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Banana Leaf Rice @Hartamas


Banana Leaf Rice in Hartamas may not offer that Bollywood symphony when it comes to the styles and decors but the simple offerings are much tuned to the liking of Malaysian. Also cooking few simple mamak dishes and our typical goreng dishes, I reckon they are probably trying to cater to meet the demand of the lunch crowd. But then again, being a banana leaf rice restaurant means the banana leaf would still be the stealer so that is the only thing I tried when I dined in. Besides, I rarely say no to banana leaf rice.


1.Banana Leaf Rice @Hartamas
9.Banana Leaf Rice @Hartamas


The masalas and marinates were tempting and trust me when it comes to their yogurt. They make pretty decent Tairu (RM 2). Order that to go with your Banana Leaf rice set that consist 4 dishes and rassam.


2.Banana Leaf Rice @Hartamas
3.Banana Leaf Rice @Hartamas
4.Banana Leaf Rice @Hartamas
5.Banana Leaf Rice @Hartamas
6.Banana Leaf Rice @Hartamas
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Their homely dhal is lovely and plenty of their dishes are authentic rendering of South Indian cuisine. Roti are not available all day round but I was fortunate to be able to order the pratha and they were impressive enough to have me ordering the same at my future visit.


7.Banana Leaf Rice @Hartamas


Although not having the most alluring interiors, the place is neat and clean at a pleasant location with ample parking spaces.


8.Banana Leaf Rice @Hartamas


The Banana Leaf Rice Hartamas is located at:
17, Jalan Sri Hartamas 7,
Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Phone 03-6211 6772
Opening Hours: 7 AM to 9 PM Daily
GPS: 3.1574581,101.650132


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Restaurant Menara Biryani @ USJ


Restaurant Menara at USJ serves up excellent Pakistan and Indian dishes despite its rather irrelevant name and this surprisingly clean and tidy restaurant serves to cater the neighboring patrons with meals as well as catering services for occasions. They could use a better lighting to lighten the restaurant but food is mainly the highlight here. This entertainingly named restaurant offers some very authentic dishes with original spices from India and Pakistan and if I must bring your attention to the wow factor, it’ll have to be the outstanding starter crackers and dip. We had several servings of these while waiting for our mains to arrive.


Restaurant Menara @ USJ


The enormous plates of their famous biryani are probably the best within this area, with high quality basmati rice cooked with rich spices. The comprehensive aroma is the first thing that would have your saliva gland working. The lamb biryani was simply delicious with lamb cooked to perfect tender and rice beautifully cooked to perfection and to my liking when it wasn’t as oily and wet as what’s served at the Big Singh .


Restaurant Menara @ USJ
Restaurant Menara @ USJ


The usual ethnic fares are available and if you’ve been a fan of all this robust herbs and spices in Pakistan cuisine, I recommend group dining.


Restaurant Menara @ USJ
Restaurant Menara @ USJ
Restaurant Menara @ USJ


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Restaurant Menara is located at:
1-1& 1-3, Jalan USJ 9/5P,
47620 Subang Jaya,
Tel: 0380246751/0126991184
Business Hour: 10AM–10:30PM Daily
GPS: 3.0459349,101.586019
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Restoran-Menara


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Big Singh Chapati @SS 15


Delicious smells waft from this Punjabi restaurant serving the usual ethnic fare, where all their breads are made to order. There is no scenic view or alfresco dining but the décor in Big Singh Chapatti is delightful and comfortable. Their attraction, their bread of course are complemented by a symphony of flavours and cooking styles of dishes from homely dhal to grilled meats and biryani rice worthy of the waiting time. Cheese Prontha (RM 6.90), Onion Prontha (RM 5), Cheese Naan (RM 10), Parotha (RM 3), Chapati (RM 2) are not very much too highly priced but it was consistent and fantastically keen.


1.Big Singh Chapatti @ SS 15
2.Big Singh Chapatti @ SS 15
3.Big Singh Chapatti @ SS 15


The kitchen also excels in biryani. Biryani Mutton Dum (RM 18.90), Biryani Chicken Dum (RM 15.90), and Biryani Chicken (RM 17.90) have prices pegged at the sharp end, but these delicious rice with your protein in it are at a good portion perfect for sharing. At communal dining, there is the option of smaller Briyani rice (RM 4).


4.Big Singh Chapatti @ SS 15
5.Big Singh Chapatti @ SS 15


The add on for hungry patrons, there is a splendid spread of dishes based on clever use of classic herbs and spices. Sink your teeth into some tasty slow cooked chunks of chicken and mutton with lovely mix of masala, spiced with sweet spices and pounded herbs were all outstanding. I love their Mutton Keema (RM 15.90), and Butter Chicken (RM 19.90). Also, spice levels are at authentic levels for the Lahori Chicken (RM 11.90) and Bhindi Masala (RM 11.90) but the creamy gravy were luscious and lovely to go with those bread or rice. Naans are best to go with Palak Paneer (RM 15.90), and despite the hindsight guilt feeling, I’d still say it’s worthy of the calories. Just make sure you balance this out accordingly (I’ve added 15 minutes to my daily yoga session for the next few days).


6.Big Singh Chapatti @ SS 15
7.Big Singh Chapati @ SS 15
8.Big Singh Chapati @ SS 15


Speaking of masala and I can tell you it doesn’t just stopped at the dishes. We had the Masala tea hot (RM 3.50), Masala tea cold (RM 4) and Teh Tarik (RM 2) for that perfect ending for this satisfying meal. For some reason, this combo really worked out for that satisfaction guaranteed after meal sensations. Otherwise, there are those healthier options- Mango Lassi (RM 7.50), Mint Lassi (RM 6.50), Plain Lassi (RM 5.50), Watermelon Juice (RM 6.90), Lime Juice (RM 4.90), or the Teh O Ais (RM 2.30). Game lovers are well looked after with their super huge menu for beverages.



8.Big Singh Chapatti @ SS 15


The rich, warmly spiced masala dishes and grains of delicious biryani rice is worth getting messy for; and those soft and chewy warm buttery chapatti makes the perfect foil. Forget about the cutleries, some things are worth remaining finger licking.


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Big Singh Chapatti is located at:
41, SS 15/5A,
SS 15, Subang Jaya 47500
Business Hour: 11 am -10:30 pm daily
Tel: 0126016130
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bigsinghchapati
GPS: 3.0800952,101.590595


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Hameediyah Nasi Kandar @ Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara


Think Nasi Kandar and it probably has already staked a name for itself in Penang as one of the signature Malaysia-Indian cuisine. Packaged in a fast-food-style dining, Hammediyah Nasi Kandar in Kota Damansara is now serving hot and fiery in Sunway Nexis, the notorious hotbed of eateries.


1.Hameediyah Nasi Kandar @ Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara


When navigating through this heavily saturated enclave, Hammediyah Nasi Kandar stands out in bright yellow and pleasant green, with tidy seats and tall ceiling with warm lighting and a delicious wafting scent of spices. We often see nasi kandar stalls with mamak, traditionally wearing a sarung on the waist and friendly smile beneath that moustache. Here, it is represented on the walls to making it family friendly to dine in. Eat outdoor when it is breezy, or dine on mezzanine level for a bit more privacy.


2.Hameediyah Nasi Kandar @ Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara


If the fancy décor gives you any doubt on the authenticity of the dishes, fret not. Instead, be rest assured that the simmering meats and golden rice grains is one hundred percent Malaysian comfort food at its best. Fresh serving from the high turnover (from the perpetual line of diners) is amazing, and what’s more impressive is the hint of rich spices in those generous chunks of meats meshed every plate of our meal.


3.Hameediyah Nasi Kandar @ Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara
4.Hameediyah Nasi Kandar @ Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara


Add on more dishes when sharing- I like my sotong and papadum. It’s incredible this generously- portioned dish with a drink causes about RM 15 with meats, vegetables, eggs, etc. Don’t forget to complete the meal with soothing sweet and delightful teh tarik before leaving happy.


5.Hameediyah Nasi Kandar @ Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara
6.Hameediyah Nasi Kandar @ Sunway Nexis, Kota Damansara


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Hameediyah Nasi Kandar is located at :
AGF.01, Block A, Ground Floor, Jalan PJU 5/8,
Dataran Sunway, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opens Monday to Friday from 11 am- 10 pm
GPS: 3.1500735,101.594341


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PARKROYAL KL Middle East Specialties


With an Egyptian guest chef in PARKROYAL Hotel, we are now assured that the taste of Levant would satisfy diners whilst giving them feasting options accompanied with classy services at reasonable prices. Attracting fans of Egyptian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, Chef Ayman Ibrahim’s creations are available at on ala carte, set and room service from now until the 31st of October.


Featuring 37 items, the selection showcases healthy and delicious starters and appetisers; as well as tender grilled meats and kebabs, to exceptional vegetarian dishes and authentic Middle Eastern desserts. Starting with the starters, those comforting soups and amazing dips to go with Arabian bread would very quickly trigger the saliva gland to welcome their mains.


Starting with appetisers like the Taboulah (Parsley and mint salad tossed with bulgur wheat)and Warq Einab (rolled vine leaf with rice) really puts a good start to the meal. There are absolutely plenty of fabulous versions available in town but to sink your teeth into authentic ones is a great Middle Eastern dining experience.


3.PARKROYAL KL Middle East Specialties
2.PARKROYAL KL Middle East Specialties


Also on the appetizer spotlight, the Hommous, and the Falafel (chickpea croquettes serve with Tahinah) , both are fantastically done by their award winning Chef Ayman.


4.PARKROYAL KL Middle East Specialties


The main course are served with rice, with choices like the Roz Boukhary (bukhari rice) and Roz Saiadiah (fried onion rice), and pairing that with delicious mains like the Lamb Kabsah, or Kofta (BBQ lamb meatballs). Or if the gaminess of lamb is not your thing, other dishes to offer would be Shish Tawook (skewered chicken cubes) and Dajaj Ala Elfaham (grilled spring chicken). Otherwise, sea harvest could be your next protein source for the meal- Samak Mashwi (pan-fried salmon fish fillet glazed with tahinah) and Jambary Mashwi (grilled prawns with saffron sauce) .


5.PARKROYAL KL Middle East Specialties
6.PARKROYAL KL Middle East Specialties
7.PARKROYAL KL Middle East Specialties
8.PARKROYAL KL Middle East Specialties
9.PARKROYAL KL Middle East Specialties


My personal favourite has got to be the Bamiah Bil Lahm Ejal (stewed okra with beef and tomato)– a flavourful and juicy meat stew with hearty tangy from tomato and at the same time light with presence of okra. Because of the perfect balance of meat distribution and tender stewing, this one is tough to reject.


10.PARKROYAL KL Middle East Specialties


To complete the meal, desserts are prepared traditionally. Mouth watering sweet finishing showcases Kashul (almond pudding), Basbosah (semolina cake), and Assorted Baklava (4 types of nuts in filo pastry).


11.PARKROYAL KL Middle East Specialties
12.PARKROYAL KL Middle East Specialties


Chef Ayman Ibrahim hails from Egypt and has 25 years of experience in the culinary field. His specialities include Middle East, Mediterranean and traditional Arab cuisine. The Middle East Specialities Set Menu includes one appetiser, one soup, a choice of Mandy (RM88 nett), Dajaj Kabsah (RM85 nett) or Samak Saiadiah — deep-fried fish served in pungent sauce (RM85 nett) and one dessert. It is available from 12:00pm to 12:00am daily.


For reservations or enquiries, please call 03 2782 8389 or email agnes.kokparkroyalhotels.corn.


For reservations or enquiries for the a la carte and set menus, please call 03 2147 0088 or email chatz.prkulparkroyalhotels.com.


PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur is located at :
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 60321470088


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Turkish Cafe Istanbul @ TTDI


The taste of Mediterranean is now closer than you think. Turkish flavour wafting through the Turkish Cafe Istanbul at TTDI along a humble and quiet lane, one that is least expected to have a restaurant as such. Inside the café, is settled with simple décor and mainly focusing on the space and comfort.


1.Turkish Istanbul Cafe @ TTDI (15)
2.Turkish Istanbul Cafe @ TTDI (16)


And when sampling the flavours of the Silk Road, it is inevitable to think of fare, dips and humus definitely, as well as some kebabs and the tanginess that’ll keep your palate entertained with lots of amusement. Take the Mixed Appetisers (RM 27) for instance- a platter so perfect for sharing and for unleashing the greediness in me to try everything it is that they have on a single plate.


3.Turkish Istanbul Cafe @ TTDI (11)
4.'Turkish Istanbul Cafe @ TTDI (13)


Especially intrigued by this grape leave wrap, this Turkish Stuffed Grape Leaves are amazing in taste as opposed to the boring looking presentation. Wrapped to tiny sizes with the grape leaves, and stuffed inside with rice cooked with other flavourful vegetables, this one can be quite filling too. Take note that appetisers are served with Turkish bread.


5.Turkish Istanbul Cafe @ TTDI (14)
6.Turkish Istanbul Cafe @ TTDI (12)


Also in this meal was the Chicken Adana Kebab Rice (RM 15) and it was only because we fear their kebab platter was too huge of portion. This kebab dish is good for solo diners, with a good ratio of meat, vegetables and option of rice or chips. Their rice is delicious with each grain cooked to perfection and packed with very lovely aroma and fragrance of herbs. And pair with their juicy meat, makes a lovely combo.


7.Turkish Istanbul Cafe @ TTDI (10)
8.Turkish Istanbul Cafe @ TTDI (9)


For the ones not too adventurous when it comes to foreign food, I believe the good old Fish and Chips (RM 15) warrants an assurance that nothing could possibly go wrong. For a decent pricing, a huge slice of fish, battered and fried is served with some chips and tartar dip.


9.Turkish Istanbul Cafe @ TTDI (4)


Lastly, here is one of the few places to find some authentic fix of Turkish Coffee (RM 8) and Turkish Small Tea (RM 3). The coffee is crazy strong where else their tea was pretty similar to what most Malaysians could adapt to. One of us went on the entire night like a mechanical toy powered perpetually with endless flow of energy. It would probably be stronger than the usual espresso for some people.


10.Turkish Istanbul Cafe @ TTDI (1)
11.Turkish Istanbul Cafe @ TTDI


Turkish Cafe Istanbul is relatively young in the neighbourhood but should be receiving more diners in a couple of months when words spread. After all, the flavours are pretty authentic. Parking is easy as breeze here during dinner and services are friendly. Despite the language difficulty, the staffs tried their best to explain the dishes. Their meats is a must order.


12.Turkish Istanbul Cafe @ TTDI (18)


Turkish Cafe Istanbul is located at :
12, Jalan Wan Kadir 1,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
60000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-7731 1644
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/turkishcafeistanbul
GPS: 3.139238,101.62959


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