Saturday, March 2, 2013

AVA Bistro @ P Ramlee

One of KL's few eateries that serve tasty Middle Eastern specialties with lots of liquor.

Opened beside Modesto's on P. Ramlee Road, this friendly outlet mainly pulls backpackers and foreign businessmen, but Malaysians who venture here will be rewarded with the Mirza Ghasemi, a warm, creamy tomato-and-eggplant dip topped with a lovely fried egg.

Other intriguing Iranian recipes include the Ghorme Sabzi, supposedly regarded by many in Tehran as their national dish. Not exactly photogenic, but this ultra-thick herbal lamb stew partners perfectly with rice.

Speaking of rice, AVA Bistro offers Zareshk Polo, mixed with barberries for a mild sourness.

Slow-braised saffron chicken. Prices here are not too agonizing; a feast for two will easily come below RM100 without alcohol.

Shawarma is served starting about 9 p.m. daily. We'd skip this though, since it tastes too much of ketchup and too little of seasoning.

Kubideh and barg kebab: lamb and beef. The latter is better, thanks to its beautiful succulence.

Doogh, a traditional Persian yogurt drink evocative of goat cheese that's a fearfully acquired taste compared to the Cosmopolitan cocktail.

Red wine, totally drinkable, and Mojito, totally acceptable.

AVA is alfresco. It's coolly shaded, with occasional traffic noise presenting the only irritation.

AVA Bistro,
Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur.
Open daily, lunch through late.
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18 comments:

  1. The saffron chicken looks good...

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, could definitely get a reasonable sense of saffron in that recipe :D

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  2. Its opened! Drove past coupe of days back and was trying to figure out who or what is coming up. Middle Eastern and lots of liquor sounds very promising!

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, we need some red wine to partner with all the grilled lamb in middle eastern cuisine! :D

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  3. Hmm I'm still learning how to appreciate Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine...hehehe :P

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    1. CK: me too! i must admit, i only eat middle eastern food a few times a year, and indian food maybe once every three months :D

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    1. Mr Lonely: a good meal for folks who enjoy middle eastern cooking =)

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  5. Hmmm I would've thought Middle Eastern eateries wouldn't serve alcohol. You know, because of their religion and all. Guess I was wrong!

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    1. Timing: yeah, 99 percent of middle eastern eateries in kl don't serve alcohol, but luckily, a few do. the food is still halal though, and muslims can still dine here safely, it would appear =)

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  6. I really like this !!!! Wish I can visit your country one day :)
    Visit me on: www.olivains.com

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    1. Oliva: i hope you get the opportunity to do so someday soon =)

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  7. This moment, only the Persian Yogurt drink interest me!

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    1. Wong: ya, it's quite an interesting drink. it tastes like cheese, heheh! :D

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  8. I would love to have some kebab.... been a while since I had one.

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, once in awhile, it's nice to munch on meaty kebabs, especially the juicier ones, heh =)

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  9. those saffron rice looks really yummy!

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    1. Eiling: yeah, aromatic carbs! heheh :D

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