"Need an excuse not to work after lunch?"
At first glance, this restaurant doesn't give much of an impression, a small typical 'mamak' eatery tucked away in the corner of a street. Looking a little closer, I was surprised to see that it was chock full of people. It was as if everyone in KL had chosen to have lunch there. The queue of people waiting to 'bungkus' their food stretched till the street! I guess the food here must really be all that!
I noticed that most people were ordering the soy sauce chicken, mutton ribs curry and the spicy beef, so I followed suit. The food arrived almost immediately in separate little dishes, leaving room for me to mix and match my food. Don't worry; I did my fellow nasi kandar foodies proud by placing all the meat and veggies on the plate, and drowning my rice with the curry mixture. They also gave me a plate of cucumbers and sambal to go with my food. 'Ini sambal pedas, timun untuk sejuk mulut', explains the waiter. In other words, the sambal is meant for those who love it spicy, while the cucumber is meant to cool the mouth after.
I piled my spoon high with my curry soaked rice, bits of meat and the vegetable, cabbage cooked with dried chilies and turmeric. First mouthful and bam! I was in heaven! No wonder nasi kandar is so popular. The mixture of curries and rice that bursts in your mouth, the soft texture of chicken, mutton and beef bits, wow! This is the first place that I've eaten where the cabbage wasn't over cooked. It was crunchy and sweet, with a tinge of heat.
"It's almost a shame to destroy this"
Our evening started off at the bar area where we sipped on wine and nibbled on an assortment of bruschetta topped with creamy mushrooms, olive tapenade, and chopped tomatoes with basil. My favourite without a doubt is the olive tapenade made with finely minced tangy kalamata olives and just a hint of garlic. The creamy mushrooms have a mild buttery creaminess to it but they lack strong flavours which I am partial to.
They have a great selection of mouth watering appetizers and we have trouble narrowing it down to just a few choices. For cold starters we decide to go with the prosciutto and melon (a must in traditional Italian cuisine) as well as the buffalo mozzarella salad. The sweet ripe cantaloupe paired with the saltiness of the thin slice of prosciutto was just heavenly! There’s something about that sweet salty taste that gets me every time. I also thoroughly enjoyed the rich fresh creamy slices of buffalo mozzarella with juicy tomato. For the warm appetizers we chose beef carpaccio the pan seared scallops wrapped in bacon. The thinly sliced beef is tender and delicious with a light hint of lemon and olive oil and the scallops were extremely flavourful with within crisp salty pork bacon wrap.
A specialty dish here is the spaghetti aglio olio with fresh seafood (mussels, prawns, and squid). It is served wrapped up in a paper which you undo once it reaches your table. The reason they do this is to seal in the aroma which is meant to hit you just as you open it up. When you do you are hit with the unmistakable scent of truffle oil, garlic, and oceany seafood. Take a deep whiff before you tuck in as this adds to the experience. There is also a little something special added for the Malaysian palate and we discovered this once we took a bite; sliced chilli padi has been added into the mix giving it a mild spicy hit. This dish alone gives me a reason to return!
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"Come for the Kabsa, Hanith and Kebab dishes. Nuthin' else."
Great food & CyberJaya doesn't rhyme. Not even close. If you've ever been to this part of the world, you know what I mean. But I am about to let out a secret. Judging by the amount of people visiting this Arabic restaurant, I don't think it's much of a secret anymore. Head up to Saba Restaurant and join the thankful CyberJaya citizens relieved that they are able to get some good food at great prices. And the food is pretty darn good.
Actually the place looks like a typical mamak shop. Plastic tables, indifferent service, no aircon, busy and waiters of various nationalities serving you. If it's not for the kebab machines in front and sishas grouped on one side you'll never know that this is an Arabic place. But this is where the similarities stop. The food is excellent here and that really sets Saba apart from other 'Middle Eastern-like' restaurants, expensive or otherwise. You will never get this kind of taste in Malaysia except here. Eating the basmathi rice here reminds me of eating along Edgware Street in London with their rows after rows of Arabic shops and cafe selling various kebabs and biriyani.
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