Red-hot spot for Arsenal fans

Variety: More than 10 different types of pasta dishes are served at the restaurant, including the Seafood Aglio Olio (pic).

DAMANSARA Perdana can seem pretty quiet on weekends when offices are closed and the roads in the vicinity are practically deserted.

However, one outlet still remains rather popular with residents in the evenings, especially when a “live” football match is aired on its screens.

Decked in red to match its name, Merrah, the restaurant owned by Selera Ikhlas, has been in operation since September after taking over the business from the previous owner.

“We wanted something catchy and memorable so we decided to pick names of colours with a twist in its spelling,” owner Aaron Ong said at the restaurant, which is just a stone’s throw away from Emerald Plaza.

The colour red, he said, was also one colour that stimulates the appetite besides its bright and strong appearance.

Ong, together with his partners, have been running the outlet with almost the same popular dishes from the previous brand with additional offerings to give customers a better mix of food.

At first glance, the outlet may look like just another mamak hangout but Merrah certainly has more to offer in its menu.

As we were browsing the list of dishes, Ong said we should give the meatballs served with creamy sauce and French fries a try.

“It was my favourite when I first visited this shop and I have liked it ever since.

“After taking over the business ourselves, we decided to keep this special dish as it is also a popular snack among customers who come by to catch football matches,” said Ong.

True to his word, the dish resembled a popular offering at a Swedish home furnishing brand but Merrah head chef Ryan Oliviera De Souza made it a little creamier with a hint of cheese in it.

“It is my secret recipe, I cannot say much more except that if you like it, you should come and dine here often,” he said, adding that many have requested for the recipe but he preferred to keep it under wraps.

For those who want a huge and affordable meal, try one of Merrah’s special western fried rice dishes listed on the first page of the menu.

For less than RM20, diners can try the Grilled Chicken Fried Rice, which comes with a portion of grilled chicken fillet served with an egg, French fries and a bowl of fried rice.

While such a big platter might not do well for a diet, it has become a hit with students living in the area.

If you do not fancy chicken, you can always opt for Fried Rice with Prawn Fritters, Chicken Maryland, Fish Maryland, Rib Eye, Lamb Chop, French Chicken, French Prawns or Squid.

During the review, De Souza also shared his selection of pasta dishes which are prepared a la minute.

“Pasta is an easy dish and we don’t even need to take a long time to prepare,” he said, adding that pasta was a new addition to the restaurant.

Customers can choose from pasta in 14 styles such as the Meatballs Marinara, Bolognaise, Meatballs Carbonara, Aglio Olio, Lamb, Milano Chicken or the Chicken and Mushroom variety.

The menu continues with a variety of instant noodles as well as a variety of dishes prepared with chicken, beef, fish, squid, prawns and pigeon which customers can order to go with a bowl of rice.

Finding a seat at Merrah may be not be easy, especially on nights when English football team Arsenal plays, as the outlet is “home” to members of the Arsenal FC Malaysia Fan Club.

MERRAH 22A-1, Jalan PJU 8/3A, Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya. Business Hours: (Mon-Fri) 8am to 3am (Sat-Sun) 5pm to 3am (Tel: 03-7732 1781).

This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement of StarMetro.

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