Sunday, March 27, 2011

Al-Rawsha


Although Fadzil and I are not so into lamb, we love Middle East cuisine. If I remember correctly, I started to love Middle East food when I was studying in International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), where majority of the foreign students came from Middle East country. Whenever I became bored with local cuisine, I will definitely buy food from The Nile, at the Riverside food (the name is given because the food court ni berhadapan dgn sungai :D).They are the only shop that sell Middle Eastern food and it was all nyummeh! Wonder if the shop is still there now..


When we started working, we started to visit Middle Eastern restaurants here in KL whenever we crave for it. Among our usual dine out spot includes Tarbush, Al-Amar & Saba


Since my mom is also into Middle Eastern food lately, we brought her to Al-Rawsha which is situated at Kg Pandan, KL to celebrate her birthday last month. It was my first dining experience there and I fell in love with everything...the decorations, the ambiance and of course, the food!

The interior deco of a two storey bungalow

From outside, you can see that an old English style bungalow has been transformed into a Middle East Castle and as u enter the main entrance, catchy Middle Eastern songs and Middle Eastern waiters welcomed you. Feel as if you are totally in an Arab country :)

us, while waiting our meals to arrive :)

The service was quite fast although the restaurant was packed that night. They used blackberry to send orders to the kitchen. Everything looks nyummy on the menu, not only us, even Faaz Naqi having a hard time deciding what to eat! Hihi..


We had Falafel and Hummus as starters. In case you are not familiar with Middle East food, Falafel are made of of fried balls of spiced fava beans and chickpeas while Hummus is a paste of ground chick-peas and sesame oil flavored with lemon and garlic.


I also ordered Al-Rawsha Salad as the cold appetizer. Tak lalu makan kalau takde leafy vege..The vege was fresh but I found the dressing is too tangy to my liking...


As main course, my big eater hubby had his usual menu, The Mixed Grilled which basically combined beef and lamb kebabs and steak.



while I chose my favourite cuisine, Shish Tawook (grilled chicken breast mixed with spices and wrapped in bread). Love their garlic dip! Tastier compared to Tarbush's...


My mom, my little brother and Faaz on the other hand had Al-Rawsha's famous cuisine..The Lamb & Chicken Mandy. All of them had Chicken Mandy (Traditional Hadramaut Earth Baked rice with Chicken) since mak is not into lamb and Hazwan, the lamb lover wants something different this time.


Tell you, altho the rice look pale, it was soft and tasty itself without gravy. Faaz really enjoyed his meal, banyak dia makan malam tu :)


Al-Rawsha also provide a playroom for young patrons. It is situated on the ground floor itself. The room was a bit messy when I brought Faaz in but Faaz couldn't care much. He demanded to play there so I let him for a while..


Overall, it was a nice dining experience at Al-Rawsha. It's not that hard to find the restaurant and there are ample parking space for the patrons. We will definitely dine in again in the future...


Later at home, we had a simple birthday celebration for my mom when my sister came back from Malacca. We had cuppies from Cupcake Chic as the "birthday cake" cum dessert that night....

Nyummeh!

Happy Birthday Mak/Tok Mak!!

We love you!! :)



21 comments:

Diyana Didie said...

my fav lamb mandi. tp skrg ar-rawsya dah tak sesedap dulu ;(. kak, me suka minum lassy kat uia. sedap gila! kadang kadang, me craving n pergi cari lassy kat sana... hehehe

Thara said...

ive been hereee! when it comes to nasik arab ni, we've tried ar rawsha, al daifah and saba. however so far, my family prefer saba compared to the rest. ntah nape, when it comes to saba, nasik berminyak pon takpe, rasa tak bersalah pon bile makan hahaha :P

princessmary said...

Nad,
this is also my favvy place.
i love the chicken mandy green tea..sedap gile2 kan..


p/s-ritu i pun celeb8 my moms bday kat situ...

shah sulong said...

recently got bitten by the Arab food cravings also.

kat putrajaya ni (selain daripada ke Saba' Cyberjaya tu), ada Sahara Tent. kat sini la membedal Fatoush, Hummus dan Mandy Chicken with family.

personally, me and my niece, Najlaa suka Hummus. kalu roti panas2, 3 biji dia sorang pon abes, siap berebut dengan shidah lagi. even to the crumbs :p

will try falafel soon. mandy chicken best kat Saba' kot, because of the side chilli gravy tu kot.

my.mastura said...

cupcake!!!!!!!

eh nad..aku rasa Al-Rawsha ada 1 lg kt Jln Semarak(kot!) kan? aku penah gi situ..mmg sedap weh!! aku pon order ayam Mandi tu..superb!!

Happy Birthday Auntie!

Nadine said...

Didie,

Oh ye ke, akak lamb Mandy blum pernah try lagi. Ikut hari kot dear, mak akak ckp last time dia pegi xbrape sedap nasi mandy dia tp mlm tu sedap plak. Akak x tau la sbb masa tu br 1st time try.

Oh ye ke, u suka lassi kat which foodcourt??

Nadine said...

Thara,

Sedapkan nasi kat Saba?? I mula2 cuba dulu nmpk berminyak mcm takut2. Dh makan, nyum2...sedap! :) Yeah, I notice nasi kat Rawsha a bit dry. I ni jarang makan nasi kat restoran Arab. Always go for the kebabs je sbb tu favourite I :D

Nadine said...

Diana,

Ye ke dear. Bnyk tul persamaan kita kan sampai sambut birthday mom pun same restaurant. Dah la birthday diaorg dekat2 kan dear. Kita mmg geng ah! :)

Nadine said...

Shidah,

Hihi, u pun sama berjangkit gak eh suka Middle East food :)Wah, kat Putrajaya pun ade eh, tak pernah dgr lagi nama restaurant tu. Area mana ye? Shidah, niece u mesti comel kan. Nadia suka nama Najlaa, stakat ni jumpa org nama Najlaa comel2 blaka :)

Nadine said...

Mastura,

Hahaha, ko ngan cupcakes. Nampak aje!! :D

Erm, agaknya kot. Aku tak bape tau sgt Mas. First time nie pegi Al-Rawsha...adik aku yg bg direction. A'ah sedapkan Chicken Mandy. Kalau ko suka, next time pegi Cyberjaya singgah Saba plak. Try theirs..sedap jugak Mas! :)

Tq Mas. Aku doakan mak ko cpt2 sihat semula. Ameen :)

mommaholicSURI said...

I have to put my hands down this time. I mmg xberapa leh go dengan Middle east Food. Masa kat Egypt ritu, agak tertekan jugakla. Hahahaha. I think i could stay in Japan longer than in Middle East country. (ngader ah Nuurill :P)

Tapi... kalau dah dibawak pergi tu, i makan jer. Haha. I think Nasi diorang ni special jugak kan. Xpayah makan dengan lauk pun dah sedap. :)

Thara, u boleh high 5 dengan Armi. Dia suka betul Saba esp yg kat Cyberjaya. hihi

Nadine said...

Hihi, kita terbalik la dear. Mau kurus kering kalau I duk Jepun. I suka teppanyaki je, sushi some I boleh tolerate, some I don't. Tp Sashimi mmg a big No-No. Loya :P

Betul, nasi dia sedap. Tak bnyk rempah sgt tp rasa dia cukup :)

Hihi, sape keja kat Cyber mesti suka kot Saba. Working days kalau, lunchtime mmg pack! Makan Nasi Mandy kat Saba kenyang sampai habis office hours you! :)

dyana "his other half" said...

we too love middle east because of the lamb. hehe. tokwan cd pun suka. selalu bawa diaorg makan kat tarbush. nanti nak try la kat sini. nampak sedap sungguh. how about the price? lebih kurang tarbush ke?

hadif keluar sjmc nanti nak pege try la. hadif tgk falafel n hummus tu terus keluar cam gini "fuhyooo, aiyorkkk, ma dap, dap." hehe.

ishamizu said...

Hmm mcm best je! Sdp eh hummus n falafel Nadia? Izu tk pnh try n izu mmg susah nk cuba mkn sesuatu yg baru..hihi.

Klu kt Melaka, pnh mkn kt rest Arab dkt2 MMU, tu pun izu order nasi arab with chicken kot..tp mmg yummy...suka sgt lain side2 dishes dia esp. kuah lada n mint dia tu..hihi..

lastly, happy birthday to ur mom! sdpnya nmpk itu cuppies! ;D

|| sue-imanja || said...

memang tak pandailah nak middle east fud ni. nampak u all enjoy sgt... tapi leh try la satu hari nanti...dekat dgn opis pon

Nadine said...

Cee D,

A'ah, price lebih kurang sama dear :)
Waaa, really? Hadif pun minat Middle East food yer? Bagus betul. Faaz x suka Falafel & Humus. Dia minat chicken Mandy je :)

BTW, how's Hadif doing? Smoga Hadif cpt kuar hospital yer. Aunty Nad nak pegi melawat x dptla Hadif. Dr. suruh minimize melawat org sakit..huhu.

Nadine said...

Izu,

Falafel tu ade rasa mcm Vadey sket sbb dua2 buat dr kekacang. Kalau Izu suka makan vadey, then blehla try Falafel :)Humus tu rasanya lemak2 masam. Kira mcm mayo tp versi Arab. Slalunye sedap dicicah dgn roti mcm Shidah ckp tu :)

Owh, ic..a'ah. Mint sauce dia refreshing kan. I like it too!

Tq dear, nnti Nadia sampaikan. Hihi, cuppies tu besar, makan sket dh kenyang. Tp mmg sedap..very rich! :)

Nadine said...

Sue,

Takpe2...nnti one day boleh try.Mana tau kena ngan ur apetite. Ajakla Diyana, dia dh pro makanan Arab ni. Nanti leh dia suggest yg mna best :)

shah sulong said...

sahara tent tu kat Alamanda, next to Kopitiam Old Town and Penang Village.

my niece mmg comel. baya-baya Faaz jugak. cheeky kemain..

dyana "his other half" said...

alhamdulilah hadif dah discharged semalam. takpe nad. mmg tak bagi pun kalau nadia nak dtg. lagi2 kalau nak dtg ngan faaz. bahaya la. anak sedara fariq nak dtg pun cd tak kasi. huhu.

Anonymous said...

I always spent my half an hour to read this website's posts everyday along with a mug of coffee.

Have a look at my homepage - Aqiqah