Time Out Says
The dining room is spread across 7,500 sq m with stately columns, hieroglyphic murals and waiters dressed up as the ancient pharaohs themselves. It’s a huge space and is an impressive start.
The attention to detail is exquisite, and the upstairs terrace is a sight to behold. Seating overlooks the Creek at this new Bur Dubai development, with quaint little boats bobbing up and down on the water.
We recommend visiting at sunset, when the sky is illuminated with pink and orange hues above the rooftops of neighbouring Deira. It’s gorgeous, which is why the rest of our visit is a bit of a let down.
The menu is massive – and descriptions aren’t great – so we seek recommendation from the waiter. To say communication is a problem is an understatement, and when we ask about the size of one particular dish, we’re told it comes “on a plate”. Which isn’t exactly the information we’re hoping for.
The menu itself is fairly wide-ranging, with hot and cold mezze, soups and traditional mains.
We wait for our food to arrive, not being entirely sure of what it is we’ve ordered, and when dishes are presented, the befuddled server is unable to confirm whether or not they contain meat.
We try a potato casserole, which has nice flavours but the root vegetable is undercooked and crunchy. A “beetroot salad” turns out to be a bowl of beetroot hummus, which is not unpleasant, but also not what we expected.
We try another trio of hummus flavours too, which are nice enough, but when the highlight of a meal is bread and dips is doesn’t say very much about the restaurant’s culinary offerings.
Despite the confusion of the staff, their enthusiasm never falters, and we can’t bring ourselves to be angry when presented with such cheery demeanours.
It’s not a bad experience, and we’ll put the shortcomings down to teething problems, and would give it another chance for the stunning setting.
WHAT IS IT...
An ancient Egyptian-style eatery at Al Seef
The cool interiors and stunning Creekside setting
23 Oct 2018
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