Weirdly-titled Arabic dining at The Address Dubai Mall Reviews

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Na3na3’s Halla night

A buffet brunch focussing on organic, seasonal and local produce. Dhs295 (soft drinks). Dhs380 (house beverages) Timings: 12.30pm-4pm (Friday)

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There are many things that confound about the new Address at The Dubai Mall. For starters, what is its point, when on the other side of the mall lies The Address Old Town? And walking in, I couldn’t help but wonder: why does it feel like a butcher’s cooler in here? And finally, approaching the venue’s Arabic restaurant, the question that ran through my head was: does Dubai really need another Arabic buffet joint? I would have thought not, but judging by the crowds in the restaurant, I’ll have to assume I was wrong.

One more query plagued me, and it involved the venue’s name. How was I supposed to pronounce it? I silently debated whether it was na-three na-three, or perhaps N-A-three N-A-three? No, it’s pronounced na-na, which is the Arabic word for mint (the three represents an Arabic letter that has no equivalent in the Roman alphabet). Apart from the name, there were few visual clues to tell us that Na3Na3 was an Arabic restaurant. The place was awash in cool creams with windows looking out onto a fountain (though not The Fountain). The music was classically panpipe. Physically, the restaurant more closely resembled a spa.

As our waiter cooingly leads us to a table, it occurred to my date and I that the staff were among the warmest we’ve met in Dubai. The service was not only excellent, but genuine. The only time it got a little overbearing was when we approached the buffet, at which point the staff took turns following us around, describing any dish we so much as glanced at. Although, in doing so, they also steered us towards some amazing dishes that we might not have tried on our own. Perhaps the best mezze (and they were universally good) was a houmous imbedded with chunks of hammour and caramelised onions, a rich sultry dip that paired beautifully with the pillowy tears of fresh baked saj bread.

A sizable portion of the buffet was dedicated to Mediterranean dishes, and while some of these worked (such as when I bit into a morsel of cucumber-wrapped tuna to find it harboured a sliver of pineapple), most were inferior to the Arabic items on offer. A salad entitled ‘shrimp de samba’ consisted of prawns in tomato sauce. Unfortunately, the shellfish was tough and dry, ruining the effect of the dish. Prawns were put to better use when grilled at one of the live cooking stations. These were massive and came out perfectly cooked, their sweet delicate flesh laced with a delightful charred under taste. The grilled kofta didn’t fare as well. Though perfectly acceptable, it was a fairly standard slab of meat.

Desserts similarly alternated between sublime and standard. The squares of Turkish delight (which they dubbed Tunisian for some reason I couldn’t fathom) were blissfully sweet and gummy, and a classically made bowl of tiramisu excelled, perfectly balancing the pungent layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers with fresh mascarpone cheese (how it’s meant to be done). On the other hand, a glass of green tea panna cotta was bitter and chalky – definitely one to avoid.

Na3Na3 is a beautiful environment, and is one of the only fine dining ventures actually attached to The Dubai Mall. It also does have some very good food on offer. But ultimately, it is a buffet, and an expensive one at that. They do have an à la carte menu, but the prices of the mains alone make the all-you-can-eat option quite the deal. Even so, I still personally find it difficult to justify spending Dhs165 for a dinner at a midrange restaurant, even if it is a good one.

The bill (for two)
1x Lemonade Dhs35
1x Green tea Dhs22
1x Large Aqua Panna water Dhs26
1x Buffet dinner Dhs330
Total (including service) Dhs413

By Daisy Carrington
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 438 8888
  • Travel: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Brunch served

User reviews:

Posted by: Nisreen on 03 Oct ' 13 at 10:30
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The Theme night on Thursday is excellent value for money with Seafood from lobsters, tiger prawns, hammour etc . My first visit was not a pleasant one and once brought to their notice the second visit was a memorable one .

Posted by: Frédéric on 25 Feb ' 12 at 18:37
  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Physically, the restaurant looks more like a spa. The service was not only excellent, but authentic.

The cuisine is Mediterranean and Arabic.

Here qq examples of the dishes at the buffet:
- Mezzeh and salads (hummus, Moutabel, Tabbouleh, Fattoush, Waraq enab, etc..)
- Main courses (Shish Tawouk, lamb kebab, kofta, beef with raisins, etc.).
- Desserts (selection of pastries Arab Apricot clafoutis, Umm Ali, Loukoums, Creme brulee with pistachio, Mohalabia, etc..)
- All kinds of breads also available, condiments, sauces, salads, etc..

Posted by: Cat on 25 Nov ' 11 at 07:16
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We were invited to the spot - when we arrived my experience was that of walking into a cold fridge. The atmosfere is chilly, the room was chilly and the waiters so chilled, it froze me out.

My partner requested freshly cooked lobster and was told ther was none, while there clearly was a lot on the counter. Only after he explained that he was allergic to garlic did they help him.

The food is average. considering the value for money - there are mch better options out there.

Waiters had no idea about the wine options.

Dessert is ok but nothing special and they ran out of creme brulee early.

I asked for english breakfast tea after dinner and was told I had to pay extra, but if I take black tea it is included. Honestly if you pay 245 dhs can they not afford a bag of tea?

Would not recommend unless you are into cold clinical average experiences.

Posted by: Marcello on 30 Jul ' 11 at 15:40
  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Went for Friday brunch. Very bad experience.

Food not so bad, live cooking and buffet avarage as many other buffet in dubai, but i cannot complain about (even if i could expect much more from ADDRESS!!)

About service.. a really disaster. Waiters don't even speak english, hostess as well. We had to ask 3 time what was the brunch pakage (drink or not drink included) and nobody could aswer or atleast understand what we were asking. Finally we did by ourself.
They told us 4 time that the juices for "package brunch" is coming from the box..and finally they came saying "the juice from the box are finished, we have to give u the fresh one"...its ok, thank you...

We order a shoarma from grill, never came (with 10 guests on the floor) they brought away my fork and i had to wait 5 minut to eat again because noboy brought me back a new one.
The chef from the grill had to guide handelling the waiter to the right table who order the plate..
And finally the brought my Credit card with the machine to the wrong couple, after then they came to me.
I didn't recieve any comment card to fill up...shame.

I knew already that the address hotels was so stingy, but they could invest some money to get a great service staff for they restaurants and avoid to show every time this disgusting service !

Posted by: Kitty on 16 Nov ' 09 at 09:23
  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We went to NA3NA3 for Friday brunch - the non-alcoholic version - and had a lovely time.
It's true that the ambiance is a bit strange - it is all very new and bright, with exceptionally tall ceilings but a rather narrow seating area in comparison, making it feel rather business-like. The staff, however, were absolutely lovely - helpful, able to explain dishes, quick, attentive and smiling.
The food was delicious. The salads were fresh and tasty and the seafood buffet was a treat - so much so that I got stuck on that and didn't have a main, apart from some tempura prawns that were equally tasty.
The desert buffet had a good range of pretty standard deserts, mixed in with bowls of sweets and two chocolate fountains.
It is also worth noting that there is a dedicated children's buffet and staffed entertainment area.
The only dampener on the meal was the prospect of so much going to waste. There must have been a maximum of 20 customers and some of the dishes weren't even touched.

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