Time Out Says
The place is buzzing with families, but our server quickly brings over the menu. We select a few dishes, and get some fantastic thin garlic bread, dip and olives while we wait.
Don’t miss the rich and creamy moutabal, which goes perfectly with the samoon bread it’s served with. The chicken spring rolls (bourag in Iraqi) are baked, but taste just as good as the fried version without the added greasiness. The mixed-in vegetables add some balance as well.
From the mains the cumin and tomato rice maqlubah is a decent option. There may be no aubergine, but the lamb is tender and goes well with the vegetables, making it a hearty and comforting dish.
Disappointly the chicken biryani doesn’t match the standards, being surprisingly plain with boiled bone-in chicken and cumin-infused rice that’s unremarkable. It’s supposed to be topped with pine nuts and cashews, but we barely see any.
While the spice blends and Iraqi dishes make for an interesting addition to the dining scene, Aghatti fails to wow.
It’s busy, but it seems the enviable setting is playing a big role in how popular this restaurant is – and on it’s high price tags, too.
WHAT IS IT...
Iraqi restaurant at La Mer
For the interesting spice blends
By Time Out Dubai staff | 13 Jun 2019
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