Time Out Says
At Hattab Kitchen, you can dine outside on rough, rustic wooden furniture or inside in a tiny little space designed with a cute vintage vision of faux-domestic: exposed stone, plenty of wood and a few bucolic paintings on the walls, all overwhelmingly in earthy shades of brown and beige.
The menu offers a simple café selection of salads, wraps, sandwiches and manakish, with thoroughly Arabic items sitting alongside a few international specials, such as Greek chicken souvlaki salad or a spicy Thai beef grilled sandwich. An order of creamy, flavoursome moutabal came generously sprinkled with pomegranate seeds and served with bread so fresh and hot you’ll need to give it a few seconds to cool down. The tiger prawn and avocado salad arrived attractively deconstructed with a skewer of sweet, juicy prawns, a mountain of fresh, crisp baby spinach leaves and a colour wheel of large chunks of green and red apple, mango and avocado, all with a very thick, sweet honey dressing on the side. The effect was pleasant and very pretty, but provided a more simplistic and singular flavour experience than if the salad had actually been ‘constructed’ by the chef before being served.
The manakish dough was soft and fresh and the zaatar mix tasted unique (custom-made by the kitchen, we assume), with an atypically mild and unusually earthy aroma. Honestly though, not our favourite zaatar mix in town – it lacked a vibrancy. The menu described the kafta and cheese wrap as containing four cheeses, and while there seemed to be little difference in the textures or flavours, it was generously, indulgently, enjoyably cheesy to eat, with large chunks of fresh tomato and plenty of juicy minced meat adding to the effect.
Service here is standard. Requests are responded to in a pleasant manner, but with not much intuition and very little speed. Even drinks ordered at the beginning of the meal took some time to arrive. In much the same vein, Hattab Kitchen is neither mind-blowing or a destination restaurant, but it’s still a very pleasant spot for light bites and more if you happen to be in the area.
The bill (for two)
1x moutabal Dhs14
1x kafta with cheese Dhs26
1x cheese with zaatar manakish Dhs12
1x tiger prawn and avocado salad Dhs42
2x fresh juice Dhs40
Total (excluding service) Dhs134
By Time Out Dubai staff | 03 Mar 2015
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