You know how annoying it is when you are in a mamak food store, suddenly a whole whoosh of pungent smoke comes directly towards your meal and into your face?
Well honestly, I find it utterly rude and unhygienic.
Blow it vertically, because smoke travels upwards!
Sorry, I don't look forward to having other people's gunk of smoke and respiratory particles into my dinner thank you very much. I know how it's like on the receiving end; hence I certainly do try to avoid blowing in people's direction.
Another reason why I despise shisha-ing at mamak stores, it's super uncomfy sitting on stiff chairs or stools anyway.
One night, my prayers were answered.
I found an awesome chilling place to shisha!
What's also fab is that it has really nice view (especially at night!) behind you as you chill.
Pretty damn windy up here too, as it is located on the higher floor
It's so comfy!
Ya get to lean back or lie down enjoying your hookah all to yourself or with your friends.
No more sitting upright on steel chairs with your food in mamak stores
Teaching buddy Kelly how to shisha
She's a real fast learner. Good on ya!
We drank some cocktails and fruit juices but our tummies were growling as the night went on
Time for food!
We were served Chicken and Beef Kebab
I'm pretty big on kebabs so I was really looking forward to how this one tastes like.
Middle Eastern food FTW!
My verdict? I loved it… and so did Kelly. The meat was really tender and flavorful
You can have it with rice or with bread, we picked the latter. It was warm and yummeh
On the menu, it is either Chicken Kebab or Beef Kebab
Don't be afraid to ask for a 2-in-1 like we did if you can't decide which satisfies your tastebuds better
Whilst eating, I spotted a familiar face. Bumped into a hometown friend, Arvind
He was with a group of friends and apparently there were a lot of pubs/bars in this building too.
No wonder it's so happening!
He used to date my best friend and we happened to go to the same college
Having our all our drinks finished, we were then recommended to try some Iranian Tea.
Tea directly imported from Iran! Hmm… I've only had Chinese, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Peppermint, Chamomile and Green tea before though.
No harm trying this Iranian tea for the 1st time
(I like this photo! I somehow look excruciatingly thin here LOL)
when the tray came, we were somewhat impressed
I like the set-up of the tiny tea-pot with the candle beneath it, miniature cup and saucers, sugar pot and the authentic design of the glassware in general. The dude looking all regal in the portrait?
Must be an Iranian big-shot or some perennial general, I guess
Sip sip! Tastes very different from ANY of the tea I've listed above.
It has some kind of Chai-cum-Bittersweet flavour to it
It wasn't long before I got used to the after-taste
Eventually, we had more. Now, this was a really unique tea to me!
Lemme introduce you to the lady boss *ahem* of this Shisha Lounge
Her name is Newsha and she comes from Iran!
Awesome, share some Iranian goodness with us here in Malaysia
Her lovely joint has been operating for roughly 3 months now
It's fairly new but beginning to pick up already
Just one visit and it became my instant favorite already
I cannot wait to come back to Malaysia and patronize this hang out spot with my mates again!
With some new friends at Shisha Lounge
Newsha's mates are pretty cool too!
They also introduced me to something new to eat…
Ta-daaaa! In your face!
What is it? It's one of Iran's traditional food called the 'Nimroo'.
Some form of an omelette wrapped with veggies in soft, freshly baked warm bread.
Here's a close up of Nimroo
(and a close up of his face too haha!)
Kelly and I continued shisha-ing the night away and played with the Iranian chess/checker board game for a bit.
We eventually gave up because we had no clue how to play it LOL
When smoke gets in your eyes~
I had a fantastic night and a "getaway" to Iran this evening. They really give you a true taste of Iran
With the impeccable service you get, it's hard not to enjoy yourselves there!
They open till late too, around 3AM so it's perfect for after-hours session.
So round up your shisha-mates for a great night out and thank me later!