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Al Nafoorah, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Nominated for Best MENA
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In keeping with its luxurious surrounds, Al Nafoorah oozes elegance with an Arabian twist. Serving Levantine cuisine, proceedings start grandly with the presentation of almonds, olives and pickled carrots on a pretty silver tiered serving tray. The menu isn’t huge, but there is a very good seafood selection as well as typical Levantine dishes. The hummus is perfect, just the right consistency and not too tangy, while the salads are fresh with just the right amount of dressing. If you are a fan of lobster you’ll be happy with the meaty portions served up here. Complimentary Arabic sweets and tea are served at the end of the meal, which is a nice touch. Service is friendly and accommodating, although perhaps a little on the slow side. But with food this good you won’t mind taking your time over the dishes in front of you as you wait on the next delicacy to arrive.
Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).

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