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Nominated for Best Romantic
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This sophisticated restaurant presents modern Arabic food with flair. The colour scheme is all warm reds, black and gold, while burning fires in the background give the expansive eatery a welcoming feel. A saxophonist provides the subtle backing track of cool jazz and the food is simply outstanding. The hot and cold mezze offer an adventurous twist – think lobster kibbeh with fresh herbs and avocado labneh, crudités with truffle-scented labneh and hummus with honey-roasted parsnips. Save room for mains and dessert – dishes such as the sea bass with tahini, yoghurt and walnut and herb crumbs, and desserts including the orange blossom ‘cheesecake’ (containing an almond and cinnamon crunch, baked white chocolate and a citrus sorbet) simply must be tried.
Open daily 6pm-3am (last orders for food: 12.30am). Wafi, Oud Metha, (04 709 2500).

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