In a place like 1 Utama, where you can find such an abundance of cuisine from all around the world, Tut's Egyptian Eatery stands out for being the only Egyptian restaurant in the mall. I do believe that the food served at Tut's has been adapted to local tastes, hence I won't be able to vouch for authenticity. But this is definitely one of my favourite places to eat at when I'm in this area!
The location is a little tucked away, so you might not notice it right off while wandering around the mall. To find it, simply make your way to the Rainforest section - the restaurant sits right at the entrance to the indoor waterfall.
I have been here a few times already, and the service is great. The staff are attentive and helpful. The decor is bright and colourful, and you can choose between sitting inside or outside the restaurant, where there is a larger table for groups.
One of their specialties is the molokhia leaf stew, which is served with a bit of theatre at your table; the server places a hot dish with some fragrant herbs and garlic in front of you before pouring in a hot soup. The sizzle of the liquid as it hits the dish gives off a delicious aroma. The molokhia leaf is a type of Egyptian spinach, giving the stew a satisfyingly thick and savoury texture.
The koshari mixed grain bowl is a great accompaniment to this. Not for you if you are on a carb-free diet! This meal is very filling, and excellent comfort food. The combination of rice, chickpeas, beans, noodles, and crispy shallots and tasty sauce makes for a hearty meal.
For protein to go with the carbs, there is their juicy marinated chicken. There is a choice between roasted and fried - I've tried both, and roasted may be my favourite though the fried chicken does offer a good crunch. Tut's serves some signature sauces to go with the chicken. I personally like their peanut sauce.
For sides, definitely try the Tut's Dynasty Fries. Potato fries are dipped in a spiced batter and deep fried served with a creamy cheesy sauce.
The biram onion dish is a hearty chicken stew with lots of caramelised onions. You can choose a side to go with it, and it goes great with their bread crisps, which are thinly sliced bread with a toasted and crumbly texture.
To finish it all off with desserts (and if you still have space in your tummy), give the om ali a try. This is actually a hot dessert, served with a scoop of ice-cream (choice available between coconut and gula melaka). The contrast between the warm, flavourful pudding and cool ice cream really makes this a great end to a delicious meal.
I have lost count of the number of times I've visited Tut's. They've updated their menu over the years, and it's great to see the variety available (they also serve breakfast sets now). I highly recommend it.