Friday, June 27, 2014

Seafood Gluttony @ Tip Top Ikan Bakar JB

Hubby had to go to a seminar in JB for 2 days and we decided to tag along cos we intended to go into Singapore during the weekend. At the back of my mind, I also wanted to explore the food joints in JB hehe.. so the first night I googled "seafood best di JB" and a lot of people seem to be recommending Tip Top Ikan Bakar @ Sungai Chat which is very near Thistle. So, with great excitement, we set off to Tip Top Ikan Bakar with a very vague idea of where it is. (For the sake of my readers, I will put a map of Tip Top Ikan Bakar at the end of this post :p )

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Chili Crabs @ Tip Top Ikan Bakar; JB

We came slightly before Maghrib since reviews state that seats are limited and they tend to fill up fast.The Ikan Bakar stall is the at the far end of the rows of shops (If you come from Jalan Sungai Chat and turn into Jalan Mohd Amin then it's the first stall just beside the cendol stall) 

We ordered chili crabs since it came recommended, butter prawns, garlic prawns (i think) and grilled sea bass, yup we pretty much gorged on seafood that night  >.<  

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Butter Prawns @ Tip Top Ikan Bakar @ JB

Chili crabs were fantastic, very close to Singapore chili crabs, I prefer the garlic prawns over the butter prawns but still both dishes were nice and the sea bass though not the crispy kind that I like was still yummy with the sambal over it. Nice nice nice! We were very satisfied that evening but was bursting our seams so we couldn't get to try the famous cendol plus our kids were cranky over the ants on the table and lizards walking up the pillars so we got to end it quick. 

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Garlic Prawns @ Tip Top Ikan Bakar; Johor

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Siakap Bakar @ Tip Top Ikan Bakar; Johor Baru

On the way to washing our hands near the seafood selection area, suddenly we noticed the Chinese lady boss busy calculating the day's earnings and another chinese lad greeted us if we would like to order (both were not there when we first ordered). We weren't aware that Tip Top Ikan Bakar is chinese owned though the cooks look like Malays, it's not that we minded it that much, it's just that when so many Malays recommended Tip Top Ikan Bakar as the best place for ikan bakar in JB, it would be nice to just say that "owner dia cina" so that its clear to all and people can decide to eat there based on preference. 

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Tip Top Ikan Bakar @ Jalan Sungai Chat; JB

Ok, so Tip Top Ikan Bakar is at Sungai Chat, from Jalan Skudai, turn left into Jalan Sungai Chat (you will see Medan Selera Sungai Chat at the side of the road (the one that sells Murtabak Singapore) take the first right and drive straight to Jalan Mohd Amin. Its a whole row of hawker stalls, you can't miss it.

Map of Tip Top Ikan Bakar:

Makan Tengahari di Tupai Tupai Kafe, KL

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Tupai-tupai Kafe @ Bukit Petaling, KL

Tupai-tupai kafe ni I rasa agak famous eh? Kalau tagline dia tu "Malaysia's best kept secret" tengok gambar buffet nasi campur wow menggoda.. tapi tak pernah ajak hubby pergi lagi.. sekali haritu hubby gi lunch on weekdays dengan ofis mate dia, balik dia tanyalah isteri dia ni yang memang hantu nasi campur.. U pernah dengar Tupai-tupai Kafe?" I cakap "pernah.." dia pun sambung "ah, tadi I makan sana dengan ofismate I.." "Yeke?..sedap tak?" I tanya hubby. "Biasa je.." jawab dia.. Oklah since hubby cakap biasa je.. kita pun tak insist ler dia bawak kita ke sana kan?

Sekali satu hari tu, hujung minggu, anak kedua nak gi zoo, sebelum tu semua lapar, matahari pun terik ler jugak dalam kul 1 tu kan.. so hubby cakap takpe kita gi makan kat Tupai-tupai Kafe.. hai berbunga2 hatiku ingat dapat makan nasi campur buffet :p sekali sampai dia kata "buffet hari weekday je bang.. hujung minggu takde.." oh. kecewa.. 

Tapi takpelah, nak buat camana kan? So kita order lah lauk pauk ala carte.

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Mee goreng @ Tupai-tupai Kafe, KL

Of course as always mee goreng tak pedas dan takde sayur untuk anak I yang pertama yang cerewet makan.. mee goreng ni kalau kita order tak nak pedas tak nak sayur, kalau jadi tukang masak tak tahu nak masak terus jadi tawar meleleh takde rasa.. kadangkala terus takde warna, hambar je... kat Tupai-tupai kafe, mee goreng warna dah ok, tapi rasa tetap kurang. Anak i tak habis makan..

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Pepahat @ Tupai-tupai Kafe, Kuala Lumpur

I order pepahat masak pedas since semenjak dapt pepahat masak pedas HM Sri Bagan tu.. macam tak boleh ku lupakan gitu.. hehehe namun alangkah sedihnya.. pepahat di Tupai-tupai Kafe sungguh tak sama standard.. walaupun pepahat dia lebih besar tapi kurang manis dan kuah dia tak se-kick kuah @ HM Sri Bagan :(

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Siakap @ Tupai-tupai Kafe, KL

Hubby nak makan ikan, so dia tanya apa masakan ikan special di Tupai-tupai Kafe? Pelayan tu jawab siakap kari merah (tak silap I lah) so kita pun order tu, pada I ok-ok je ikan ni, hubby pulak kata macam tak kena makan dengan nasi dan lauk-lauk lain yang kita order (dia ni memang jenis tak suka makan kari dengan nasi sebenarnya) lagi pun I rasa dia compare dengan Siakap Thai dry red curry @ Golden Triangle di Mont Kiara yang dah tutup tu.. ooh. yang tu sampai sekarang kita belum jumpa setandingnya :p tu yang dia hampa tu.. lain kali expectation jangan tinggi baru boleh makan enjoy jer.. betul tak? :p

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Broccoli sos tiram @ Tupai-tupai Kafe, KL

Untuk penggemar sayur seperti saya, saya order broccoli dan cendawan sos tiram, pertama kali makan lauk sayur sos tiram yang tidak begitu menyelerakan.. macam terlebi bawang putih ke terlebih sos tiram ke.. tak tahulah.. yang penting hidangan ni kena pangkah.

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Udang Goreng Nestum Telur Asin @ Tupai-tupai Kafe, KL

Lastly, the only dish yang kita dua rasa sedap.. adalah udang goreng nestum telur asin (ni kira dah jadi feveret dish kami sekarang kalau makan di luar, dah tak berapa pandang udang goreng butter haha asyik udang nestum telur asin jek..) oklah.. hidangan ni no complaints, not bad. Satu-satunya hidangan yang kitorang tak payah paksa diri untuk habiskan haha.. 

Overall, makan kat sini I rasa biasa je, tak sesuai ler dengan tagline "Malaysia's best kept secret" sebab banyak lagi tempat makan yang lebih sedap kat Malaysia ni.. so please kalau nak keep tagline tu, kena up sikit standard masakan di sini. 

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Tupai-tupai Kafe, KL

Tapi yang best pasal Tupai Tupai Kafe ni, tempat dia luas (Walaupun tak ber-aircon jadi kalau datang time 1 tghari macam kita tu bahang dia Ya Allah...) lepas tu kat entrance ada Iguana dalam cage, sambil2 mak bapaknye makan.. anak2 entertain lah diri masing2 tengok iguana tu makan carrot!

Iguana @ Tupai-tupai Kafe

Adakah I akan selalu datang ke sini? Hmm.. I tak rasalah.. mungkin kalau dah around the area dan tiada pilihan lain or kalau betul2 teringin nak cuba buffet nasi campur Tupai-tupai Kafe, tapi kalau gitu kena datang weekdays!

Tupai-tupai Kafe is at:

551A Jalan Bukit Petaling,
Off Jalan Istana, 50460 KL

Tel no: 03-21432525

FB Page:Restoran Tupai Tupai

Menurut FB Page Tupai-Tupai Kafe, ada 3 lagi cawangan Tupai-Tupai Kafe di Bangi, Ampang dan Shah Alam.

Bangi : Lot 1513-A, Kg Sg Tangkas, Bt 18, Jalan Bangi, Kajang, 43000 Selangor
Tel: 03-89222525

Shah Alam: No 2, Jalan Lompat Tinggi, 13/33 Seksyen 13, 40100 Shah Alam Selangor
Tel: 03-51262525

Ampang: No 1, Jalan Awf 1, Ampang Waterfront, 68000, Ampang, Selangor
Tel: 03- 4923333

Tengok Juga:

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Marhaba Restaurant, Publika
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Seafood @ HM Sri Bagan

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Seafood Dinner Sepang Gold Coast @ HM Sri Bagan, Bagan Lalang

This is another extremely overdue post since we actually ate here in February! Was quite hesitant to do a post on this because of the very bad photos but looking at the fact that I will not be going there again anytime soon.. I might as well write the post. 

the super slow traffic en-route to Bagan Lalang / Sepang Gold Coast

It was the weekend and hubby's friend was feeling generous to treat us to a seafood dinner, another friend staying near Kajang recommended HM Sri Bagan @ Bagan Lalang so off we go to Bagan Lalang. We opted to go earlier than the other two since the google maps shows the place to be quite far off. The road was particularly congested that day.. it was super slow with very little chance of overtaking other cars so we moved at a snail pace for about 40 minutes. 

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HM Sri Bagan @ Bagan Lalang

We reached Bagan Lalang slightly before 7pm took the left turn instead of the right so we ended up at Golden Palms resort instead haha. HM Sri Bagan is actually at the other end, so we made a U-turn and drove to the other end. 

When we arrived, the seating area overlooking the sea was already full so we had to sit at the side facing the trees. The kids entertained themselves trying to catch a glimpse of the monkeys. I told hubby to order something for the kids first since I'm pretty sure the other two families were going to be stucked in the jam as well and will take another 40 minutes to reach the restaurant, it would even be best if we can order for them so that the food will arrive faster and we won't have to wait long for dinner. Hubby okay-ed my first request but axed the second suggestion since it was the friend that was going to buy us dinner so we can't order first without him :p

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Chinese Fried Rice @ HM Sri Bagan @ Sepang Gold Coast / Bagan Lalang

Fried turmeric chicken @ HM Sri Bagan, Bagan Lalang

So, we ordered chinese fried rice and fried turmeric chicken for the kids. It came in 20 minutes and the taste was ok, average and no complaints :) As the kids were finishing up their meal, the other parties arrive and the men started for the counter to order. Estimated waiting time for order to be ready? 1 hour. (i think it's due to the big crowd and the small kitchen, personally I think that if you provide a big space for a big crowd, you should have a kitchen big enough to handle the crowd not expect the crowd to wait 1- 1 1/2 hour for their food). 

I wasn't particularly affected that evening since I had ensured my kids were already full :p but I do pity the other kids. Our food came at around 9pm since we ordered at around 8pm. But the food is worth the wait. Yummy! If it weren't because of the mains at the men's table I would have cleaned the plate haha! 

The dishes were:

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Pepahat Masak Pedas @ HM Sri Bagan, Bagan Lalang

Pepahat masak pedas - spicy bamboo snails, this dish was my firm favorite that evening, it was my first time eating bamboo snails, I normally refrain from eating snails as they are a tad slimy but these bamboo snails were not slimy at all, in fact they tasted a bit like lala or mussels except thinner and the spicy sauce was divine! not too spicy and not too sweet. 

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Butter Fried Prawns @ HM Sri Bagan, Bagan Lalang / Sepang Gold Coast

Udang goreng butter, crispy fried butter prawns were also delicious, the skin is half peeled making it easier to eat. This is a dry version, there is no buttery sauce at the bottom of the plate.

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Lemongrass Crabs @ HM Sri Bagan, Bagan Lalang / Sepang Gold Coast

The crabs was also very yummy, very sweet tasting meat that's all that I can recall haha! Sorry, can't even remember the name of the dish...

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Crispy fried squids @ HM Sri Bagan @ Bagan Lalang / Sepang Gold Coast 

Crispy fried squids,very crispy and batter is not tasteless, among the better ones that I have tasted.

Sweet and sour grouper @ HM Sri Bagan @ Bagan Lalang / Sepang Gold Coast

I didn't really eat much of this dish cos my stomach was already protesting at this time. But no complaints from the others, so I'm assuming its good as the other dishes .

Overall, it was a good dinner (since someone else was buying :p), the food didn't disappoint but the drinks were so-so. If you don't mind the long drive and the long wait, give it a try, if you don't want to wait too long, come around 6pm. 

Prayer area is provided but I think the toilet leaves much to be desired and best to just have your wudhu' before coming.

HM Sri Bagan Restaurant is at 

Sepang, Pantai Perkhemahan Bagan Lalang,
Sungai Pelek

Map of HM Sri Bagan:

Friday, June 20, 2014

Halal Chinese Restaurant @ Kota Damansara "Jom Cari Makan"

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Halal Chinese Restaurant @ Sunway Damansara ; JCM

It was the weekends months back and since I have given up hope of eating at D'Cengkih during weekends due to lack of parking and the crowd in the restaurant, I told hubby let's just explore Kota Damansara. After a quick discussion of what you want to eat, its ok I have no preference, what do you want to eat? We figured chinese would be an acceptable compromise for both of us. 

A quick google search shows two halal chinese restaurant at Kota Damansara area Homst and JCM. We used to eat at Homst TTDI until a certain incident years ago and hubby refused to go there ever since so we decided to try JCM since it also offers dim sum (hubby is currently crazy over dim sum, I don't know why)

Actually, if its truly up to me, I would just pick a nasi campur restaurant cos it was quite late and I knew that the kids were ravenous but I didn't say much to hubby, in the end the second son acted up while the food was being prepared and then slept on my lap so I couldn't get a better picture of the food (excuses excuses :p)

Parking was horrendous (typical in Kota Damansara, I really wonder how developers plan retail shoplots without sufficient parking??) we parked by the roadside.

JCM is on the same stretch as Sari Ratu (ate there once, not going to do a review about it, suffice to say the Jalan TAR branch is waaaay nicer)

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Halal Chinese Restaurant @ Sunway Damansara

JCM restaurant was basic but very spacious, the kids entertained themselves for a bit with the fish tank, looking at the big fishes and the turtles, then my no 2 started to act up.

We ordered dim sum ( no picture sorry but quite nice to uncultured me), butter prawn (the flossy kind) butter chicken (the one with gravy) and sambal sotong on a hot plate. 

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Butter (Floss) Prawns @ Jom Cari Makan; Sunway Damansara 

The butter prawn was nice though the floss was a tad salty and not as sweet as I would like it to be. But the prawns were big, fresh and juicy.

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Butter Chicken (with gravy) @ JCM Sunway Damansara

The butter chicken also was delicious and I will unabashedly admit that I finished up most of the squid! So nice! not so spicy and not so sweet, perfect balance! haha.. Actually I think we ordered a few more dishes like mee goreng for my no 1 son and a vegetable dish, maybe broccoli in oyster sauce but erm.. I can't seem to recall them since this is such a belated post. However, I do love the food that I ordered there and to me JCM is nicer than Homst Kota Damansara branch (we tried that a few weeks after but find that the TTDI branch is better and don't think we will be going there again) , so between JCM and Homst if we were to head out to Kota Damansara, we will pick JCM any time.

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Spicy Squid on a hotplate @ JCM Sunway Damansara

I saw some pictures of their food on their fb account and I am itching to go back to try other dishes :) The only downside is that their drinks are sickeningly sweet. Got to ask them to lay back on the sugar for the drinks.

Another plus point? This restaurant do home deliveries via kitchenonwheels (check out their fb page cos I tried to check out their website repeatedly but can't seem to load)

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Halal food home delivery via kitchenonwheels

Jom Cari Makan address:
31-1 to 33-1 Jalan PJU 5/12
Dataran Sunway
47810 Petaling Jaya

Opening hours : 10 am - 11.00pm Daily
Map of JCM:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Dinner @ Golden Orchid Thai Restaurant Damansara Jaya

I drove by Golden Orchid Oriental Thai Cuisine when I had to go to Pos Malaysia Damansara Jaya branch when my kid's UK parcel wasn't delivered to my house. (That was quite an exasperating experience buying from ebay, trying to find out which courier company was responsible for the Malaysia side deliveries.. had to communicate through twitter with the UK courier, which they replied promptly but Pos Malaysia took forever to respond through twitter so I had to call the call centre and hold the line for 2 hours -urgh-)

So, back to the story.. saw Golden Orchid as I parked the car (quite far from Pos Malaysia but that was the only parking space available), made a mental note to check out reviews for it and told hubby about it the next evening. I was itching to eat out since I had been starving myself for the past week trying to lose weight and thought since I managed to lose 1 kg I should treat myself that evening haha yeah right.. it was either between Golden Orchid at Damansara Jaya or the nyonya restaurant called Mum's Place at Damansara Perdana, gave hubby the links to the reviews and hubby picked Golden Orchid based on the mouthwatering pictures @ cutelery blog.

I called up before hand to ask whether they are halal and whether they have a place for us to perform our maghrib prayers, they answered yes to both (Do note that they are not halal certified by Jakim though - if I remember correctly).

We were the second customer there and the prayer area is actually an elevated floor seating area at one corner of the restaurant (which I am totally fine with but you have to bring your own telekung).

Parking was easy after office hours and the restaurant was very spacious. We ordered fish cakes for the kids, prawns with salted egg, vegetable tom yum, beef pad kaprow and special fried chicken.

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Salted Egg Prawns @ Golden Orchid Thai Cusine @ Damansara Jaya

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Special Fried Chicken @ Golden Orchid Thai Cuisine @ Damansara Jaya

Food was served quite fast I think within 20 minutes. There were a few hit and misses. We absolutely love the fried chicken since its so crispy and delish, we love the prawns so big and juicy with the crispy skin and salted egg waahhh.. syiokness..

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Fish Cakes @ Golden Orchid Thai Restaurant @ Damansara Jaya

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Beef Pad Kaprow @ Golden Orchid Thai Restaurant @ Damansara Jaya

The tom yam was ok for me, not so to the husband, fish cakes were a tad overwhelmed with lemongrass that my kids refused to eat it and the beef pad kaprow was also a bit heavy with spices (ginger if I'm not mistaken).

The tom yam serving was huge (Served in the warmed pot) and my seams were bursting by the end of the meal. Overall, hubby said it was an average dinner and he missed the now closed "Golden Triangle" at Mont Kiara. Since Damansara Jaya is a bit out of the way for us, the food is average but not good enough to bring us back but I guess if you are living nearby, it's an ok choice for dinner.

The kiddo enjoying lemon tea @ Golden Orchid Damansara Jaya

Golden Orchid Oriental Thai Cuisine is at 
No 12-14G, Jln SS 22/25 Damansara Jaya
47400 Petaling Jaya

Tel No : 03- 7722-2228

Opening Hours : 11am -3pm, 5pm -10pm Daily

FB Account: Golden Orchid Oriental Thai Cuisine

Map of Golden Orchid Oriental Thai Cuisine:

Makan Tengahari @ Seri Kembangan - Pla Pla Seafood

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Restoran Makanan Thai @ Seri Kembangan - Pla Pla Seafood

Ni pun entri yang agak lama, masa tu gi Farm In The City @ Serdang / Seri Kembangan dengan anak2 pastu malas lah nak makan kat kafe @ Farm In The City, so I google jap makan best @ Seri Kembangan, terjumpa lah beberapa recommendations untuk Pla Pla Seafood. Tapi budak2 dah lapar sangat tak boleh tunggu, so kita order fishball, nuggets dan sandwiches di kafe @ Farm In The City dulu, pastu kita shoot gi Pla Pla Seafood so mak boleh makan dengan aman hahaha.. 

Memandangkan kita pergi tu dalam jam 2 petang, I takde lah terasa nak makan besar macam ikan stim ke sotong goreng tepung ke etc etc, so order yang minimal saje, tomyam campur + ayam goreng kunyit + udang goreng tepung (ni teringin sangat nak makan beberapa hari masa tu) + telur dadar. haa.. kalau bab bab menu macam ni memang I yang order.. kalau makan terlebih lahap tu encik suami yang order haha.. ingatkan nak try kerabu mangga ke.. pulut mangga ke.. tapi tu semua takde sebab tukang masak balik kampung -heh?- oklah takde rezeki...

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Playground @ Pla Pla Seafood , Seri Kembangan

Makanan datang oklah tak berapa lama, sempat jugak berhibur tengok cerita hindustan yang I dah lama tak tengok semenjak ada anak ni, anak2 hepi main playground kecik di sebelah luar restoran, walaupun tak muat sebenarnya slide tu sebab anak i yang 1st tu bam bam sikit.. so main racing kereta atas slide je lah :)
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Makan tengahari @ Pla Pla Seafood Seri Kembangan

verdict? tom yam ok2.. ayam goreng kunyit ok jugak tapi masin sikit pastu tak ingat samada takde kacang panjang atau kacang panjang dah layu betul.. udang goreng tepung, i suka batter dia tapi udang dia teramatlah kecil so tak puas lah makan udang tu.. tapi ala kulli haal.. Alhamdulillah simple dan kenyang :) 

Tengok gambar blogger2 lain yang rekomen tempat ni fuh memang mengancam gambar2 yang mereka post maybe sebab they all datang malam OR maybe memanglah yang masak power tu yang tukang masak yang balik kampung haha! tapi takpe maybe next time kalau gi Farm In The City boleh cuba lagi..

Pla Pla Seafood is at:
Lot 17G, Jalan Equine 1A
Persiaran Dr George Lim Ah Soo
43300 Seri Kembanagan.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Halal Yemeni Restaurant @ Publika - Marhaba Restaurant

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A private room @ Marhaba Restaurant - Publika

As usual, we are always on the lookout for arabic / yemeni / middle eastern restaurant near our place since my MIL and also a number of our visitors prefer arabic cuisine over others whenever they are in Kuala Lumpur. 

We were entering Publika's car park months ago at the back near the water tank area since the car park entrance opposite the landed property is always congested and we saw the Marhaba Restaurant sign. I told hubby we should check that out so we parked near block D1. 

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Sitting on the floor in the pavillion inside Marhaba Restaurant @ Publika

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The alfresco area @ Marhaba - Publika

Sadly, that day (being a saturday afternoon) the restaurant was closed to public as it was being used for a wedding reception.. waaaah.. quite tasteful I would say, the interior of the restaurant was beautiful :)

The next time round, we came around dinner time and the kids wanted to sit at the Alfresco area since there is a small (very small I would say) playground next to it. However, after a while, they started to ask to shift indoors since there was no air-conditioning but too bad the food has been served!

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Halal Restaurant with playground @ Publika

We ordered tabbouleh for yours truly just because I want to see if it meets my standards haha! Lamb Hanith as it is their specialty and the Lamb Hanith come with free chicken kebab. Yeay! Appetizers of 3 different dips, a small platter of fresh vegetables and a bowl of soup for each dining person, and a cup of tea (each) are free. Hubby ordered a fruit cocktail I think but couldn't recall how it taste like (ermm... this post is very overdue, it's been months!)

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The fruit cocktail @ Marhaba Restaurant - Publika

I didn't quite like the free mint tea as I find the tea to be a bit weak. It's mint sachet and not tea with mint leaves. So.. yup.. this drink didn't get my nod. 

The soup was delicious, you could really taste the lamb broth, rich and sweet, we finished it while it is still warm.(Sorry no picture)

The tabbouleh was among the better ones that I have tried but I think the parsley were not balanced enough with mint and the tomatoes were too little and cut a bit too big. I still like my version of tabbouleh better :p

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Tabbouleh @ Marhaba Restaurant - Publika

Lamb Hanith was big enough to share with 2 adults and 1 child and the rice was fluffy and the meat oh so tender, hubby said it was the best Lamb Hanith he had ever eaten in KL. Yup, it was that good to him. We brought my dad along on a different occasion after that and even my cholesterol-counting dad finished up the lamb cos it was so good and not oily. 

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Lamb Hanith @ Marhaba Restaurant - Publika

The chicken kebab was average and we ordered it mostly for my second son, but it does pair very well with the garlic dip. 

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Chicken kebab - 1st visit

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Chicken Kebab - 2nd visit

On another visit, we ordered the same dishes but changed the salad to fattoush. This salad totally didn't get my approval. I find the fattoush too big and coarse and all the green vegetables under it too coarsely sliced and too much lemon. I like Tarboush (Starhill Gallery) version of fattoush much much more. 

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Fattoush - Marhaba Restaurant - Publika

On the second visit, I told the waiter that I do not favor the mint tea that is given complimentary and he said that he can change it to shai mulabban (tea with milk) so I said ok. The tea came and its pretty much like the local tea with milk but not as sweet and I love it! Well, apparently so does my 6 year old cos he went around finishing his cup and my husband's! haha!

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Shai Mulabban @ Marhaba Restaurant - Publika

We also ordered the soft bread "Ruthub" for my 6 year old cos he does not really like rice, turns out to be very soft and a bit wet at the bottom bread that tasted a bit like prata. It didn't really go with the salad or the chicken kebab so my son ate it on its own. Couldn't really finish it cos its quite big just squeezed into the small basket.

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Ruthub @ Marhaba Restaurant - Publika

Overall, its a nice restaurant with beautiful interior and delicious food albeit quite limited menu. I'm also a bit disapointed that the dessert are mainly fattah, I wish they would offer other desserts that may not be yemeni but from other Arab countries such as mahallabiyya, umm ali and kunafa.. oh and it will really be great if they have fateera like fateera bil laban wa mauz or fateera shukulatah wal bunduq! aaaaahhh.. I would really like that hehe :)

For those staying around Mont Kiara area, this halal restaurant do home deliveries!

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Marhaba Restaurant home delivery!

Marhaba Restaurant is open daily 11.00 am - 11.00pm
It is located at Block D1- Level G1- 1 Publika Solaris Dutamas
Tel no : +603 62078222