When I saw the makan voucher/ promo for Red Onion at Bangsar, the main issue I have was – oh..what about the parking ? And a few weeks later when we wanted to redeem the voucher, the same question cropped up when we were pusing-pusing-ing around Bangsar looking for a parking space. Anywy, lucky that Bangsar had a large residence area, we managed to find a parking space way way behind Jalan Telawi 5 of a Telawi somewhere and had to walk under the hot sun..the sacrifices we make for food huh ? err..well, at least I do not have to run around in a loin-cloth ( not an appetizing sight as well) with a spear or a club to clobber some mammoth or a wildebeest and after that having to start a fire to cook my meal..well, a bit of a hot sun didn’t do anyone any harm..so, I shouldn’t grumble…
Red Onion specializes in Arabian and Pakistani cuisine. Our visit was on a Sunday and the lunch hour at Red Onion was quiet to say the least, apart from the two of us, there was only one other guest at the restaurant. The setting at Red Onion was nice and cozy.The menu
For drinks, we asked for plain water (as drinks were not part of the vouchers, us- cheapskate wanna save a bit lah) but was told that, Nope, they do not serve plain water and what they can offer is mineral water. A quick flick of the menu, this costs RM5 for a small bottle, so we decide to go for ice lemon tea ( RM5) instead and the waiter recommended us to try Tea with hot milk which according to him was better than teh tarik. Ok, we will try that..
The promotion for the vouchers came with a salad, 2 soups and two main course, we can’t chose the soup but were given a few options for the main course, we decided to go for the Shesh Tawok from the Arabic cuisine and Red Onion Special Chicken from the Pakistani cuisine. Apart from Arab and Pakistani cuisine, Red Onion also serves Vegetarian, Chinese – chicken Manchurian and Chicken Shashlick – I don’t know how Chinese are these, I guess Manchuria is in China, so that qualifies, as for Shashlick..me no idea one; Western – steak, spaghetti or lasagna, Rice dishes – fried rice, Buryani, mushroom rice, Muglai rice etc
The green salad ( RM5) : at the centre of the salad was a very much dried up and shriveled green chili which I guess might have seen better days. From a scale of 1 to 10, I will give a zero for the presentation of this salad, there are soooo many ways to make this dish prettier and more appetizing.
Shesh Tawok (RM24) was cubes of grilled chicken and vegetables served with rice. I looked up the WWW, shesh means skewered and tawok is chicken and from wikipedia the common marinades are based upon yogurt or a tomato puree, though there are many variations. The chicken cubes were tender and the meat was fragrant. This was nice. The serving was rather generous.
Red Onion Special Chicken (RM 22), we ordered some plain nan to go with this dish. Taste wise- I had to remind myself not to compare with our local curry, but for ease of reference that is what I am going to do, the ‘curry’ is much lighter i.e not as rich as our curry and this was also not spicy. Taste wise- not bad. The nan was nice and fluffy.
The staff were friendly, we had two of them came by our table to ask us about how we like the food . According to the Manager who came by for a chat at the end of our meal, Red Onion started business about 6 months ago and lunch during the weekends are always slow because people like to sleep in after a late night and they do much better business during dinner time. When I commented that it was difficult to get a parking space, En. Khalid said that the diners could call them 15 minutes before their arrival and red Onion can reserve a parking spot for the patrons. Red Onion is a halal restaurant – En Khalid told us that a Pakistani restaurant would be halal. And we were also told that the chef was formerly working at JW Marriot.
Before we left the restaurant, En Khalid thrust 2 of their pamphlets ( what you see below) into my hands, from the pamphlets- Red Onion also does home delivery and there are no delivery charges .
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