Monday, May 2, 2011

Middle Eastern Restoran Al Diafah - Seri Petaling

Unthinkable! A 5-lot Middle Eastern restaurant tucked in the predominantly Chinese Seri Petaling. To emphasize this, it is situated directly opposite to Kam Lun Tai. Some Saudi with deep pockets has bought into KL real estate much like the Sheikh that bought Manchester City, but on a much larger scale.

The restaurant is well appointed and the furnishing looks opulent with lots of wood, glass and mirror. The dining area is on the 1st floor (Grd Flr is used to sell Middle Eastern products esp foodstuff) and the windows were all but removed to allow the air to circulate and a meal with view esp in the evening when the sun is going down. Highly recommended to call ahead and make a booking for a table with a view.

We have a small cross-section of Al Diafah menu and came away impressed. Expect quality cuts for meat, usage of healthy olive oil, good spices and fresh ingredients. The diners includes Middle Eastern families and the local Malay and Chinese.

 The 3-lot Al Diafah and ...
 The other 2-lot a few doors away and where the restaurant is situated.
 Table setting with quality utensils and a very solid table to boot.
 Great view and airy with the shutters up. No brick wall and glass windows to impede, giving us sense of spaciousness.
 Still very much empty at 6:30pm.
 Their common bread, eat it with their meat or dip it in the creamy dressing/sauce. Slightly sweet.
This Mendy rice is cooked to perfection. Each grain stands on its own. No starchy feel. Fluffy and buttery. Wow factor is strong.
  This Al Diafah rice is long grain. Evoked the 'oohs' and the 'aahs' as the Malaysians have been suffering silently being foisted with low grade rice. With fried shallots and raisins. Kind of like the Berianyi rice.
 Attention given to the cutlery.
 Salad. The range were limited but then it's fresh looking and tasting. Average.
 Falafel is as Middle Eastern as it gets. A mix of chickpeas and fava beans and deep fried. Very similar in taste and texture with the Indian Vadai.
Rice wrapped in Grape Leaf. A Mediterranean food, rice is cooked wrapped with this imported leaf with lots of tart coming from tomatoes and lemon. The leaf is part of it and please do not remove it. Excellent as starters to get the appetite going.
Condiments with onions and cucumber.
Mix of tomato condiments. My main complaint. Where was the mint  leaves and also sauces!
Mouth-watering BBQ chicken, with lots of onions and herbs. You will ask for more.
The star was probably these lamb pieces. Succulent and its quality shined through. Well marinated with their spices and very good.
Date Juice. Longan-ish in taste and naturally sweet. A great Middle Eastern drink.
Wrapping up a slow leisurely evening with a cup of coffee done Arabian style.

Address: 43-45, Jalan Radin Anum, Seri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-90596237
Business Days and Hours: Open 7 days a week from 12 noon to 12 midnight.


boo_licious said...

Love the food here esp the Mandy Lamb Rice and the BBQ Chicken.

worldwindows said...

Agreed. The food is wonderful!