Aliyaa Island Restaurant & Bar
When it comes to Sri Lankan cuisine, Aliyaa is one of the best you can find in Klang Valley. Most of Aliyaa’s loyal customers turn to its crab dishes as they are one of the few that offers Sri Lankan crabs.
Located at Bukit Damansara now after they were forced to move out from their beautiful bungalow unit, Aliyaa is still offers the same quality food and services. I was invited to try out their new Seafood Galore menu.
Salted fish is one of the basic food in Sri Lanka as it is cheaper than other meat. It is one of the best protein sources they can get. To bring the flavours here, the new menu set is created for health conscious people.
There are six new dishes and they are authentic Sri Lankan cuisine. The chef didn’t localise the flavour so this is as close as you can get for a Sri Lankan cuisine.
Prawn Cocktail a la Arugambay
If you want a cocktail in style, it should be done properly. The freshly marinated prawns were drizzled with Aliyaa’s homemade dressing sauce that came with hint of hotness. One is not enough, trust me.
The appetizer was served cold and accompanied with the julienne vegetables that added crunchiness to the depth of texture.
Chef lightly braised the succulent scallop and paired it with a medley of onions and tomatoes that covered in coconut flakes and pinch of black pepper. I like the interesting mix of natural flavours that highlighted with a dash of fresh lime. Thus, the fresh scallops they use didn’t disappoint me.
I learn something new about salted fish. Being a Chinese, the usage of salted fish is completely different than Sri Lankans. Instead of using the salted fish as a condiment, they use it as the main ingredient. Salted fish curry immersed in coconut milk that has been flavoured with turmeric, onions, and curry leaves. It is not that spicy but the mixture of flavour with the salted fish is something new for me and I enjoy the richness of the coconut milk.
Authentic Sri Lankan dishes of dry salted fish curry that enriched with a blend of aromatic homemade spices. A must try for the adventurous spicy lovers! However, the flavour is still new to me, enjoy!
Village Style Fish
Chef seasoned the sea grouper first with a blend of homemade Sri Lanka spices before deep fried it till a nice crispy golden brown outer layer. Served on sizzling plate, I like chef’s special mango curry sauce that brought the sea grouper’s fresh simple taste to another scrumptious level. Out of all the dishes, this is my favourite.
Fresh prawn cooked in rich and fragrant Sri Lankan’s staple pineapple curry. Love the natural sweet sourness taste from the pineapple that added a depth of flavor to the mild curry. The most important thing about this dish is the freshness of the prawns. I have no complaints.
There are so many things to learn about Sri Lankan cuisine. I’m talking about new flavours and new tastes. If you have not tried any Sri Lankan cuisine before, you should make your way there.
Aliyaa Island Restaurant & Bar Address and Contact:
No. 48 G&M, Medan Setia 2, Bukit Damansara
50490 Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel : 603-2092 5378
FB : Aliyaa Island Restaurant & Bar
Business Hours :
Mon – Fri & Sun 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. ; Sat 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.