Top Anatolian-themed restaurant with eye watering prices
Time Out Dubai staff
The first thing you notice about Lalezar’s menu is that it’s far from cheap. Located on the Palm at the palatial Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, it’s described as Dubai’s first Anatolian restaurant (Anatolia being present day Turkey). Upon arrival, we’re struck by the spectacular decor. Ornately columned arches, shiny tiles (in rich greens, reds and golds), velvet and silk drapes, painted murals and majestic proportions lend a truly regal sense to proceedings. Weather permitting, there’s the option to dine on the hotel’s large terrace, where tables are spaced generously apart, conversely affording guests an intimate sense of privacy. With the pleasant water feature and view over the hotel’s lush gardens, while it’s certainly romantic, it doesn’t match the sense of occasion in the restaurant itself. When it comes to the food, the menu is a traditionally Turkish affair, with kebab and fish dishes featuring heavily. The presentation and quality are at the expected level but don’t quite justify the prices. We’d say visit Lalezar on special occasions to enjoy the magnificent surroundings and faultless service.