Al Khaima is ideally located on the beachfront at Le Royal Meridien, meaning it doesn’t matter that the indoor dining area is small, since there’s plenty of room outside for a perfect al fresco Lebanese dining experience
Time Out Says
From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2010With its al-fresco setting near the water’s edge, lively oud players and second-to-none waiters – who will greet you on first name terms (once they get to know you) – Al Khaima is one of the best outdoor Arabic restaurants in the city. Surrounded by billowing palm trees, private majlis tents, and sumptuous purple and gold velvet drapes, it is reminiscent of a wedding reception marquee (albeit one designed by Liberace). With an emphasis on hot and cold mezze staples like muhammara, tabouleh and zataar salads and Lebanese grills – the rock lobster in particular is melt-in-the-mouth fresh – it is a perfect beachside choice for embracing the region’s culinary nuptials for the first time. The fact that it is very welcoming for large group bookings also adds to its ceremonial ambience. But as with any five-star hotel, the prices are on the slightly expensive side – though from under one of its private canopy booths, and with a romantic interest in tote, why should you even care? Clinking the odd glass – or bottle – from its extensive wine and champagne list should help ease the guilt.
By Time Out Dubai staff | 07 Apr 2010
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