Best Nasi Arab in KL

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When we mention about Middle Eastern cuisine, what would spring to mind is the Nasi Arab dishes - or we would call, the Arabic version of Nasi Briyani. Aside from the rice, the star attraction would be the succulent chicken or lamb. Nasi Arab is definitely not for the faint-hearted because the portion… well, let’s just say it can feed more than one person. Here are the places in KL which you can catch this amazing dish!

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    Ala’uddin Arabic CuisinePork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    If you never knew authentic Nasi Arab, you will now. Ala’uddin is a little shop that whips up fresh and homemade dishes, which includes their Mandy Rice, served with your choice of Mandy Chicken and Lamb or Hameeth Chicken and Lamb. But one thing is for sure- they all taste excellent; with meat so tender it falls of the bone just by a gentle tug, saffron rice so vibrant and opulent, and a side of balmy chilli sauce. 

    Tips

    It’s located across the road from KFC.

    Things to expect

    Fresh, homemade, and authentic Arab food.

    Best with

    Shawarma Chicken

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM15.00

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    Ala'uddin Arabic Cuisine View restaurant

    Jalan 26/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480, Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur
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    01111008700

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:00AM—11:00PM
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    D’ Arab StationPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Unlike most gourmet Middle Eastern restaurants serving Nasi Arab cuisine, D’ Arab Station is more of a contemporary fast food joint. Here, you have a choice of nine combo sets (either chicken or lamb) ranging from individual “Quarter Chicken Meal” to the family-sized “Friend Mixed Meal”. Despite its cheap price, they never skimp on the quality. The rice is moist, while the roasted chicken is nicely seasoned.
    Tips

    The restaurant also offers home delivery service.

    Things to expect

    Affordable meal, small place.

    Best with

    Syawarma Chicken or Lamb Kebab.

    Price

    RM13.00 to RM93.00

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    D’ Arab Station View restaurant

    36, Jalan Damai Raya 2, Alam Damai, 56000, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur
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    0391083330

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
    10:00AM—11:00PM
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    10:00AM—01:00PM
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    02:30PM—11:00PM
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    Restoran Taj HadramawtPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Located in the established Taman Melati Utama neighbourhood, Restoran Taj Hadramawt has been around since 2011. Of course, no Middle Eastern cuisine would be complete without savouring their mouthwatering rice selection. For instance, their Lamb Madghout comes highly recommended. Thanks to its secret infusion of Taj Hadramawt’s very own special spices, the rice and the lamb are well combined using pressure-cooker technique. As a result, the rice comes out fluffy and the lamb is soft enough to the bite.
    Tips

    Parking can be troublesome around the area, so it’s best to arrive early during the non-peak hours.

    Things to expect

    It’s advisable to come with an empty stomach since the portion is big.

    Best with

    Barbican Malt Beverage.

    Price

    RM17.00 to RM40.00

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    Restoran Taj Hadramawt View restaurant

    45G, Jalan Melati Utama 4, Taman Melati Utama, 53100, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur
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    0341063323

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    12:00PM—12:00AM
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    Al-Rawsha RestaurantPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Located near the roundabout on Kampung Pandan area, Al-Rawsha Restaurant is instantly recognisable with its unique castle-like building. The menu is extensive, with must-try entrées like the Mandy and Kabsa rice dishes. Fans of Nasi Arab will be delighted with the classic Chicken Mandy's aromatic spice-infused baked rice oozes and the tender chicken with dipping sauce.
    Tips

    Delivery service is also available within the KL area.

    Things to expect

    Big portion, good for sharing.

    Best with

    Mint tea.

    Price

    RM17.00 to RM45.00

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    Al-Rawsha Restaurant View restaurant

    8, Jalan Kampung Pandan, 55100, Kampung Pandan , Kuala Lumpur
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    0392006600

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    24-hours
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    Saba Restaurant @ Dataran JelatekHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Strategically located on the main road of Jalan Jelatek and opposite LRT Setiawangsa, Saba is a haven for Nasi Arab lovers. Whether you opt for their succulent Chicken Kabsa or the tender Lamb Mandi (Mandy) rice selection, you can expect a tasty meal infused with just the right amount of herbs and spices.
    Tips

    You can also visit their branch at Cyberjaya.

    Things to expect

    Depending on your rice selection, you can choose to order regular, large, quarter or half portion.

    Best with

    Adani Tea Pot.

    Price

    RM13.00 to RM37.00

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    Saba Restaurant @ Dataran Jelatek View restaurant

    1-01, Dataran Jelatek, Jalan Jelatek, 54200, Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur
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    0342512592

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    02:30PM—12:00AM
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:30AM—11:30PM
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    Al Diafah @ Sri PetalingPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Nestled within the busy stretch of Jalan Radin Anum populated by Chinese eateries, Al Diafah may look like an odd one out but this popular Middle Eastern restaurant knows a thing or two about dishing out tantalising Nasi Arab. First off, the Lamb Mendy (Mandy) rice is fragrantly awesome. Even if you’re not a fan of lamb, the Chicken Mendy is equally unmissable. Both dishes complement well with the accompanying homemade rice sauce.
    Tips

    Look out for the special offer promotion.

    Things to expect

    Thanks to its lavish Arabic setting, dining at Al Diafah feel as if you’re in a Middle Eastern country.

    Best with

    Arabic Tea.

    Price

    RM20.00 to RM35.00

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    Al Diafah Express View restaurant

    43-1 & 45-1, Jalan Radin Anum, 57000, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur
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    0390596237

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    11:00AM—11:00PM
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    Restoran SuriaPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Are you tight on budget, but dying to crave a plate of Nasi Arab? Then Restoran Suria is your lifesaver. For as low as RM6 per plate, you can savour Chicken Mandy rice set that comes with a quarter of delicious chicken. Not to mention the rice portion is big enough to satisfy your tummy!
    Tips

    The restaurant is located near Suria Wholesaler.

    Things to expect

    Limited menu.

    Best with

    Barbican Malt Beverage.

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM24.00

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    Restoran Suria View restaurant

    No. 388, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, 50100, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur
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    0326921108

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    09:00AM—12:00AM
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    Arabesque ExpressHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Arabesque Express may not be the most Arabic-looking place that one might expect it to be, but it is Arabesque enough in terms of looks to get the point across that it is indeed a Arabic restaurant. And underneath it's Arabesque-guise is a large and diverse menu that features but not limited to kebabs, shawarma wraps, hummus dips, and of course, the ever popular Nasi Arab that Malaysian's, both Malay ad non-Malay alike, that enjoy eating.

    Tips

    Look for a restaurant that looks Arabesque.

    Things to expect

    Great Arabic food for the dollar.

    Best with

    Arab rice with a kebab or hummus.

    Price

    Arabesque Express View restaurant

    Jalan Sultan, The 5 Elements Hotel, Kuala Lumpur 50000
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    0320221795

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
    12:00PM—12:00AM
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    02:30PM—12:00AM
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    Wadi Hadramawt RestaurantPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    This sought-after Middle Eastern restaurant is no stranger to some of the best Arabian rice dishes in the KL/Ampang area. If you love all things Mandy, then this is the place for you. Savour their Chicken Mandy, which is traditionally cooked using Taboon (underground oven) for three hours long. Rice is fragrant, while the chicken is baked to golden-brown perfection. If you are not up for the chicken dish, the lamb version is just as heavenly!
    Tips

    The restaurant also offers various catering services ranging from food delivery, corporation functions to wedding receptions.

    Things to expect

    Wonderful Arabic-like atmosphere, an ideal dining place with family and friends.

    Best with

    Arabic Tea with Mint.

    Price

    RM16.00 to RM50.00

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    Wadi Hadramawt Restaurant View restaurant

    226, Jalan Ampang, 50450, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
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    0342533333

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    Every day
    11:00AM—12:00AM
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    Hadramawt @ Jalan AmpangPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21Alco free 9fb1f2c65edc2c1eaf4e8b24402d108dd33cc2bc71f0fb0022a54c3c390a66c8

    Not to be confused with Wadi Hadramawt located at Jalan Ampang, this is another specialty restaurant serving authentic Yemeni and Middle Eastern cuisines. Both Chicken and Lamb Mandy rice set are recommended here. Thanks to the slow-cooked method using underground oven, the meat is both moist and tender.
    Tips

    Those who live in PJ can visit their branch at The Curve.

    Things to expect

    Huge portion - easily feeds 2-3 small eaters.

    Best with

    Arabic Tea.

    Price

    RM18.00 to RM25.00

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    Hadramawt Restaurant & Catering View restaurant

    314, Jalan Ampang, 50450, Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
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    0342560678

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    11:00AM—01:00AM
    Saturday, Sunday
    11:00AM—02:00AM
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    BBQ NightsPork free d90bfb235d64e73ff14d8ad65b89aaab71a3af43962907cb9cd494af0a63fa21

    We can't tell how much we struggled to not make a "Lawrence of Arabia" joke, because that's how good BBQ Nights really is as one of the most modern and minimalist Arabian restaurants that has graced the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur. Stacks of meat slow-roasted on a low heat to a large variety of meats traditionally grilled on a propane stove, it will always go well with a plate of Nasi Briyani that will sing a tune of Arabian cuisine on your tongue.

    Tips

    It tends to be busy usually at night.

    Things to expect

    Great Arabian food that is grilled.

    Best with

    Nasi Arab with any grilled meat of your choice.

    Price

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    BBQ Nights View restaurant

    W.G.1, West Wing, Menara Rohas Perkasa, 9, Jalan P. Ramlee, 50450, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321613500

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    12:00PM—12:00AM
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    Tarbush StarhillHalal a81b201f94b2180a29928950eefa06850871fc85c2ba8fcb39753bdbcdfb49cfCertified
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    Tarbush has been around Kuala Lumpur for the past twenty years and counting now, and still stands as one of the best Middle Eastern restaurants that has graced KL in recent memory. While the establishment has changed quite a lot in these past years, it's still speaks out with it's unbelievable food tasting just as good since the day it opened. These dishes include, but not limited to, kebabs, kebab wraps, hummus dips, grilled meats of all sorts, and Nasi Briyani a la Arabic-style!

    Tips

    Lots of parking, if you're willing to pay a little extra.

    Things to expect

    Great Arabic food still tasting good.

    Best with

    Briyani Rice with kebabs and hummus for dip.

    Price

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    Tarbush View restaurant

    No. 138, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100, City Center, Kuala Lumpur
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    0321428558

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    12:00PM—12:00AM
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