Kuala Lumpur - Mediterranean-Arabic Options at Maliqa, Damansara Heights
Just over a year old, Maliqa at Damansara Heights offers a mix of Arabic and Mediterranean cuisine. What we tried this evening:
- Caesar salad: Nice dressing on crisp lettuce. Beef bacon chips (this is a "halal" restaurant) and anchovies lent some flavours. The croutons were too hard. No poached egg nor shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, which is disappointing.
- Funghi fritta, essentially mushrooms rolled in Panko crumbs and deep-fried, served with a tartare sauce dip. This was okay.
- Chicken paella: the roasted chicken was fine, but lacked a crispy skin which I'd have liked. The "paella" rice was more like a stodgy Italian mushroom risotto, extremely creamy, with a faint tarragon scent.
- Greek moussaka - layered aubergines with minced beef was extremely liquidy. Generous amounts of cheese, and the stewed tomato flavours were quite nice.
Overall, a pretty average meal - perhaps the restaurant should just decide on *one* cuisine and strive towards perfecting the dishes for that, instead of a mish-mash of pseudo-Spanish, French, Greek, Italian items.
Maliqa @ Plaza Damansara
49 Jalan Medan Setia 1
50490 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2095 0002