Zheng He’s, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah
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The restaurant’s romantic setting on the waterways of the Madinat, overlooked by the Burj al Arab, makes it a favourite date destination (get a coveted place on the outdoor terrace if weather permits). Inside, the bustling open kitchen takes centre stage, with an atmosphere in the dining room that’s surprisingly hushed, but easy-going. The menu itself ranges from classic to adventurous: the starter of spicy wasabi prawns with mango salsa are a perennial favourite, while avocado kunafa offer a quirky (but very delicious) Eastern twist to a Middle Eastern staple. The dim sum menu is also extensive, and the seafood trio (including egg yolk dumplings and squid ink patties) are particularly well-executed. For the mains, the aromatic crispy duck is a succulent and moreish, while the Chinese spiced beef is seasoned to perfection. Seafood fans will be spoiled for choice, with an extensive fresh selection served by the 100-grams in a sauce of your choosing. Unlike some Chinese eateries, the desserts are worth saving some room for – small, but perfectly formed, the raspberry custard puff is out of this world. And while prices aren’t cheap, Zheng He’s is definitely one to consider if you’re trying to impress your guest.
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