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“Finally...'real' middle-eastern experience”

Al Andalus Arabian Restaurant
Ranked #116 of 652 Restaurants in Kota Kinabalu
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Grill
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Our group (3 families with young children) dined at al-andalus during our stay in Kota Kinabalu and given that 4 of us are from Lebanon we decidedly had high expectations after a disastrous visit to a pseudo-Arabic restaurant (also in Kota Kinabalu) the previous evening. Upon our arrival the staff were courteous and very quick in assembling a group of tables to accomodate us. When we asked what specials they had we were approached by the chef and owner (from Syria) who politely exchanged a few words with us and 'tailored' our dinner from A to Z.

We started with 2 platters of starters consisting of humus, taboule, fattosh and saj bread and then proceeded to the main dish consisting of lamb fillet accompanied by kabsa rice and various sauces which was so delicious that we continued to talk about it later on our way back to our hotel. The children all wanted a kebab and then ate some dessert (basbosa/creme caramel?). We topped-off the dinner with some turkish coffee and mint-tea which was offered by the owner at no extra charge.

We ate very well and felt comfortable with the homely feeling which the staff and chef showed us. The ingredients were fresh (they used real olive oil..not canola or palm/coconut oil) and dishes were well presented. Compared to the previous evening's dinner at the other arabic restaurant it was like going from hell to heaven.

Prices were acceptable and in the mid-range. We ate outdoors as we preferred the fresh breeze.

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Reviewed 30 July 2014

From the outside, this restaurant near to the Centre Point does not look particularly inviting. However, we are glad we did not let this put us off trying this fantastic restaurant.

Between us, we had falafel, baba ghanoush, salad and chicken and lamb shawarma. All of the food was delicious and was served quickly and in generous portions. Along with some freshly-made fruit juices, this feast cost less than £20 for two, which was great value for a very tasty and satisfying meal.

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

We had Hummus for starters and it was good. For main course we had two kebabs, another one lamb and another one chicken. Both were really good. Staff was helpful and happy to serve. We were the only customers, but this restaurant beats many busier restaurants in KK 6-0.

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1  Thank Hannu-Pekka
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Service is always great. One of my favourite restos in KK. I particularly like their hummus and Sheesh Tauq (chicken kebab). They serve great sandwiches too which like a wrap ideal for a quick light bite, anytime. They also serve a variety of basmati rice dishes, healthy and not greasy. Good value and ingredients are fresh to serve.

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1  Thank Sweetooph
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Just go.

Honestly the food is incredible, great for meat eaters and veggies alike, and is incredibly inexpensive for how delicious it is.

Meal for 2 came to only ~25 MYR and we practically waddled away from the restaurant because we were so full.

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2  Thank monkeylover34
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