Thursday, April 2, 2009

Al Nafourah

Al Nafourah is a Middle Eastern restaurant at the Le Meridien Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. This is our second visit to the restaurant in the last six months. We absolutely love the Middle Eastern fare, the decor, the intricate details and meticulous service at the restaurant! The moment you step into the restaurant you are transported to a Middle Eastern harem with soft music and dim lighting.

The restaurant was almost full that night due to a group function. We were seated at one of the three unique private tents. Our tent is placed at the far end hidden corner of the restaurant and is dimly lit with candlelight and adorned with comfy cushions and silk drapes.

Another highlight of the restaurant is the performance by a belly dancer from 8.15 pm to 10.00 pm, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in conjunction with their semi-buffet offering. The semi-buffet is priced at RM108++ per adult & RM58++ per child and is inclusive of Arabic Coffee and Shisha. The first time we were there, we opted for the semi-buffet. Eventhough it is a little on the pricey side, the extensive array and variety of dishes is definitely worth the money.

The semi-buffet was not available on the day we went this round so we opted for the Ahlan Washlan (Welcome) Set Dinner at RM200++ per couple.

(click picture to see larger image of the menu)

Mediterranean Black & Green Olives

Babaghanouj (Grilled chopped eggplant, bell pepper, tomato and olive oil)
Freshly baked Saj Bread

Sambousek Lahmeh (Pastry dough filled with minced meat, pine nuts
and pomegranate sauce)

Makanik (Sautéed Arabic lamb sausage in rich tomato sauce)

Fattoush (Vegetables salad, crispy bread, sumac and lemon olive oil)

Dajej Tajeen Be Zaitoun (Moroccan Specialty of Braised Chicken with Olive and Safron Carmoula)

Main Course: Lahem Meshwi (Charcoal Grilled Marinated Beef Tenderloin with Oriental Spices, on Pide Bread, with Grilled Vegetables and Garlic Aioli Sauce)

Swordfish Kebab (Marinated Swordfish with Olive Oil, Garlic and Coriander, Served on Pide Bread, with Grilled Vegetables and Spicy Tomato Sauce)

Desert of the Day
Maghlay bil Mukasarat (Lebanese style flavored rice pudding
with caraway, coconut and mixed nuts)

Mint Tea

Turkish Coffee

Chef preparing Saj Bread

Overall it was an excellent dining experience again. Everything about the food was great especially the Swordfish Kebab which is a definite must try. We are very sure we will come back for a 3rd, 4th, 5th visit when we are back to KL again.

Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur Sentral / Phone: (60)(3) 2263 7888

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