Naab, Bukit Bintang1 Jan 2012
Not to be confused with Middle Eastern cuisine, Iranian – or Persian – food is actually very similar. Lots of kebabs, dips, salads and so forth. Plus, on closer inspection of the menu at Naab, apparently, spaghetti and other western meals.
Naab isn’t just an Iranian restaurant. It is an Iranian restaurant in one of the most strategic locations for passing traffic in Kuala Lumpur. Hence, they have to cater to diners from all over the world. It is sad that they have so many people eat there who aren’t interested in Iranian food, doubly so as their core dishes are of very good standards.
I can’t help but wish they would remove all non-Iranian dishes from the menu and force guests to enjoy their kebabs, salads and dips as, even the least sophisticated palette couldn’t be disappointed by what they would be served.
I wasted no time in ordering the lamb shanks, which were tender and packed with flavour. There is nothing like a well-cooked lamb shank and this was up there with pretty much any I have had in KL. Delicious.
Before that, we had laid siege upon a selection of dips and bread. The baba ghanoosh didn’t look up to much to begin with, but was exceptional. The tabouleh and hummus were also very good and a polite battle took place over who could rip off pieces of bread quickest to enjoy the dips.
In addition we ordered kebabs, with equally glowing reports of the lamb and chicken, apparently very tasty and well-cooked. Not that I was allowed a bite to test it for myself, but the satisfied murmurs told their own story.
The most satisfying thing was that, in spite of its location in the tourist belt, and the possibility that many passing diners would not be familiar with Persian cuisine, and the fact that the Iranian community in Malaysia is not exactly substantial, the food on offer at Naab is 100 per cent authentic. And, more to the point, it is also 100 per cent delicious.
130 Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL
Tel: 03–2143 3949