Cholas by WTF: A Vegetarian Degustation

Entrance | Cholas By WTF | Food For Thought

Located on the second floor of Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur sits Cholas by WTF, a fine dining vegetarian restaurant. For the avid vegetarian, it is always quite difficult to find a place that delivers both on flavour as well as dietary needs without compromising quality, enters Cholas.

Cholas by WTF: Indian Fine Vegetarian Cuisine

Cholas was a fine Indian cuisine restaurant located within Sheraton Imperial which was acquired by the WTF group, What Tasty Food, for those wondering about the name. The group focuses on vegetarian cuisine, but does it in the right way, where it doesn’t feel outdated and bland. Instead, each course takes you on an Indian subcontinent journey with inspirations from its neighbours including Burma and Nepal.

Samusu Soup | Cholas By WTF | Food For Thought

Samusu Soup

Burma, a sour, crunchy, tangy and spicy soup with peas filled dumpling
The Samusu is a Burmese soup, that is mildly spicy, with a pronounced sourness. A unique entry to the degustation.

Vodka Pani Puri | Cholas By WTF | Food For Thought

Vodka Pani Puri

Puris filled with boondi served with a good shot of vodka pani puri
A simple tipple of a dish, the famous street snack morsel is filled to the brim with boondi, a mix of crunchy spiced bits in a pani puri, which is then doused with a shot of vodka. This little bite packs quite the punch, which is also available without alcohol.

Feta Bean Salad | Cholas By WTF | Food For Thought

Feta Bean Salad

Lettuce, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, olives, cucumbers served with a secret seasoning in a cornmeal crispy cup.
This dish is inspired by Mediterranean flavours, and is essentially a salad served in an Indian spiced cornmeal cup, meshing both flavours.

Gulati Kebab | Cholas By WTF | Food For Thought

Gulati Kebab

Beetroot and potato patties cooked to a crispy crunch served with gorgeous beetroot yoghurt dip
A simple yet effective bite, the beetroot and potato patty kebab has a nice crunch and spicer than expected.

Tandoori Momos | Cholas By WTF | Food For Thought

Tandoori Momos

Momos marinated with tandoori masala, baked in the tandoor for a twist of flavours served in a vermicelli nest
One of the more unique dishes on the menu, the Nepalese momos are first steamed and the cooked in a tandoor, giving it a soft texture on the inside while the outside is firm and taut. Definitely one of the better dishes on the menu, which is also available a la carte.

Cheese Fondue | Cholas By WTF | Food For Thought

Cheese Fondue

Homemade white cheese sauce, served with masala bread, carrots, and lavash – WTF style
One for the cheese fonfue fans, the simple dish is served with a selection of breads and roasted carrots, giving diners a hands-on experience.

Ravioli De Tarka | Cholas By WTF | Food For Thought

Ravioli De Tarka

Spinach and broccoli stuffed ravioli topped with dairy free sauce with an Indian tarka
The ravioli was quite special in the sense that you do not realise that this is a vegetarian dish, where the sauce is dairy free. An amazing little dish, the spinach and broccoli ravioli is upped with an Indian tarka, a method of tempering the spices. This dish is also available on the a la carte menu.

Jackfruit Biryani | Cholas By WTF | Food For Thought

Jackfruit Biryani

Raw jackfruit marinated and cooked with spices on a bed of flavoured rice
A very earthy course, the raw marinated jackfruit preserves the texture of meat, but is beautifully cooked with the rice. Another one of their stunning dishes, this entry is definitely one for the books.

Peanut Brittle | Cholas By WTF | Food For Thought

Peanut Brittle

Homemade ice cream flavoured with cardamom, saffron & spices for a twist of flavour, topped with peanut brittle
A secret flavour that is well known to many, the surprise of an ice cream is mild in flavour but is excessively decorated with bits of peanut brittle, adding a certain texture of sweet and spiced bits of crunch.

Paan Chocolate | Cholas By WTF | Food For Thought

Paan Chocolate

Paan truffles with Gulkhand centres
An interesting take on the Indian classic street food, the paan here is coated in chocolate which makes it one of the most inventive versions you will find in Kuala Lumpur.

Cholas By WTF Experience

Cholas is one of the few restaurants that have managed to serve an actually good vegetarian degustation which is quite rare by many standards. You don’t feel like you’re missing out on meat at all with its myriad of flavours and elevated dishes. We highly recommend you try the dishes out for yourself which are also available on the menu, or if you prefer a tasting menu, the degustation is the way to go.

Cholas by WTF
2nd Floor, Sheraton Imperial Hotel,
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50300 Kuala Lumpur
+6012 783 5070
Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday, 11.30 am to 11.00 pm
Closed Mondays


Nicholas Ng

Nicholas Ng is a restaurant critic and drinks writer and is the editor of independent publication Food For Thought. He has been a freelance journalist for the 15 years and has previously worked as a lawyer and in digital marketing. He currently is the Principal Consultant of A Thought Full Consultancy, a food and beverage marketing consultancy.

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