Vegetarian hideaway in scenic in Al Qasr 11 Reviews
From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2008
None of the items on the menu here have blood coursing through their veins (it’s a vegetarian restaurant), and everything is healthier than an obsession with Giselle. Even the drinks have been carefully picked, with an expensive array of organic wines to choose from (starting at a rather pricey Dhs220).
But it’s the range of water that really stands out; there’s a collection of around 10 to choose from, and three types of crystals to amplify the liquid. Once you’ve dealt with the crystal dilemma, rip apart plaited date and rye bread, served with a baby-food-consistency pumpkin dip that sparkles with flavour and an equally punchy cream cheese and chive accompaniment.
Being a Madinat restaurant, you’re further spoilt with amuse bouches – on our last visit we had purple potato and fried tofu crumbs, which were delicious. Sadly, the yellow pepper soup tends to be overly seasoned. You’re better off ordering the roasted artichokes on mash, with crunchy stalks and mushroom shavings that brilliantly contrast with the silky-smooth potato and the dribblingly good semi-dried tomatoes.
It’s not just the food that impresses, however. The restaurant and terrace are blissfully relaxed, so it’s a shame that the same can’t be said of the staff, who are overly attentive. The main courses of spinach risotto and stuffed baby vegetables are more than adequate, and the desserts are utterly flawless.
End with the chocolate parfait and crème caramele, or the caramelised figs and coffee ice-cream. This place may even tempt a few carnivores.
By Jeremy Lawrence
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