Time Out Says
The decor is comfortingly homely; the walls are decorated with the type of knick-knacks that grannies love, and the food has a similar quality. One dish we tasted could have doubled as a hearty winter stew, only it was made with camel instead of beef. That’s right – Local House serves up camel. The stew, or saloona, was stuffed full of root vegetables and made with a pleasant tomato broth. The camel meat was expectantly chewy, though not unbearably so. My date, meanwhile, chomped down on some of the most flavourful lamb chops I’ve encountered in a long time, though the consistency of the meat left a little to be desired. The one I tasted was tough, while my companion lucked out with one that was tender and rare. We scooped everything up with a manakish-type bread that, though acceptable, wasn’t any more outstanding than something you’d pick up at a supermarket bakery.
Still, for what could have potentially been an overpriced tourist trap, we were impressed with both the quality of the food and the bill afterwards. Overall, Local House is not a bad spot to take visitors insistent on trying the local cuisine.
The bill (for two)
3x Turkish coffee Dhs48
1x Camel curry Dhs60
1x Lamb chops Dhs60
2x Bread Dhs8
1x Emirati salad Dhs35
Total (excluding service) Dhs211
By Daisy Carrington | 23 Nov 2009
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