It's been too long since our last full-blown Middle Eastern meal; this trip to Pavilion's Al Tanoor made us think that maybe we should make the effort more often.
Avengers Assemble! Shawarma-loving superheroes are likely to like this Hulk-sized serving of spit-grilled chicken wraps, filling and flavorsome.
Fattoush, the famed bread salad of mixed leaves and fried pita. Al Tanoor is owned by the respected Tarbush group of restaurants, which explains why everything here is well-executed.
Lamb burger, with a house-made, egg-topped patty that's tender and tasty. Our only complaint: while the food here is good, be warned that it can take over 15 minutes to be brought out, even when the outlet isn't full.
Muttabal, an eggplant-based dip with tahina, tomatoes and olive oil. Beautifully creamy and probably much healthier than, say, butter.
Warm, fluffy bread is provided with the muttabal, graced with a lovely lightness.
Makhlouba rice, with lightly spiced grains, simultaneously firm and moist, mixed with meat. A nice alternative to nasi biryani.
Al Tanoor's prices are excellent; this entire meal for two cost only slightly north of RM60. And there's still more to sample, from kibbeh to falafel, warak ainab to fatayer.
Al Tanoor by Tarbush,
Level 1, Pavilion, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.