Tired of Western and Oriental cuisines? Why not try something different like Mediterranean cuisine which can be found in Damansara Heights. MALIQA is a Mediterranean restaurant with an interesting story behind it. The name MALIQA is the female derivation, a term of Arabic origin used in Persia as the title for a Queen consort.
As mentioned earlier, MALIQA has a story theme.
There was once a beautiful and talented Queen from a far exotic land, whom by no fault of her own was forced into exile in a country called Malaysia. Forced to flee from her opulent palace, the Queen had only time to whisk a few suites of her furniture, Parisian couture, prized cookbooks and her most loyal kitchen staff.
Dreaming of the past fabulous parties and royal palace majlis, where our Queen had personally supervised on every menu and down to the last detail, she longed to re-live the gastronomic experience that the royal kitchen had produced. Determined to share this with the world, the Queen proceeded to assemble a restaurant called Maliqa – a cosy establishment offering exotic Mediterranean and North Asian cuisine employing secret recipes meant to arouse love and a quiet fulfillment.
Hence the tagline “Soul Food Fit For a King” was coined, as what we serve at Maliqa are indeed cuisine for Kings and Queens…
And here in MALIQA, you will be dining like Prince of Persia, or Princess. A step into MALIQA is like stepping into a different world. As you find the surroundings are decorated and filled with Turkish, Persian and royalty elements.
Souvenirs handmade from Istanbul
I’d like to say dining in MALIQA like a boss, but here you dine like a King.
The seating area at the first floor
View from top floor
They had weddings, banquets, gatherings held here and comfortably could accommodate approximately 50 persons at one session.
This was made into an aisle where the bride walks towards her groom. *inserts wedding entrance music*
Looking at the decorations and furnitures does make you wonder where on earth did they source for them. Especially the mirrors! Syed has his ways in pulling off the look in MALIQA. Truth to be told, one of the co-owners of the place won first in The Apartment!
Grape vine garden style
I don’t normally post up pictures of toilet, but when I do, it’s because I just want to share this.
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Food here is Halal and handled by Muslims, so, Muslim friends can dine here rest assured.
As a welcoming drink, we were served with Ayran is a type of Turkish cold drink made of yoghurt and honey. It is a type of yoghurt drink which is very tasty and refreshing. It tasted like those commercial yoghurt drink but tastes better and more concentrated. This is not found in the menu, but you can try requesting for it. It is freshly made upon order.
Pirincli Yoghurt & Corbasi @ RM12.90
Spicy Seafood Soup @ RM10.90
Dinner kickstart with MALIQA’s soup specialties. We had Pirincli Yoghurt and Corbasi and Spicy Seafood Soup. I enjoyed the Pirincli Yoghurt and Corbasi soup. The soup is made of mixed chicken soup cooking with yogurt and rice. It is my first time having a yoghurt based soup and it is refreshingly good and love the tangy end taste from yoghurt. As for the Spicy Seafood Soup, it is a combination of spicy seafood soup and tomato base, and I find it a little bland for my liking but enjoyed the fresh seafood in it.
Funghi Fritta Fried Mushroom @ RM13.90
Bruschetta Beef @ RM10.90
For starters, we had a fair share of Funghi Fritta Fried Mushroom and Bruschetta Beef. The Funghi Fritta Fried Mushroom which is lightly battered and deep fried is served with MALIQA’s special homemade tartar sauce which is incredibly great to dip with. The Bruschetta Beef is a nice tapas to start off before the main course, with beef bacon topped with mushroom and melted mozzarella cheese.
Pizza Andalusia @ RM23.90
Here, in MALIQA, they serve quite a variety of pizza (choice of 15, price ranging from RM15.90 to 36.90). The Pizza Andalusia consists of Margheritta topped with beef pepperoni, green pepper, black olives and fresh mushroom. A balance mixture of meat and veggies. Crispy crust and generous toppings.
Moussaka is an eggplant based dish and it is a popular Mediterranean dish, somewhat similiar to a Lasagna. The moussaka is made of layers of eggplant baked with ground beef and mozzarella cheese. A recommended dish for sharing, also a must have here in MALIQA.
Risotto Salmon @ RM20.90
The Risotto Salmon is an Italian rice cooked with fresh salmon, chilies and tomato sauce. A simple yet delicious dish.
Lamb Shank @ RM39.90
The Lamb Shank is cooked with fresh vegetables in tomato cream soup and served with rice. A dish on its own. The meat is fall off the bone tender and has a strong lamb smell. To those who loves lambish dish, this is recommended.
Maliqa House Steak @ RM46.90
Another interesting dish from the menu is Maliqa House Steak, where the beef steak is served with cheese, mushroom with homemade sauce and poached veggies and potatoes.
Dessert of the day @ RM7.90 – Yogurt Panna Cotta
Tiramisu Cake @ RM8.90
Apple Crumble @ RM8.90
As for the desserts, the dessert of the day was Yogurt Panna Cotta and I enjoyed very much. Accompanied with Tiramisu Cake which I find it a bit hard as the middle content was still frozen and the Apple Crumble was perfect, served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
Apart from the ala carte menu, MALIQA is having lunch set promo which ranges from RM9.90 to RM38.90. The lunch sets comes with soup of the day, choice of main course and drinks. I’m looking forward to try their lunch set with my colleagues as my office is not too far away.
Maliqa Mediterranean Restaurant
No 49, Jalan Medan Setia 1,
50490 Damasara Heights, KL
Tel: +603 2095 0002
Mon – Sun: 11.00 am – 3.00 pm, 6.00 pm – 10.30pm
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