Sometimes restaurants boasting stunning vantages lazily allow the views to do the talking. Happily, this is not so for Morah, where the food is as memorable as the backdrop.
Perched high in the JW Marriott Marquis, this relative newcomer to the Dubai dining scene is spread over the 71st and 72nd floors of the hotel (which, lest you forget, is the world’s tallest), allowing for glorious 360° vistas.
Morah is from the Canadian team behind Weslodge Saloon (on the 73rd floor of the hotel), and has sister venues in Toronto and Miami, called Byblos. All are known for their eastern and central Mediterranean flavours.
With light furnishings and décor, Morah feels bright and fresh and stars a sweeping spiral staircase in the centre.
The menu is packed full of ingredients from Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon and Egypt, with pistachios, preserved lemon, pomegranate and Persian lime all popping up.
The zucchini flower kibbeh is the highlight of our starters. Light and flavoursome, we love the Turkish pine honey and sumac dressing. Opt for it with the fig and greens salad, which comes coated in a sweet yet tangy orange blossom vinaigrette. The black truffle pide is tasty, too.
Hailing from the Med, the menu boasts plenty of fish. The black cod, which is served in vine leaves, is nice enough, yet not outstanding. The yoghurt-baked brill, however, is. A light yet creamy sauce complements the flaky fish, while a portion of the sweet jewelled rice (studded with saffron, barberries and almonds) is the perfect partner.
Morah’s a little quiet on our visit, but this is inevitably due to its newness, and we’d be surprised if it stays that way.
The Bill (for two) 1x zuccini flower kibbeh Dhs45.84 1x fig and greens Dhs50 1x black truffle pide Dhs58.33 1x black cod Dhs100 1x yoghurt-baked brill Dhs108.30 1x sweet jewelled rice Dhs62.50 1x grilled broccolini Dhs37.50 1x large water Dhs75 Total (excluding service and municipality fee) Dhs537.47
The bottom line One to put on the “to eat at” list.