Mediterranean cuisine at the Dubai Marina's Harbour Hotel

From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011

Having dropped its ‘organic’ tag, a.z.ur now focuses on Mediterranean cuisine and, despite the out-of-the-way location, cooks it up with some finesse. (The shift also means we can now pronounce the restaurant ‘azure’ instead of the slightly affected ‘as you are’). A few plush sofas in the bar area and bean bags and recliners on the shisha terrace (with a impressively sparkling night time view of the inside of the marina) help lend a softer touch to the crisp décor, although it’s difficult to shake the feeling that you’re dining in a business hotel. Service is pleasant, informative and swift, and a table with a view of the chefs at work in the open kitchen is both entertaining and reassuring.

A short but interesting menu kicks off with appealing appetisers such as scampi with grilled goats cheese or a vegetable terrine. Mains cover pastas, pizzas and a handful of grilled items as well as a decent steak frites and the 36 hour slow cooked pork belly – was fatty (as one might expect) but tender and full of flavour and paired perfectly with roasted apple and potato gratin. Happily, portions are manageable enough to leave room for one of a half dozen delicious desserts (we can recommend the saffron brulee with mango chutney). While it’s not a restaurant to jump out and hit you in the face, a.z.ur is certainly worth a visit.


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