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Ramadhan at Sailendra Restaurant - JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta

6/22/2015 Soya Yanagawa 0 Comments





Discover an exciting journey of Arabic dining experience on Sailendra Restaurant at JW Merriott Jakarta. in welcoming the Ramadan, Sailendra will take you to journey of delicacies from Morocco, Turkey, Lebanon and Pakistan to break the fast.

I am very grateful that I was invited to food tasting with famous foodies like Burhan Abe, Ellyna Tjohnardi, Rian Farisa, Theresia, Yenny, AlineIcha and Aaron Handajani. That day, I was introduced with delicacies from Morocco.


ARABIC MEZZAH
Hummus | Babaganush | Fatoush | Tabuleh | Zabneh Feta
Mutabe | Imam Bayildi | and Pita Bread


I learn a lot when I went to Sailendra Restaurant that day. One of the most interesting menu is their Arabic Mezzah. Mezzah came from Meze or mezze which is a selection of small dishes served as appetizers before the main dish in the Near East and the Balkans.

Peta bread was served along the hummus, baba ganoush, fatoush, tabuleh, zabneh feta, mutabe and Imam bayildi. I asked to my friend how to eat this mezzah. He said that you just put the ingredients into the pita bread's pocket and eat it.

HUMMUS
It has a right balance of lemon, chickpea and garlic flavors. It was creamy, smooth and has wonderful consistency.

BABAGANUSH
Well, baba ganush is a Levantine dish of cooked eggplant mixed with onions, tomatoes, olive oil and various seasonings. It has a soft and moist textures. It taste mild and has smokey fragrant and taste.

FATOUSH
Fattoush is a Levantine bread salad made from toasted or fried pieces of pita bread combined with mixed greens and other vegetables, such as lettuce, radish and tomato.

Fattoush includes vegetables and herbs according to season and taste. The vegetables are cut into relatively large pieces compared to tabbouleh which requires ingredients to be finely chopped. Staghorn sumac is usually used to give fattoush its sour taste.

TABULEH
Tabbouleh is a Levantine vegetarian dish (sometimes considered a salad) traditionally made of tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur and onion, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Some variations add garlic or lettuce, or use couscous instead of bulgur.

Tabbouleh is traditionally served as part of a mezze in the Arab world. Variations of it are made by Turks and Armenians, and it has become a popular ethnic food in Western cultures.

Sailendra add crouton on this dish, so the textures become rich and mesmerizing.

ZABNEH FETA
Zabneh means strain yoghurt or yoghurt cheese. It has mild and tender textures with strong sour-savoriness. Labneh is a popular mezze dish and sandwich ingredient. With the perfect quantity of olive oil, really complement the strong savoriness from the cheese.

MUTABE
Similar to baba ghaoush is another Levantine dish mutabbal/mutabe, which also includes mashed cooked aubergines and tahini, and mixed with salt, pepper, olive oil, and anar seeds. Mutabbal is sometimes said to be a spicier version of baba ghanoush.



For the Fritters, Sailendra served us with Falafel, cheese samosa and Beef samosa.

FALAFEL
Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. I really love the textures. It has a wonderful crunchy textures and fragrant.

CHEESE & BEEF SAMOSA
A samosa is a fried or baked pastry with savory filling. Indeed, the samosas were quite small and can easily eat in one bite. but do not underestimate this fritters. It has wonderful crunchy textures from the exterior and indulging savory with moist texture on the inside.




SORBAT ADDAS
Sorbat addas or Lentil soup refers to a variety of vegetarian and meat soups made with lentils. It has a a thick grainy textures with an indulging savory-sweetness. To add croutons on the dish, could be genius.. coz it enrich the textures.




MOROCCAN MEATBALLS WITH TOMATO

Actually, it almost reminds me to meatballs Bolognese sauce. It has a wonderful taste of tomato paste, and beautiful fragrant from the herbs. The lemon adds some acidity on the dish with an indulging aftertaste from the olives.





CHICKEN TAGINE WITH OLIVE AND LEMON 

This Chicken Tangine was enriched with olive fragrant and lemony tangy taste. It produce a wonderful sensation on my palate. The broth really warm and indulging. hint of turmeric, and cumin really cleans your mouth from heavy and oily dish. This Chicken Tagine is one of my favorite.





BRAISED SNAPPER FILLET IN TOMATO

The fishy smell from the snapper was neutralized with the sourness of the tomato. It taste really refreshing and delish. The herbs adds some fragrant on the dish. But If they have bolder taste, might become one of my favorite dish.



BRAISED CHICKEN WINGS WITH CORIANDER LEAF, TOMATO AND LEMON JUICE

This is my most favorite dish that night! The tender and juicy chicken wings were complemented with an outstanding fragrant from the coriander. Such an eye-opener dish that really indulge your tastebuds. The sour and savory flavor really fit to my palate. One piece will never be enough...




PAKISTAN BEEF KOTA AND CHICKEN

This beef kota and chicken has a great textures. It has a wonderful crispy consistency and savory taste. For me, this beef kota was a little bit too dry. If it has a moist or juicy interior, it could be more delicious.




MOROCCAN SPICE LAMB SHANK WITH PRESERVE LEMON AND PRUNES

This lamb shank is the star of the night. the meat was easily separated from the bones. It has an outstanding tenderness and juiciness. But maybe, the spiciness was suited to Sailendra Restaurant's customers. Because for me, the herbs and spiciness can be bolder. But overall, this lamb shank was my second favorite dish at Sailendra.





COUS COUS WITH CHICKEN, LEMON AND RAISIN

Couscous is derived from the Berber seksu or kesksu, meaning "well rolled", "well formed", or "rounded". It is a traditional Berber dish of semolin which is traditionally served with a meat or vegetable stew spooned over it.

OK, to tell you the truth, Cous Cous is not my most favorite dish. It was dry and a little bland for my palate. Maybe because I rather choose the lamb shank or the chicken wings haha...




EGGPLANT AND TOMATOES

This eggplant and tomatoes actually my less favorite dish tonight. I do really love eggplant, but I am struggling to taste the spices and taste. All I can taste was a mushy eggplant and crunchy almond.




LEBANESE BEEF MAKLOUBI

Maqluba is a traditional dish of Jordan and Palestine. The dish includes meat, rice, and fried vegetables placed in a pot, which is then flipped upside down when served , hence the name maqluba, which translates literally as "upside-down".

It has a wonderful and strong fragrant. I really love the turmeric scent and sweet raisins that combined beautifully and complementing each uther. The almond and cashew enrich the makloube. Such as a mesmerizing dish at Sailendra.




UM ALI
This Egyptian dessert has an unique textures and taste. The texture was soft and fluffy, but not velvety. It has a lumpy texture not grainy. Really admire the coconut taste on this dish. complemented with the sweet pistachio.


FUN FACT
Legend has it that Om Ali was the first wife of the sultan Ezz El Din Aybek. When the sultan died, his second wife had a dispute with Om Ali, resulting in the second wife's death. To celebrate, Om Ali made this dessert and distributed it among the people of the land.



BAKLAVA
For a baklava, Sailendra's Baklava was a little bit to pale. But it taste marvelous. Indeed, Baklava usually taste extremely sweet like me, but this baklava has a decent sweetness that makes me want to eat and eat it again.



KATAYEF

Qatayef is an Levantine dessert commonly served during the month of Ramadan, a sort of sweet dumpling filled with cream or nuts. I have learned that desserts from middle east has a very sweet taste. Just like this Katayef from Sailendra. But still, it taste too sweet for me.





Break your last week of fasting with delicacies from Middle East at Sailendra Restaurant during Holy Ramadan month.

1st Week of Ramadan (until 25 June 2014)
Moroccan Breakfasting dishes

2nd Week of Ramadan (26 June - 2 July 2014)
Turkish Breakfasting dishes

3rd Week of Ramadan (3 -9 July 2014)
Mediterranean Breakfasting dishes

4th Week of Ramadhan (10-16 July 2015)
Pakistanis Breakfasting dishes 






Start planning your breakfasting gathering with family, friends and colleagues at JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta. 


SAILENDRA RESTAURANT

JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta
Jl. DR. Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung
Kav. E.12 no. 1&2
Mega Kuningan Central Business District
Jakarta 12950

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