Thursday, May 24, 2007

Al Petra

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"Been somewhere exotic lately?" No, this is just a very authentic arabic cafe opened in the middle of Tsim Sha Tsui. As you probably know that I am fond of exotic cusine and have even famously cooked a middle eastern feast for 12 people all by myself in those days in England. There is a little Arabic grocery in the seedy district of Nottingham which equipped with all the strange spice I needed then. Back in Hong Kong, I have never found satisfying middle eastern food, the up market restaurants in Soho just doesn't really feel right. My shish kebab should be down to earth, straight forwardly delivered with a street food touch. That is before the arrival of Al Petra, opened by two Jordanian and cooked by a former five star hotel Jordanian chef. The tiny cafe occupied the last shop on a dead end street and the knock down front wall layout enhance the ambiance of a street cafe from Marrakesh. The night I was there, a group of Indian youth were smoking sheesha and playing card around a table on the pavement. What about the food, it was simply like the best of the best I get from anywhere around the Arabian Sea. The best bit was the chicken kebab, they've marinated the chicken for 2 days and the taste of the spice fused with the meat was astounding. And can't go without mentioning that one of the owner is a DJ and no doubt the Arabian pop music also help fooling my brain to imagine that I have just taken a little trip half way around the world.

20 comments:

Resorts Blog said...

Those pictures of the food really look delicious. The most important thing is that it is healthy. I have never tried arabic food but those pictures gave me the motivation. I need to make a reservation with my family to go to an Arabic restaurant. Hopefully I can find a good one.

ahdont said...

i will definately give it a try then. was it pricey? and don't forget the donar kebab too.

Gabs Lau said...

it is okay, a kebab main dish was around $150, we shared the $250 mixed kebab. Have I ever went smoking sheesha pipe with you before?

BTW my duathlon was cancelled last week.

Alex said...

mmm my mouth is watering...
Why the duathlon got cancel?

Gabs Lau said...

cause of thunderstorm, but it is back on this sunday.

u know who said...

but tomorrow looks like it's going to rain again. i saw lightning after u went to sleep wor

Anonymous said...

Hey i was just wondering, where exactly is this place? my friends and I are looking for a really authentic arabic restaurant in Hong Kong and it looks like we've found it.

Gabs Lau said...

Kimberley Road, TST, at the back door of St Mary's College

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