Kaara Saaram Claypot is a highly esteemed Indian restaurant in Malaysia, celebrated for its distinctive offerings, including an array of claypot rice dishes, nasi lemak goreng, thiruvizha saapadu, and many other delectable creations. Recently, the restaurant proudly inaugurated its 15th branch in Penang, marking a significant milestone as the first Indian restaurant in Malaysia to introduce a drive-thru facility. This noteworthy achievement has earned Kaara Saaram Claypot a well-deserved place in the prestigious Malaysian Book of Records, solidifying its status as the ‘First Indian Drive-Thru Restaurant’ in the country.
This restaurant has become a favorite among many due to its delectable and mouthwatering dishes, prompting its expansion to the 15th branch. Kaara Saaram restaurants consistently draw large crowds, with almost every location running at full capacity. Notable and bustling branches of Kaara Saaram can be found in Brickfields, Kajang, Puchong, Seremban, Klang Bandar Botanic, Klang Jalan Istana, Bangsar, and Ipoh. The recent opening of their Penang branch, featuring a drive-thru facility and the subsequent recognition in the Malaysian Book of Records, has captured the attention of many.
Mr Jagan Kumar, the Chief Manager of ‘Kaara Saaram Claypot says “There are many systems incorporated in the function of drive thru facility. It was quite challenging for us to fix this system accordingly, ensure it operates well and get used to it. But somehow, we managed to get this done and open the branch with a complete drive thru facility. Initially we didn’t have the thought that we would receive a book of record for this and we did not embark on this initiative aiming to get a record. We just did our part to enhance our restaurant with more facilities and convenience to satisfy our customers. Eventually, we were eligible to receive a Malaysian Book Of Records for being the first Indian restaurant to have drive thru facility in Malaysia.
The Kaara Saaram drive-thru restaurant has garnered a warm reception among the public. Guided by the founder, Mr. N. Sreedharan, Kaara Saaram Claypot restaurant anticipates expanding to 25 branches nationwide by the end of next year. Furthermore, they are poised to venture into Sabah and Sarawak, expanding their presence beyond peninsular Malaysia. In a strategic move, Kaara Saaram Claypot is gearing up for international expansion, with plans to establish branches in countries like India, Australia, and Dubai. This signifies their global ambitions and the recognition of their brand on an international scale.
“Originally, claypot rice was a Chinese culinary tradition. However, when Indians introduced this trend to revisit our cultural roots, where claypots were traditionally used, it gained popularity. Many individuals embraced the concept of preparing claypot rice, creating a competitive landscape. Establishing a unique identity and sustaining amidst this competition posed a challenge. Our commitment to meticulous customer service and maintaining high-quality food became our primary focus. This dedication played a pivotal role in attracting customers, fostering their loyalty, and encouraging them to revisit our restaurant,” says the manager, Mr Thinakaran Periannan.
The transformation of ‘Kaara Saaram Claypot’ represents a groundbreaking milestone for the Malaysian Indian community. Beyond being the initial foray of an Indian restaurant, it stands as a symbol of pride, illustrating that the community is not only keeping pace with new ventures and innovations but is also capable of reaching new heights in the business landscape. This success story is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit and resilience within the Malaysian Indian community, emphasizing their ability to excel and contribute to the diverse tapestry of the country’s culinary scene and business sector. As ‘Kaara Saaram Claypot’ paves the way for further expansion and international ventures, it becomes a beacon of inspiration, showcasing the potential for growth and success within the community.
Source: RTM TV Tamil Seithi