Monday, December 9, 2013

Fravashi @ 3rd Mile Square, Old Klang Road

Afiyet olsun! A taste of Turkish street food has come to Old Klang Road, courtesy of young newlyweds & F&B entrepreneurs Desmond, a native of Istanbul, & his Malaysian wife, Evonne.

The hardworking couple currently keep their restaurant open 10am-10pm, seven days a week, whipping up hot & fresh fare like 'tantuni' (RM15.90 nett), moreish rolls of thinly sliced lamb ...

... 'lahmacun' (RM15.90), crisp flatbread crowned with lamb, minced veggies & spices ...

... 'pide' (RM15.90), the Turkish equivalent of pizza, topped with the customer's choice of meat (chicken, beef or lamb) & herbs ...

... & 'fatayer,' a cheesy meat pie pastry that comes out piping-hot from the oven of Fravashi, named for the Zoroastrian guardian spirit.

Part of the secret to Fravashi's delicious dishes: Bread baked from scratch right here.

Fravashi's meat recipes prove expertly executed: The lamb kebabs turn out succulent & savory (RM17.90 with seasoned basmati rice).

Even chicken wings (RM15.90) taste more flavorsome than usual, finger-lickin' fabulous.

Fravashi's menu remains limited at this early stage; Desmond & Evonne hope to eventually offer adventurous concoctions like 'cig kofte,' raw meat evocative of steak tartare, but for now, they're sticking to safer options like 'cacik' (RM7.90), a chilled mix of diluted yogurt, olive oil & mint ...

... & 'coban salatasi' (RM7.90), a salad of tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, peppers, onions & feta dressed in olive oil, lemon juice & pomegranate juice.

Fravashi also serves basic Italian pasta & pizzas, though these might not be its forte; the spaghetti aglio olio borders a bit too much on blandness ...

... while the pizzas (RM22-RM25) might prove too thickly crusted for some patrons.

For a sweet finish, there's the ever-popular, nutty-sugary baklava of course ...

... though we prefer the honeyed fig with vanilla ice cream (with the figs brought to Malaysia by Desmond's mom on her most recent visit to KL).

Beautiful-looking Turkish tea sets (RM10) are available too ...

... featuring imported Arabic leaves partnered with 'nabat' saffron candy ...

... & a medley of mulberries & raisins.

All in all, Fravashi's a pleasant stop, pretty casual & welcoming, run by friendly owners striving to serve satisfying fare. A nice, no-fuss little entry to Old Klang Road.

Fravashi Mediterranean Restaurant
12, Ground Floor, 3rd Mile Square Business Center, Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-7988-0046

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32 comments:

  1. I've always had a thing with Turkish flavours. But so far, non really captured my attention. This one looks promising. If it's authentic, then I am definitely up for it :)

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    1. Sycookies: heheh, with an istanbul-born boss in the kitchen, there's definitely a decent amount of authenticity here :D

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  2. They have lovely dishes, Sean, and the food is very well displayed.

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    1. Linda; yeah, they certainly put their hearts into their work here =)

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  3. turkish food is not my preferred choice of cuisine. the spaghetti looks brittle too. but the turkish tea sets are really pretty!

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    1. Eiling: true, if given a choice, i usually wouldn't pick turkish as my number one selection too. but i agree, i loved trying to photograph the tea set! :D

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  4. This is interesting! And near our place too! Hahaha

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    1. CK: heheh, true, only a 10-minute drive from your home! and ya, some of the dishes were quite interesting =)

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  5. haha, i can make my own burito~

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    1. Mr Lonely: it'll be interesting to see what we can stuff into that! :D

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  6. Ahhhh!!! Turkish delights! Sure would wanna try. Looks quite exotic.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, the flavors are actually pretty familiar, but they do have exotic names and some fun spices/herbs, heheh :D

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  7. I know perhaps that I shouldn't, but I do love all of the bready dishes.

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    1. The Yum List: i can empathize! i can't resist the bready bunch either! :D

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  8. By the way, Sean...I forgot to mention that I have never tried Turkish food...or coffee!

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    1. Linda: ooo, maybe if you ever spot a turkish restaurant, you could check it out! i kinda suspect you might enjoy the food =)

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  9. I'm up for authentic Turkish food too!

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    1. Baby Sumo: yay! hopefully fravashi gets more fans along the way :D

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  10. I'm not too familiar with turkish food but everything looks good! I like basmati rice too!

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    1. Ken: yeah, i don't recognize a lot of the names for turkish dishes. but true, basmati rice is nice! :D

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  11. Wow! Saffron candy! The most expensive spice in the world! :)

    We've been looking for new places to go to, wanted to go to BEAST after reading your review but the other half not so keen so maybe this would hit the spot!

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    1. Huai Bin: heheh, ya, my eyes probably light up whenever i read 'saffron' too! :D hmmm, hopefully you both find a new place that you both enjoy really soon. maybe somewhere near your homes, so that it's convenient and you can return there sometimes =)

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  12. hmmm i am not so keen on eating middle east food.. hehehe

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, ya, turkish food does have quite a lot of similarities with middle eastern cuisine! :D

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  13. oh oh... i showed your post to my husband, whose country is neighbour to Turkey, and he is über excited! thank you for the lovely post. we want to eat all those you have shown us in the photos. ;) (the greed in me is talking super loud)

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    1. Sibu Food Diva: ooo, i hope your hubby enjoys the food here if you visit this place (and maybe he'll have a nice chat with the turkish owner too!). i did enjoy many of the dishes here too! :D

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  14. Turkish delights!!! That is certainly good news for my tummy and my new neighbour:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: oh yeah. You live nearby too! This could be a nice stop for a casual meal =)

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  15. Was thinking to have my dinner there just now, but I think they shut it down and there's a memo posted on the shutter says " under renovation", when I looked up, the restaurant sign changed to an Indian restaurant, what a shame :(

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  16. Castaletta: Lamb cutlets marinated with tomato puree, red wine, Chilli & olive oil served with potato mash
    Do they have this?

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  17. If yes, can you post the google map?

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