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Zheng He’s
Nominated for Best Chinese
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This eatery’s romantic setting on the waterways of Mina A Salam make it one of the city’s most popular Chinese restaurants. The food is good and the relaxed atmosphere and regal Far Eastern decor will win you over. Tuck into a selection of steamed dim sum to start, including a lobster and truffle, or spinach and crab roe option, each neatly sitting on top of a thin slice of carrot to ensure they don’t stick to the bamboo steamer. The crispy fried soft shell crab starter is the winning dish; accompanied with green mango, coriander, sour plum lime dressing, it’s scoffed up in a heartbeat. There are a variety of unusual soups on offer including braised mince beef with bean curd and pumpkin seafood soup as well as more adventurous mains including braised foiegras abalone. Save room for inspired desserts such as the tantalising chilled lemongrass jelly with dragon fruits and lemon sorbet.
Open daily noon-2.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Mina A'Salam, MadinatJumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6730). Brunch: Dhs425 (with soft drinks), Dhs525 (with house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm.

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