Times of Arabia
Overpriced Arabian at The Madinat 11 Reviews
From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2008
As a rule of thumb, a busy restaurant is a good restaurant. But there is an exception to every rule, and in this case Times of Arabia is it. The crowds must be unwitting tourists who have chanced upon the restaurant, hoping for a taste of the Middle East.
You hope that they do not leave under the misguided impression that their experience was authentic; it remains a mystery why the management have yet to capitalise on such a coveted, canal-side location.
The waiting staff tend to wander around in a daze not really serving anyone, and placing an order takes them by surprise. Cutlery and napkins are not guaranteed.
Though the menu is fairly inclusive, revolving around the idea of Lebanese mezze, the dishes are mediocre at best and lack presentation. Bread comes to the table in a plastic bag, the dishes arrive with no garnish or accompaniments whatsoever; the chicken livers are overcooked and the portions tend to be stingy.
Even if you manage to artfully navigate your way through the menu for a satisfactory meal, the bill will take you off guard. There are much better places to go.
By Jeremy Lawrence
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