Monday, March 02, 2009

Al Nafourah @ Le Meridien

My good assistant being a member of Starwood privileges, gave me a voucher for a free meal at Al Nafourah in Le Meridien Hotel last week. It was a free 3-course lunch for two and I went there last Thursday to have a taste of Arabia.

I have always wanted to go to Al Nafourah especially after coming back from my trip to Dubai because I missed the middle eastern cuisine. Thus, I thought it would be a lunch of white long grain rice with saffron and grilled lamb. Unfortunately it was not. The menu was fixed and it comprised of an appetiser, main course and a dessert.

The appetiser served was:

Lebanese Bread with Olives

Crab Timbale, Green Lettuce, Crispy Lebanese Bread with Sumac Oil Dressing

I don't know why they had stated crab because it tasted very much like tuna and salad to me! Maybe my taste buds had gone haywire but I believed that it really tasted like tuna. The bread was nice and it goes very well with the "crab" dish. I hate olives (but not olive oil) and I still do.

This is the main course. It is a deep-fried sesame-coconut breaded swordfish with black olives mashed potato, braised young vegetable and finished with honey-lemon sauce. Ok, the fish was nice and nicely done. I like the mashed potatoes and the vibrant colours of the sauce.

However, it did not stop me from thinking why are these dishes served at a Middle Eastern Restaurant like this? What happened to the taste of Arabia?!! Where's my grilled lamb? Even if it's free, I think they should serve authentic Middle Eastern food and not some western cuisine. They even offered this set menu at RM55++ during lunch hours if you are interested.

After that, I was served this pudding as a dessert. I am not sure whether it is another middle eastern dessert, but it was very filling! After the dessert, I felt so stuffed. Lucky there was hot tea to wash it all down! And the tea was served in a nice and classy way.

After 2 days, someone from the Starwood Privilege called me and asked me how was my experience at Al Nafourah. Being honest, I told her that I was cheesed off by the menu and was disappointed. Having said all that, the service was good and the ambiance was very impressive as Al Nafourah presents itself as a contemporary oasis with private silken dinner tents, Moorish arches, ornate paintings, and richly woven carpets.

Actually they do serve Middle Eastern Cuisine in their ala carte menu but I tell you, it was damn expensive. Prices are around RM50-60 for a grilled lamb course. White rice is already around RM7-10! The only nice stuff I had that day was the syrup drink they served before the appetiser! It's like a love potion where you have got to have more of it!

Al Nafourah

2 Jalan Stesen Sentral
Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Kuala Lumpur 50470

Tel: +603-22637888


foongpc said...

I agree. I would be disappointed too - if I were to go to an expensive middle eastern cuisine restaurant, I would expect authentic middle eastern cuisines!

Wow! The pudding - eating that would have put a severe damage to your dieting plans! haha!

White rice for RM7? OMG! That's horribly expensive!!

breadpitt said...

err,,,the pudding are not mid eat dessert i think ...;-p...salute u for being honest eventhough its a free meal...

-eiling- said...

Foongpc: Exactly! Now my diet plan gone haywire. Cos the white rice is topped with Saffron mah - the most expensive spice in the world!

Breadpitt: Haha... I have always been honest in food reviews.

Myhorng said...

main course looks delicious.

KY said...

wooo expensive rice, but i was charged RM8 for green tea once!

Huai Bin said...

I like the ambience, but the food prices are a little on the high side eh?

-eiling- said...

Horng: Not too bad.

KY: Hehe... daylight robbery.

HB: Yup not worth it.

suituapui said...

Ya...we had an Italian restaurant here, Huai Bin used to go. I went once and that was it! The food sounded Italian, looked Italian but did not taste Italian at all!!! They claimed that they used local ingredients, hence...the "local" taste! Chesh...

YilingL said...

Jom kita pergi makan Croatian food! Your treat ok??

Jeremy C said...

looks appetising.

can't recall when i last had dessert...

-eiling- said...

STP: Hahah... I will totally avoid that local Italian Restaurant!

Yiling: I shall think about it.

Jeremy: Looks can be deceiving.

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