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Almaz by Momo, Mall of the Emirates
Nominated for Best MENA
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Almaz isn’t a place you’re likely to stumble across, but as soon as you step into the ruby interior you’ll find yourself transported from the everyday location of the mall to a Moroccan-inspired sanctuary. Tall, domed ceilings, adorned with colourful, hanging lanterns and complemented by comfortable seating, stuffed with plump gold and purple cushions await and the friendly maître d' dons intricate traditional Moroccan attire. Luckily, the food doesn’t let the side down; the tasty Moroccan salad is zesty and fresh while the traditional couscous is some of the fluffiest around. While the menu isn’t the largest, it boasts a good variety, and even vegetarian diners will be satisfied. There’s also a good selection of mocktails, juices and teas, with the Moroccan tea being extravagantly poured from a great height without a single drop splashing on the authentic brass tray tables.
Open daily 10am-1am. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 8877).

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