If you love Arabic cuisine, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Al Maeda restaurant.
Located at the Double Tree by Hilton, overlooking the beachfront at the quiet end of JBR, Al Maeda offers a wide range of regional dishes, as well as a few unique specialities cooked up by their Syrian Chef, Laurence. They also have a range of white, red and rose wines from the Beqaa region of Lebanon. Something I’ve never seen offered at restaurants before in Dubai. The setting is very relaxed, with Arabic hints in their interior and table decor.
We sampled a few popular dishes as well as their cold and hot mezze platters. Their cold mezze included a few favourites, such as hummus and mutabal, but also had a few new dishes we hadn’t tried before. Our favourite had to be the cashew based Muhammrah, which was spicy but not overly hot. Another newbie for us was the Morrocan Taktooka, a mixture of fresh tomatoes and bell peppers, slow cooked with eggplant. We also tried the sweet and smokey beetroot mutabal.
Al Maeda’s Harira soup also did not disappoint. The lentil and chickpea based soup had earthy flavours that left us wanting more.
The star of the meal had to be the seafood tajine. Served to us at the table, it included sheri fish, lobster and prawns with olives, perfectly poached in a rich tomato based sauce. The tagine can be served with either couscous, rice or traditional Moroccan bread. We opted for the bread as it is baked fresh in Al Maeda’s ovens. The tajine was generous, definitely enough for two people, that is if you don’t mind sharing.
If Arabic cuisine is something you’re passionate about, the restaurant offers a cooking class once a week. Taught by their in-house chefs, they offer a kids club, so you can relax during the class while your kids are taken care of. The restaurant also boasts an outdoor shisha lounge, overlooking the sea, where you can relax and unwind.
Whether you’re a Levant food lover or not, we highly recommend Al Maeda for its beautiful setting, attentive staff and, of course, it’s amazing food.