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If you walk on Bukit Bintang area, you will notice that Middle East Food is starting to mushroom around the area that we had drawn quite a lot of crowd from Middle East to our country. One of my favorite restaurant Al Amar that we previously dine in (click here) had now expended to one of a famous landmark in the area with Al Amar Express sited right in front of Fahrenheit88.

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If you drive or walk pass, you cant help but to notice this big black steel dim with red backlight signage infront of the reestaurant.

Usually with the word express, we do expect something smaller from their restaurant, yet this certainly surprise us by having the whole big lot more like a restaurant.

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A few areas can be seated which is this section is at the back of the restaurant filled with comfy sofa’s and main purpose is more on Shisha.

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Then they have their crew located in their open concept kitchen where you can see their hygiene.

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Indoor area

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The difference between their main restaurant and Al-Amar Express is the menu that here focus more on light food and finger food.  . . .

Being a food lover, I have never stop learning how to enjoy food as there are so many types of food available throughout the whole world, I cannot denied that, there are good and bad experience involve, but with middle east food had been growing rapidly in Malaysia, it’s a great chance to try out not until I get a chance to dine at this places was during last year when I was in charge to bring company’s client for Middle Eastern Food. Having the client explaining to me how to enjoy their countries food is something that I learn and enjoy. Not until recently with Sidney’s invite me, and I got this chance to learn directly from Joseph which is the young owner of this Al Amar Lebanese Restaurant located on the 6th floor of Pavilion.

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Al Amar is having their latest promotion with buffet lunch that is only available on Sunday.

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I just love their interior setting with concentrated by infusing Lebanese setting in it as Joseph would just want everyone to feel like home as he is. With porch light, tea pot and accessories imported back from the country, playing soft lebanese background music certainly add up the whole atmosphere.

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In this restaurant you will be treated like a king and queens with their waiter and waitress had been well train.

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Besides this area, the also do have the terrace area that located directly outside of the restaurant which is just perfect for smokers and those who enjoy the night view of the busy street of KL City.

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In just a short time within 2 years that this restaurant was establish, the restaurant had constantly improving and striving to success that it is amazing to see a restaurant to win so many awards, cannot be denied that their food is excellent.

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I have tried quite a few beers before, Tiger, Calrsberg, HoeGarden, Stella, but I have never tried Lebanese beer. I never thought that ‘Almaza Lebanese beer’ would taste as good as any beer out in our market. It is mild in taste, yet smooth and not too bitter that with first sip you get to taste the malt aromatic taste, and I find it that girls would love it too. . .like Witch, she is not a alcohol lover but she fell in love with this.

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I have always thought that this is a Halal restaurant and also Middle East people do not consume alcohol but I was wrong after Joseph explained to me. They have the alcohol that can make you ‘cookoo’ or crawl back and to my surprise, in Beirut they produce wine too.

We got to choose:
White wine – Blanc de Blancs 2008 – with a wine of 2008 could not be any good than this. I love it as now I have found the taste I like which is dry wine.

Red Wine – Les Breteches 2007 – The red taste good, smooth, dry and its like when the wine travels down my troat it had paint a line in it, as now I have found the type of taste that I like, which is dry wine.

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They have come out with the new menu.

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Every meal that we dine in Al Amar, ‘Pita Bread’ is complimentary, therefore you have to order ‘Mezze’ to go along with it.

If you were to eat it plain like that, it taste not bad too as it was served out from the oven.

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Then we start off our meal with Cold Appetizer or name as ‘Cold Mezze-Shanklish’, that is served with fine chopped tomato, onion, mint and olive oil. If you tear some of the pita bread and wrap it, it taste good, with the mild flavor of each ingredient. Joseph pause for a while and stare at us, then asked ‘arent you guys going to eat the vegetable’? most of us thought that it was for display purpose only and he said no, its for us to eat, we were like puzzled abit after that only realise there is actually a small knife in the basket for us to cut.

At that time Joseph teach us how to eat it along with Shanklish or Tabbouleh Harra, take a spoonfull of it and place it on the vegetable by wrapping it after that. The truth is, it taste much better with the vegetable.

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front to back – ‘Mhammara, Moutabal and Hommos’

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The trick of how to enjoy your simple pita with the rest of the appetizer is, tear the pita edge and then roll it into a con size, then hook up the ingredient as in full like ice cream and eat it after that. With the skin become solid and the ingredient is soft, bite it together its nice. I love Hommos taste.

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If you are a salad lover and would want to try something different then opt for their ‘Tabbouleh Harra’ which is one of their popular dish that order by customers, serve in parsley, bulgur, mint, tomato, spring onion, and other herbs with lemon juice, olive oil and various seasonings.

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Deep fried ball is what I see next, ‘Falafel’ is cook in a healty way, which it is fried with olive oil. It is crispy on the outside then solid in inside, then Joseph ask us, ‘why arent you guy s eating, try to dip it with ‘Tahini Sauce’.

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The whole aroma change, as the sauce is a bit sour yet blended in so well with the food.

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If you visit Middle Eastern restaurant for the first time, by ordering lamb, you would not go wrong. I just love their ‘Soujouk (Lamb sausage)’, the lamb had been grilled, till its very juicy in the inside, the meat is soft and tender, filled with aromatic lamb taste (some people might not like the taste of it).

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‘Oriental Rice’ was served next. It look simple but its flavourful with the spices.

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‘Batata Harra’ is another healthy dish that they have in the list with potato cubes been fried by using olive oil.

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I would say ‘Lamb Cutlets’ one of the best in the menu, if you are a lamb lover. Did not taste like lamb chop but season with their own ingredient had make this piece of meat and bone taste so aromatic. Juicy bones and sweet tender meat is something I did not miss eating more than 1.

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Rose Wine – La Rosee Chateau 2008
While eating, then Joseph asks us anyone would love to try Rose wine. Immediately I responded, I would love to have a glass as not many places do offer rose wine and its hard to find a nice one too. Joseph then tell me that, I am going to love it as I enjoy the white and red.

Bahhhh, he is certainly right, the wine is chilled and while smelling on it, it did not smell sour yet the taste is inviting. First sip, can taste a bit of the rosy taste, and after swallowing it, it’s a bit dry. Ahh, found my new love of rose wine.

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‘Grilled Fish Fillet (Garoupa/Grouper)’ pan grilled, with the fish fillet is soft then eat along with my rose wine, what can I say for, I am enjoying my meal.

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‘Mixed Grill including Lamb Mechwe, Kafta Antabli and Kafta Khishkhash’ is dish that can be prepared for more than 3 pax and up to 6pax. Every one can get a bite of every flavour.

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‘Kafta Khishkhash’ can be prepared in this way with Lebanese chili style, do not be deceived by the look of it as it does not taste spicy at all, I love it in this way that makes the lamb juice oozing out and the chili mix well and fragrant. I nearly had this whole plate by myself if Coco did not stop me.

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‘Baklawa’ is know as Lebanese desert made with layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey, the originality of it when I tried it for the first time when I was studying at Melbourne, I find it very very sweet, but this restaurant had tone down the sugar level and it taste just nice.

While we are finishing what is left on the table, then Joseph keep hurrying us to finish it up and going to show us something special for the night that will bring us to another dimension. Then I was like haaaa?! Puzzled a bit while still biting off my last bite of lamb, at that moment he told us that, there is actually one of his customer which is a very good drinker, first time when he went into the restaurant, the guy ask

Joseph, ‘Heyyy….what is the strongest alcohol you got?, I just want a Bottle of it! And he was like, are you sure, our alcohol is very strong! He said yes, I can drink a lot u know~ just bring me a bottle. Not even 2 hours in the restaurant, Joseph need to call in the bouncer to bring this guy out as he is drunk, and I asked him how much left in the bottle, HALF to go, answered Joseph.! I was like darn..!!

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Then Joseph pull out this bottle of alcohol called ‘Arak Fakra’ which is one of the well know brand in the continent. It consist of 53% of alcohol, ways to prepare it is mixed in approximately with a ration of 1 part arak to 2 parts water, and ice is then added.

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A bit milky in colour that did not taste too strong with the way it prepared and now only I understand why that guy is drunk as his formula is the other way. 2/3 alcohol and 1/3 water, if were to mixed it like that I think 3 glass is enough to kill me off.

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Me enjoying my glass of Arak. Kampaaaiiii~~`

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Tastes are a bit different compare to any of our alcohol, as some would feel it taste like one of the Chinese herbs. I had two glass, and Saucer 2nd glass, and see what is the effect of this making to him…keke, that makes Witch have to be the photographer now.

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Shisha with wine, just goes along very well. Flavour for the night is ‘Apple’

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Chateau Keraya – my new love. . . .
White wine – Blanc de Blancs2008
Rose Wine – La Rosee Chateau 2008
Red Wine – Les Breteches 2007

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Besides this great meal, we are celebrating Coco’s burfthday too… She had turn 21 and now she had the license to kill.

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One of the funny question that she asked us, ‘What is the best thing to do when we are 21’.?? All of us gives her funny all type of funny answer.

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With this wonderfull cake was ‘Passionfruit Cake’ which is soft and good. Baked by Sunny (BBO).

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me and Joseph

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with all of us. . . Witch, Coco, Sunny, Sidney, Ken, Saucer, Edward and Richard with the owner Joseph.

Thanks for hosting and feeding all of us with great food. We seriously had a great time and thanks for teaching me how to enjoy Lebanese food. With that, I sure know where to recommend my company client to dine for the next round.

Besides this, they do open till late especially on weekend, if you do not know where to find a place for a drink, Al Amar would be a great option too, with their alcohol range, belly dancing girls and live band performance and its packed during the weekend. Certainly I will drop by.

You also can drop by at their Express outlet too at Bukit Bintang. Al-Amar Express.

Al-Amar Lebanese Cuisine
Lot 6.10, Level 6, Pavilion KL,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-21661011
Fax: 03-21551300

Opening hours: 10am to 2am

For the first time I have to skip my posting that I MUST post this up first. Was very impress with the restaurant, and also the people from Egypt.
 
 
I got very very surprise that in Sri Petaling, there is actually 1 nice Arab restaurant here. Well, if you are nearby here, surely this shop will caught your attention as can consider one of the most good looking shop here during at night. Have to come here is because of company VIP client from Egypt that requested want to dine Arab food. So this is where my ah tau have arrange.

What I mean handsome of course by its outlook more yeng than any of the shops beside la..

When you walk in you will saw this miniature camel on the bottom left then house on top of it and also house next to the top right and of course the antique or signature look of Arab dining accessories.

There is 2 ways you can go up to the restaurant. 1. would be the Lift. 2.Exercise-climbing up the stairs. So I decided to do option 2 cuz I was impress by their own interior decoration full with wall painting, vase, tea pot like the Ali Baba style.. What I could not find is the Gennie in the bottle look thing. Sure I do would like to have my 3 wishes and were walking up you already got 50% of Arab feeling.

When I reached the restaurant I was like wowwww…in my heart. What a nice place that they had change the whole shop to be. All the walls full with different kind of utensils, kitchenware and others.

Alot of collection around the area whereby you can just walk around and look if there is not customer on their respective table. When I arrive I am still able to do that.

It was quite empty during that day, but as it is getting late the crowd start to pour in but most of the customer are from Middle East. The ambiance is surely good.

I don know what is this called but just took a pic as it was just right beside me.

Then of course all of the dining table is full with this tea pot. It is something very unique and to pour the water you have to push the top tip down in order to be able to let the water flow out. Something like a gun, you have to lift up the pin in order to shoot. Was wondering am I able to bring that pot back.

This is the menu which suits with the restaurant ambiances.

Looking at the menu, I look at the pictures to judge what food I want to eat for the night. It seems like everything is yummy and the choices is alot.

So we start off the night with our drinks which is from top left to right

Aden Tea
: taste more like teh halia. Nothing special. so RM10 for this.
Mix Fruit : Did not taste cuz was ordered by the Egyptians RM10
Ice Lemon Tea: uniquely from left is the sugar syrup, then next is the lemonade juice and only reach the pot of Ice Tea. It is for you to mix and match your own style of the taste. Be a mini table bar tender for the night. RM 10 for this.
Carrot Juice: is normal carrot juice. Nothing special RM10
 
There are another 4 more drinks that they ordered which is more unique that they recommend but I cant just go there and took all the pic because it was company VIP client. So just can took what is around me.
 
 
When I first stare at this it looks more like a bun to me but it is what they said high premium bread which I think its Pita Bread, compare to what they had in their home country. We were taught how to eat this with the rest of the entree on the table.
 
The first lesson of the night was to peal the pita bread then make it like a V shape in order for us to dip into the entree and hook some of the sauce up with the ingredient so that you can get to taste more of it.
 
Instead of what I always do is peel, then just deep and hantam the rest of it like a hungry person. 

So end up all our meals were ordered by the Egyptian as they recommend what is good and famous back in their home country. So we just follow the flow for the night.

Start the first entree for the night. At first glance, I thought it was a tuna spread but turns out to be a Baba Ghanough its a mixture of don know what in there but it taste real good when you eat it with the bun you would want a second piece. RM12

ahhh…haaa..This really looks like yogurt. It is some kind of cream which I do not know what it is just eat accordingly. It is also to eat along with the bread. Tahina Sauce’ RM5

All time not my favourite ‘Pickled Vegetable’ RM5 each. I have try my best on tasting it but still yucks!

‘Lentil Soup’ RM 8 Do not have a chance to try this as it was one of the client who ordered it.Haih 
 
This is what I called the Arab Karipop.. It is actually Sambosa Lamb’ RM10
  This is what it looks like on the inside, were very nicely chopped into very mini pieces and while you eat it, you can just taste the lamb taste very nice and perfect with the Tahina sauce given. Due to limited pieces I could not have 2.

To me this is more like a mixture of self mix of everything. It is a bit cold but the taste a bit spicy, sour and mild good to eat with rice as side dish or with pita bread. Taste someting like we used to eat when we took nasi Briyani but of course taste much better.

‘Mixed Vege Chicken Tagen. A very unique pot they have come along with it but the best thing is after so many donkey years that I left high school science lab and at last I get to see it again a ‘Pununu Buncen‘ was there burning to make sure that the dish is kept warm and abit boiling.
 
 It taste more like a Minestrone Soup. Just that the taste in it not as strong as that. It is mild. The texture of the soup is not too thick and too watery. Eat perfectly good with pita bread or with the Al-Diafah rice. I was enjoying my dish with both ways and also recommend my friend to try it. RM15
 
 
The other dish which I did not manage to snap the pic but the client want us to try is the ‘Fried Lamb Meat,Liver and Kidney’ which once I had a mouth of it, I wanted to ask for more. The Highly Recommend by me. RM35
 
 
The other one would be ‘Potato Chicken Tagen. The chicken was well cook to softness and not very spicy but taste very mild. Perfect to eat with the rice for a good dish opener. RM15
  

‘Mixed Grill’ was highly recommended by the client, mentioning we should not miss this. So my friend she ordered this with a mixture of Lamb,Chicken and Beef(if not mistaken). Although it is a bit too dry for the lamb but the aroma is there. If were abit juicy, wow, it just taste perfect. The chicken is tenduri chicken, so nothing much to comment on that as it taste normal and lastly it was a roll of beef which taste so soft and tender, taste like specially marinated. The best of all compare to the other 2. RM35

Madby Lamb’ which is also highly recommend by the client. Which I totally agree with him. Although it is not very big place and the lamb is only 4 pieces which honestly cant really even fill my stomach if there were no pita bread entree.
 
 
The lamb was well marinated, and the taste of the lamb smell is not strong which some people don like and I prefer the taste or smell is stronger. The meat was grilled to perfection, juicy and soft which again were thought to use hand instead of cutleries. Finish my dish and I was hunting for more, look at my friend’s dish see whether I can try to taste her portion. RM35

‘Grilled Prawn’ RM45 Never had a chance to try this but it sure do look very good and taste nice as the feedback came over that the prawn is very fresh.

‘BBQ Chicken-AL Diafah Rice’ The chicken taste normal, nothing much to comment. To me it is more like a tendori chicken. RM20

‘AL Diafah Rice’ The rice is very very nice. The taste of it and the aroma when you eat it with the main dish or the entree you eat. It goes along very well. Was not too dry or oily. RM7  

‘Ping Pong’ By the name itself it sure do sounds very funny. The 2 desert was highly recommend by the client saying that we must try and insist we must. I always thought that their desert would be very sweet but then turns out to be not. But to me after heavy eating I feel that I cant really taste this desert, taste more like the stall at Pavilion selling yau char kuai with the ball ball thing. Taste not much different. RM6  

When I saw this, I was very happy, I thought it was Cinamon stick. Turns out to be not. It is someting soft soft do not really know how to describe. It isTamaribnd’ RM6

 While we were eating the client was telling us about some culture exchange of what they have and adopt in Egypt that I want to post it as another part as I find it very interesting. Part 2, coming soon.
 
 I must seriously say that Egyptions, they are a good food eater. They just eat and eat alot. After all the food on the table, they went off to another table to enjoy themself with a cup of tea and desert.
 
Because of their very good service, and ambience and the food quality not the very best, they deserve it which I also think that their pricing is okay. Total bill came out to RM415
 
 Food rating 9/10 ,  – Above Average, Recommended~
 
-= KA CHING =-
 
-WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-
 
Location:
Al Diafah Restaurant
(Halal)
43-1 and 45-1 Jalan Radin Anum
Seri Petaling Kuala Lumpur
Oppsite Sri Petaling Hotel,
same strech as Maybank.
 
Tel No: 03 – 9059 6237


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