Sunday, July 1, 2012

Al Tanoor @ Pavilion

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.
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24 comments:

  1. wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. only 60 meh, definitely will go!

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    1. Fadyxc: oh yeah, and the food for that price is enough for three people, I think =)

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  2. I love those middle eastern dips - so healthy - just need some vege sticks or wholemeal pita rather than the white variety for dipping.

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    1. The Yum List: true, and those dips are pretty versatile too. instead of the usual bread and olive oil and balsamic vinegar mixes that we're normally served before a meal, i would love to see a middle eastern dip instead sometime =)

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  3. Where in level 1 is this?

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    1. Michelle: it's near KFC, on the food court level below the ground floor =)

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  4. Still learning how to appreacite Middle Eastern food, hmmm and Indian food as well. LOLb

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    1. CK: between middle eastern food and indian food, i think i'd choose middle eastern! heheh =)

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  5. Yum yum, I love shawarma :) And the bread looks mighty fluffy.

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    1. Baby Sumo: i liked the food here! i think it's more or less as good as al-amar express (the fast food version of al-amar outside fahrenheit 88) :D

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  6. the lamb burger looks delicisou..
    I have not try lamb burger before...someday...

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    1. Simple Person: i almost typed 'simple lamb' instead of 'simple person' when i tried to reply to you. heheh. anyways, lamb burgers are nice if you like lamb. more flavor compared to chicken burgers, i think =)

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  7. Definitely need to check out this place. The food looks more interesting than Old Town =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: oh yeah, it's right facing Old Town, if i recall right! heheh :D

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  8. wah those warm fluffy and puffy bread looks so tempting!

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    1. Eiling: we managed to finish the bread, so we definitely agree it was worthwhile, heh =)

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  9. did you try any coffee? I find middle eastern coffees .. terrible. :/

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    1. KY: hahah, no, i didn't try the coffee here, but i guess it's an acquired taste. i've tried turkish coffees at a few places, but you're right, i didn't love them :D

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  10. Ahh it's not at Level 6 which explains the pricing :P

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    1. Rebecca: heh, yeah, the lower the level at pavilion, the lower the prices too =)

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  11. The bread looks good enough to go carbo loading while dipping into the Muttabal. Since I am back running again, I have all the reasons to indulge in my carbos again:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: the bread's brilliant and the muttabal is marvelous! i wish i could indulge guilt-free, but i'm too lazy and undisciplined to run! =)

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  12. the price in this restaurant is more or less like any other arab restaurants out there. considering the outlet is in pavilion, it is considered cheap with good quality food.

    their briyani rice is also nice. be warned their rice portion is suitable for sharing, so you may order 1 portion of rice for 2 pax.

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    1. Faizal: thanks for the info. maybe will try the briyani next time :D

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