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Buffet at Al-Amar Lebanese Restaurant @ Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur

Friday, September 09, 2011
I have never try any Lebanese cuisine and this is definitely my virgin experience to try Lebanese cuisine. First came to my mind was is it going to be spicy type and quite similar to Indian cuisine? Ahh well, authentic Lebanese cuisine is a rich mixture of various products and ingredients sourced from all over Lebanon. Olive oil, herbs and spices, fresh fruits and vegetables are commonly used, as well as dairy products, cereals, fishes and meats. A typical Lebanese menu comprises of hot and cold mezzes, grills and stews accompanied by freshly prepared Pita bread.
Al-Amar Lebanese Cuisine
Interior of Al-Amar
Upon stepping into Al-Amar Lebanese Restaurant, am truly amazed by the interior and ambiance of the restaurant itself. Looking at the buffet spread lies on the table definitely enticing and I just couldn't wait to try them! While waiting for others, we had some chit-chat session with Mr Ralph Zeidan, Director of Sales and Marketing regarding the history of Al-Amar Lebanese Restaurant and how it expanded the business. Mr Joseph Sabeh came and joined us later on. It was really interesting.


All of us were introduced to each foods since we couldn't understand the language by Chef Pierre Chahda. Some looked not attractive to me yet I was pretty surprised with the taste of it! I mentioned the mezze earlier on, well it is actually an array of small dishes and it is similar to what we called as appetizers. Let's look into what we had on that afternoon.

Hummus
Hummus, mashed chickpeas mixed with sesame seed paste and a dash of lemon juice, topped with olive oil. It is perfectly matched with the freshly prepared pita bread. 


When all of us trying to figure out what is chickpeas, Chef Pierre then show us how chickpeas look like and great we are all surprised and yes they need not just few grams but kilograms of chickpeas to prepare the hummus!
Moutabal
Moutabal, mashed aubergine mixed with sesame seed paste and a dash of lemon juice , topped with olive oil. It is quite similar to the hummus where we going to eat it with pita bread. 

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Quiche
Quiche, an oven-baked made with eggs and milk or cream in a pastry crust. The pastry shell is usually blind-baked before the other ingredients are added. While other ingredients such as cooked chooped meat, vegetables, or cheese are often added to the egg mixture before the quiche is baked.
Fattouch
Fattouch, a refreshing mixture of tomato, cucumber, lettuce, radish, mint leaves and rockets served with Al-Amar special sumac dressing. I like this! Well, it's good to try different types of salads.
Assorted Mixed Pastries
The Assorted Mixed Pastries prepared with three different types of pastries which are the cheese rolls, beef sambousik and also the spinach fatayer. The cheese roll tasted so nice and special for the pastry stuffed with Lebanese homemade cheese. The beef sambousik is where the minced beef meat and spices stuffed into the fried dough, it's tasted quite dry to my liking though. Spinach fatayer is the fried dough stuffed with baby spinach, onion and a zest of lemon.
Tabbouleh
Tabbouleh, a spicy mix of fresh parsley, tomatoes, onions, bulgur wheat and green chilli topped with lemon, olive oil and spices. It doesn't look really inviting it tasted nice and well I just love tomatoes. 


Salmon Caesar Salad
The Salmon Caesar Salad one of my favorite I would say. It's maybe because I love salmon and most importantly it prepared freshly. So yea, I had second helping of this.

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Shall we go into the main course now? There were two types of rice served on that afternoon, the plain steamed rice and also the tomato and beef fried rice. I love texture of the rice so much! Well, it is definitely not local one but imported from Lebanon! 
Tomato & Beef Fried Rice
I love the tenderness of chicken meat in Chicken Tikka Masala. The taste went so well with the fried rice and I had more than one serving on that day! It is just simply delicious!
Chicken Tikka Masala
Seafood Thermidor
Chick Barak
Chicken Piri Piri
Spinach Stew
Broccoli & Cheddar Soup
If you love pasta, you gonna love the Ravioli in Creamy Pesto Sauce! It is simply yummy with the pesto sauce.  Eric and I enjoyed eating it and even spread some sauce onto the pita bread to eat with. 
Ravioli in creamy Pesto Sauce
I actually quite curious about what kind of dessert will be served for the dessert and yes everything seems soooo inviting and I can't wait to indulge myself with them!! 

Baklawa - Traditional Lebanese sweet
Strawberry Mousse




Peach Mousse
My most favorite still the Chocolate Mousse! It tasted wonderful and differently from those chocolate mousse I have eaten before. 
Chocolate Mousse
There were drinks provided and I love the refreshing lime juice. It was really one of the great experience to get to dine in Al-Amar and my tummy was so happy stuffed with the Lebanese foods.
Drinks
Thanks for having us for that afternoon and both Eric and I enjoyed the foods. It was really nice get to meet everyone at there. 

Group picture
Joseph, Me, Ralph
I have enjoyed the Lebanese cuisine, what are you waiting for? Curious of how it taste like and wanted to try it but think it is quite pricey? Fret not, head to I Love Discount and grab this buffet deal now before it ends! You can get 31% Off which is only going to cost you RM52 instead of RM75.40 for Sunday Lunch Buffet at Al-Amar Lebanese Cuisine at Pavilion KL and it comes with Unlimited Soft Drinks and Juices! 

Al-Amar Lebanese Cuisine
Address : Lot 6.10, Level-6, Pavilion, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan.
Tel : 03 - 9281 5855
Website : www.al-amar.com

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