Lebanese Cusine in Kuala Lumpur: Al-Amar

30 Dec

I had initially wanted to dine at a street-level, local restaurant in Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle district, but was turned off by questionable cleanliness standards – I wasn’t sure my North American stomach could handle it. I ended up stumbling upon Al-Amar in the shiny Pavillion Kuala Lumpur mall. Only later did I find out that the restaurant has won awards in the Time Out KL Food Awards in the past four consecutive years and is ranked in the top 20 of over 1000 KL restaurants on TripAdvisor. It may very well be Kuala Lumpur’s best Lebanese restaurant.

Our meal kicked off with complementary pita bread served with olive oil and spices for dipping.


Kebbeh Kras is a delicious hot mezze: minced meat, onions and pine nuts are stuffed in a ground beef and bulgur wheat shell, and then fried. The shell is crispy on the outside, reminiscent of a falafel. The only thing that would have made this dish better would have been a bit of cool cucumber raita.

Ground beef fritters

Lamb Mechwe is a platter of 3 large grilled lamb skewers marinated with spices. The lamb pieces are served between two large grilled pita, and topped with onions.

Lamb kabobs

We also ordered the half grilled chicken, which was marinated in a garlic lemon sauce. The portion was equally as large – three large sheets of pounded chicken served between grilled pita.  Unfortunately, the chicken was not de-boned, so it was a bit challenging to eat.

The Final Word: Al-Amar serves large portions of delicious, marinated meats in a spacious and elegant dining room. It’s a good place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Address: Level 6, Pavillion, 55100 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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