole experience sounds amazing. Great pictures too!
    Kristie – you.theworld.wandering

  12. OMG this place looks luxury. The food looks super delicious. I am definitely gonna share this with my sister who lives in Malaysia.

  13. Dining at the Nadodi looks like a very unique experience. I liked the idea of the cocktail that tasted like a Margarita, my favourite! The interior of the restaurant looks well designed too, definitely worth a visit!

  14. I had been to Malaysia several times before and love the food there. So much variety. I wish I had known about Nadodi restaurant then I could have visited it last month itself. The restaurant looks incredible and the food is so drool-worthy. It is truly a work of art!

  15. This is definitely a bit pricey for one meal, but it definitely sounds like Nadodi is not only a meal, but an experience. My inner foodie is giddy to try this. I love the look of the plates and the fun cocktails. Definitely something worth trying.

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