Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Halab @ Bukit Bintang

Middle Eastern flavours take centre stage at Halab, with a slight emphasis on Syrian specialities.

For an acquired-taste adventure, order the Damascus favourite of shakriya, a full-fat yogurt stew with tender pieces of lamb - slurp it up like a broth and shower it over firm, fragrant rice (RM23++). It may seem a little strange at first (imagine having hot, tangy yogurt with savoury meat), but it works well for a hearty, no-fuss meal.

Dairy devotees can have a field day here - it certainly helps to not be lactose intolerant if you want to try the ackawi white cheese (RM10), a creamy cheese that's very salty (even more sodium-packed than the cured black olives it comes with), and the ayran yogurt-based cold beverage (RM6).

Prices are pretty reasonable - you can order a fresh and well-spiced beef kebab wrap, rolled with tahini sauce, tomatoes and onions for RM10++, and it's easily enough for lunch. Bonus points too for Halab's bright, spacious setting.

Halab Restaurant
35 Jalan Berangan, Kuala Lumpur.

6 comments:

  1. Love their logo. Never really had anything mid-eastern other than some pseudo-authentic kebabs here and there. That one here looks really good.

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    1. Suituapui: i think you'd like middle eastern fare - it's very hearty! :)

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  2. I would probably enjoy the beef kebab wrap. The yogurt stew and salty cheese may not be to my liking.

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    1. Phong Hong: i think you might actually like all the dishes - they're quite well-executed :)

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  3. I think the yogurt stew not really something that widely accepted by many :P

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, yeah, the first spoonful might taste strange, but it actually turns out to be a tasty combination :)

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