I was surprised how Arab Town is not like any other Middle Eastern Restaurant that you’d find in Klang Valley and I've been to quite a fair share number of Middle Eastern restaurants. Even though their menu is almost the same but they have that extra ”umph” in every dish they make and they tagged team with an excellent service from their staff members, what more can you asked for? .
Have you heard of Zerbian Lamb Rice? Neither have I.
21-27 Jalan Memanda 4, Taman Dato Ahmad Razali, 68000 Ampang, Selangor.
Tel: 03-4266 7630
Everyone is so friendly, they'll treat you like family.
Avoid the restrooms at all cost.
I have to admit, I found out about Arab Town from my friend Tim that lives just around the corner and he’s a Mat Salleh from New Zealand! I was a bit skeptical at first but he kept on raving about Arab Town’s irresistible Chicken Shawarma, which led me to try that and something quite alien to me which is their Zerbian Lamb Rice.
Arab Town has an extensive menu of Middle Eastern eats from most of the Gulf Countries including the rock stars Syria and Yemen, It’s like a Middle Eastern Food Wonderland guys! You can tell they put a lot of effort into making all of their dishes perfect every single time it leaves the kitchen and goes into your belly.
The locals flock this place for their juicy, succulent and fatty Chicken Shawarma. The best part is you can see the Kebab Grill right in front of the restaurant that is stacked with a 300 kg worth of cut, sliced and piled up combo of Chicken Thigh and Breast Meat (Match made in heaven). They packed the Shawarma with generous heaps of Chicken Meat, a bit of Tomatoes slices and Dill Pickle to cut of the “Jelakness” of the meat and believe it or not french fries, yes french fries not on the side but inside the Shawarma itself and it is only RM10 can you believe that?!
The other thing we tried was something totally alien to us which is the Zerbian Lamb Rice. It’s basically a Lamb dish that’s made with Saffron, Secret Spices, Basmati Rice and of course Lamb and it’s cooked low and slow for about 16 hours all in one pot and served with a bowl of Maraq (Lamb Broth) and a side of Sahawiq it’s kinda like a Mexican Salsa. The moment it got to our table, the first thing we noticed was the portion, it’s enough for 2 “banyak gila” you get that for RM19. But what got to us was how soft and tender the lamb is as it literally melts in our mouths and the rice was so flavourful but still delicate enough to not over power the lamb which makes it perfect.
To complete our Middle Eastern escapades, we ordered ourselves a pot of cooling mint tea to help cut through all the fatty but yummy food that we had earlier. They used a Yemeni staple tea called Al-Kabous and we were told that Al-Kabous have been making tea for more than 70 years and it's one of the best we've had so far.