Monday, July 6, 2009

The Castle

Also known as Al-Kalaa, this is one of the many semi-alfresco Middle Eastern outlets on Jalan Damai. It looks a bit dodgy from the street, but it's popular with the supper crowd. Grab a seat in the tent and pretend to be a sheikh surrounded by a (mostly male) harem.

Pancakes stuffed with minced lamb. Kind of like an Arabian pizza. Tasted a bit too junk foodish to be really appreciated.

Lamb tashreeb with chickpeas. A huge, well-prepared stew enough for four.

Mixed kebabs. Dry, salty and tough. This platter gives kebabs a bad name.

Flavourful long-grain kabssa rice. Almost good enough to eat on its own.

The Castle (Al-Kalaa),
Jalan Damai.
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14 comments:

  1. There seems to be an inordinate amount of fries for a Middle Eastern meal. The tent does look out of this world though!

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  2. it looks dodgy inside too! the lounging men look like they are ready to make a pick from a harem.

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  3. LOL! The food looks really bad dude...

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  4. 550ml: i should have labeled this post "fusion!"
    carolyn: haha, a change of ambience for once.
    nomad: yeah, i wouldn't bother returning here. :D

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  5. suddenly got mixed up your post with julian si's abu dhabi experience. =P

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  6. heh ... with so many middle eastern tourists in KL these few months, it might feel like we're living in abu dhabi sometimes!

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  7. it's a No No for me... not really a big fan of Middle Eastern food... except for kebab :) but it looked disastrous here too!!!

    Maybe you can try Al Nafourah in Le Meridien KL...

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  8. yeah, middle eastern food is very low on my list too, but i've been trying to appreciate it. there'll be more middle eastern posts on my blog over the next two weeks. :D

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  9. i know this post!! a sheikh surrounded by a (mostly male) harem... lol.. i rmbr a specific reply to a specific twit;)

    cool shots. what a shame about the kebabs. i like the othr plc under the canopy on damai. lunch is good thr.

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  10. yeah, exactly one week ago! :D
    i get confused by all the middle eastern places on this road ... al-amir, al-andalus, al-rawsha, al-kalaa, al-maghreb...

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  11. I go to al-amir and the castle for my shisha fix. I only order the hummus and non-alcoholic beer...the rest of the food didn't appeal to me!

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  12. yeah, these places seem more like a hang-out area, rather than a destination for good food...

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  13. You should all try real middle-eastern food and give it a chance, though I have to say Arabic food is best here in the middle-east. :) In M'sia its really limited and not as good as they are here (doh).
    Arabic food is really more that it seems. To try and describe it I would say its not too spiced,curried and flavored as Indian, its more towards Greek and even a little Italian, but its definately unique. They can do magic with meat and bread. and don't forget desert, and some sheesha.
    Y'all don't be so narrow minded :p I didn't think I'd like chinese or malaysian food but I loved some after I gave it a chance. Heck I even gave dried shrimp paste a chance.

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  14. obi: yep, i think maybe our middle eastern options in kl tend to be repetitions of the same stuff. hopefully there'll be more outlets opening in the future that offer a better representation of arabic food :D and it's nice to hear u found some malaysian food that u enjoy!

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