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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