By Marriott International on June 20, 2018

Savour Veritable Arabic Delicacies with Guest Chef Mohanad Alshamali

LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA, – The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spainvites all food epicureans to an exceptional spread of Arabic delicacies at the BHAR Pop-up held at the resort’s alfresco beach dining, Tide restaurant from 1 July to 31 September 2018. Visiting guest chefs from the newly opened Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Chef Mohanad Alshamali and Chef Khaldon along with in-house Arabic Chef Mahmoud will showcase their creativity in an exclusive a la carte menu.

Arabic cuisine is known for an amalgamation of unique ingredients and spices; and is often considered centuries old, resembling the culture of great trading in spices, herbs and foods. Chef Alshamali will be showcasing his exceptional and creative culinary skills with signature middle-eastern dishes and his favourites featuring locally sourced fresh catch, at the The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa’s signature restaurant, Tide, surrounded by stunning views of the Andaman Sea.

Chef Mohanad Alshamali, a veteran of Middle Eastern fine-dining cuisine and former head chef of ‘Qbara’ which was listed in the world’s 50 best restaurants, is here from Dubai and is all set to take over the Tide kitchen to bring Middle Eastern ambrosia at its finest! During this period, Tide restaurant will be transformed into a place where the dishes on the tables are just as playful as the restaurant’s colour palette, featuring mystic torches, market-style spices and botanicals on display that emulate the vibrancy of the Middle East.

From fattoush and falafel to labneh and lamb chops, Chef Mohanad has added his signature flair to every item on the menu. With modern techniques infused into traditional classics, and contemporary twists on Middle Eastern family recipes, the BHAR pop-up restaurant takes diner on a culinary journey across the region and across time. Chef Mohanad will be bringing to the table, delicacies incorporating the freshest local catch spiced with middle-eastern ingredients as well as handpicked dishes from the BHAR menu at the Renaissance Downtown Dubai.

Soft shell crab Saj with garlic mayonnaise and harissa or Char-grilled octopus with spicy green chilli zhug and roasted potato and Roasted lobster, muhammara and bewaz salad to name a few of the items. A wide selection of Arabic baked breads are accompanied by Zaatar and the popular Moroccan spices as well as freshly prepared Labneh. Popular desserts Oud manjari chocolate mousse, cherry spiced compote with cherry ice cream and Le-ge-matt, fried mini dough balls, stepped in date syrup are a part of the specially crafted menu. This meal would be incomplete without the ice-cream and sorbet section that includes delicious Turkish ice-cream, citrus mint sorbet and much more.

Detailing on his thought behind the menu and cuisine, Chef Mohanad Alshamali, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai says, “Middle Eastern cuisine is often grouped together as one, though there are many regional nuances within this, and modern as well as traditional approaches. To create our modern approach to Arabic cuisine we combine Western and Arabic ingredients with spices and use modern cooking methods, such as sous vide. We also use a refined way of plating our dishes to give them a modern look. It works because it is unique.”

“BHAR means spice in Arabic and the name works as a strong reflection of the dining experience. With so many Middle Eastern options available today, it’s the quality of ingredients and the complexity of flavours which will allow this experience to stand out from the crowd. Highlighting the nuances of the cuisine, I am extremely delighted to offer an authentic Arabic food experience to the gourmands in Langkawi, Malaysia. I would like to apply my culinary experience and offer the guests at Tide restaurant, The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa with a brand new experience, hoping to stimulate their taste buds,” he added.

Furthermore, embrace the spirit of the Renewal Season by booking a 4 days 3 nights* stay package at the revitalising beach resort, The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa that includes a complimentary dinner for 2 persons at the exclusive BHAR Pop-up promotion. Book before 30 August 2018 to avail dining validity between 1 July to 30 September 2018. *terms and conditions apply.

For inquiries, please contact us on 60-4-9608888 or email For more information on The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa, visit our website or follow our social media


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