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Mayrig, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
Best Newcomer
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While Dubai’s dining scene now spans Ireland to Iraq with plenty in between, one cuisine that has been lacking is Armenian. Now, however, two Armenian cousins have brought their restaurant concept from Beirut to the UAE, in a bid to show off their heritage, as well as the recipes of their shared grandmother, or ‘Mayrig’ (meaning ‘little mother’ in Armenian). Inside, between the rusty rose coloured walls and stone brickwork, Mayrig is lined with Lebanese-style painted tiles, colourful glass and embroidered fabrics, giving the feeling of a cosy and colourful family home. Everything on the Mediterranean-Armenian inspired menu is well-prepared and enjoyable. The vospi (lentil salad) is wholesome and nourishing, while the use of a sweet-sour wild cherry sauce in the fishnah kebab lifts the flavour of the moist minced beef to a new dimension. Mayrig offers lovely food and good service in an atmospheric setting, providing an opportunity to delve into Armenian culture.
Open daily noon-12.30am. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 453 9945).

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