Opulence and mandi are not words one would expect to see in the same sentence. Mandi restaurants usually have very simple, traditional interiors. Malik Al Romansiah, on the other hand, has one of the most OTT interiors around – the place is nothing less than palatial. Located next door to mandi masters, Maraheb, in Rashidiya, this restaurant has actually been around for a while. It’s taken Zomato a while to list them. As with many of the larger mandi restaurants, both table and chair seating, as well as partitioned floor seating is available; private dining rooms too.
The food at Malik Al Romansiah is superb, but it’s the way your meal is served which makes all the difference. Where other mandi restaurants use cheap plastic and/or melamine serving dishes and plates, these guys use copper, steel and porcelain. And you get proper cutlery too. I loved the hearty broth served as a prequel to the meal, it is beautifully meaty in flavour. The mandi meat is delicious and super succulent. The rice is fragrant and served with sprinklings of fried nuts and raisins and sultanas. Portions are generous.
Service is very good; friendly, polite and accommodating. There was a time when I would head straight to either Maraheb or Cabritoz if I wanted mandi. Malik Al Romansiah is now firmly added to that elite list. So if you like mandi, yet haven’t yet been to this extravagant restaurant, I strongly recommend you do – it’s brilliant, and well worth a detour.