Dubai Tourism provides you with some recommendations on where to find the best Arabian flavours.
Aseelah at Deira Creek
This fine-dining venue set in the heart of Old Dubai offers a contemporary twist on traditional flavours in both its subtle aesthetic – think sand-inspired colours and a jute-draped Ghaf tree centre piece – and its menu. As well as classics such as samak (fish in gravy with spiced rice), the selection of dishes imaginatively combines indigenous ingredients with European cooking and presentation techniques. The space also boasts a separate lounge area.
Must Try: Poached Arabian lobster with herbed pilaf, pureed peas and fennel salad
Seven Sands at The Beach
Paying homage to the seven emirates in both its name and the Arabesque décor, this elegant restaurant enjoys a prime waterfront location in Jumeirah Beach Residence. Traditional dishes are brought bang up to date with a lighter touch and a dash of creative flair, although serving sizes stay true to their roots… They’re generous! After a hearty spread, head upstairs to the spacious terrace for a cup of tea while taking in the beach views.
Must Try: Aishu laham: rice and slow-cooked lamb, flavoured with dried lime and saffron
Siraj at Souk Al Bahar
Imposing arches, Arabic calligraphy and horse sculptures all come together to evoke an Arabian Nights- style ambience at this Downtown venue. The food is a modern reimagining of Emirati-Levantine flavours, from the warm date and kale salad; lobster kibbeh (stuffed savoury dough balls); chicken biryani, served in a flatbread parcel; or mouhalabiya (Lebanese milk pudding) served with 24 – karat gold honey.
Must Try: Grilled saffron prawns
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