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Named after the ancient Farsi word for pomegranate and located smack bang in the middle of the touristy Souk Madinat Jumeirah on a pleasant stretch of water, Anar offers a posh interpretation of traditional Iranian dishes. The food on offer is expensive and refined and comes with a more sophisticated depth of flavours than run-of-the-mill Middle Eastern eateries. Although the dishes are Iranian influenced, there’s a distinctly western impression to the food, with the artsy presentation and attention to detail akin to a high-end Parisian restaurant. Cuts of meat are available marinated in saffron and there’s even an option to buy caviar should you be feeling flush. Service is faultless and it’s a pleasant, if slightly artificial environment, both inside and al fresco. The cuisine is difficult to fault but for a venue that’s priced towards the higher end of the market, it’s lacking that extra special quality. We’re fans of Anar, we just think it needs to make its food that little more memorable.
Average price Dhs400. Open daily 1pm-1.30am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.anarandushna.com (04 368 6506).
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