Price Range : Mid-range
Cuisine : A fusion of Middle Eastern and North Indian
Recommended For : Large gatherings (meals here are much better shared)
Catphobia-Friendly? : Yeah!
Omar Khayam has been around, in that same very spot, for at least three decades now and is one of those rare places that still manage to retain the same tastes we used to love from back in the days. For many people, this was one of those places our parents used to take us for those special occasion dinners (The only unfortunate thing is their new decor... long gone are their grand mirrored walls adorned with intricate mosaics, now they are painted a tacky orange-brown).
If you’re looking for good food at good value, this is the place. We highly recommend the Chicken Briyani (RM10) and Mutton Briyani (RM10), of which one portion is more than enough to feed at least two persons comfortably. Glistening long grain rice with its heavenly scent of a medley of spices, served with tender pieces of chicken or slightly spicy mutton cubes.
Their naans are amazing as well! Their Garlic Naan (RM4) is pretty good, but if you prefer something a little more indulgent, you can’t go wrong with the Cheese Naan (RM4): rich, silky cheese oozing out of every bite of the soft, puffy bread.
Some accompaniment recommendations to go with these crazy-yummy carbs? Butter Chicken (RM9) is one of favourite dishes here: tender chicken slices cooked in spicy butter-masala gravy. Their fried selections are pretty interesting too; we always go for the Prawn Fry (RM8), shrimps fried with curry leaves and squeeze of lime. For veges, their Brinjal (RM7) dish is worth a try, in which the sliced eggplants are cooked in a thick, spicy curry base.
Prawn Fry: May not look like much, and yet remains a staple on our table every time
Dhal and brinjals to go with the rice and naans
Wash it all down with a rich, smooth glass of Mango Lassi (RM7). If you prefer something hot, perhaps you’d find solace in a cup of Masala Tea (RM4.50).
Restoran Omar Khayam
5 Jalan Medan Tuanku
50300 Kuala Lumpur
Parking is quite a hassle here! The nearest LRT station, Bandaraya, is about a ten-minute walk away.