Simple Middle Eastern cuisine, with a twist
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Time Out Says

Our love for La Mer’s family-friendly vibes and laid-back holiday feel will never end, and finding good eats at the beachfront hotspot is the tomato on top of the tabbouleh.

On a sunny winter afternoon, we visit Makan, expecting much more than the bulgur-based salad for a solid lunch. And this is exactly what we get.

The outdoor seating is comfortable with turquoise tones adding to the peacefulness of the seaside location’s ambience.

The music is a bit too loud, but we try to relax and settle into the laid-back mood, regardless.

The service starts out swift with our lobster kibbeh arriving piping hot and fresh – a splendid and innovative seafood creation we’d never tried before. It’s a modern, glamorous twist on the Middle Eastern staple, and it really works. Meanwhile grilled lamb chops are massive and perfectly cooked, with plenty of flavoursome juices.

A traditional ouzi reaffirms our beliefs over the chef’s passion for cooking lamb, with tender chunks sitting on a bed of spiced rice.

Service slows slightly throughout, which is a shame, but we end the meal with ghazal Beirut, a dessert that’s made of rich candy floss covered ice cream. Three scoops prove to be a tad over the top, but what we can manage to fit in, we enjoy.

Makan’s food feels homely and comforting,  and we’re not convinced we could cook up anything as good as this in our own kitchens. Visit here for interesting, tasty dishes.

Simple Middle Eastern cuisine, with a twist

The super lobster kibbeh

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 03 Feb 2019

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