Ninive

A Middle Eastern lounge and restaurant in the midst of DIFC
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Time Out Says

With swathes of lush greenery, twinkling lights and an upmarket Bedouin vibe, dining in Ninive feels a world away from the office blocks of the city’s financial district. In reality, it’s right in the centre of it.

Now the time has come to embrace al fresco dining once more, we couldn’t be happier. And when it comes to setting, there are few spots in DIFC as pretty as Ninive.

Nestled around the corner at the base of Jumeirah Emirates Towers is the Middle Eastern restaurant. The space itself is charming. Housed in an air-conditioned tent over the summer, the restaurant has shed its layers and returned to its outdoor state for winter. It now boasts views of DIFC and Burj Khalifa, giving the sense of being in the heart of Dubai, yet with a serene step back.

In typical Arabian style, seating is low level, ideal for lounging around on, and we love the lush, abundant plants giving a relaxed vibe. There’s also an air of exclusivity – this is a classy joint, and the music is loud and trendy.

The décor outshines the dishes and service, however, which are a bit hit and miss. It’s also extremely pricey, with starters around Dhs65 and mains heading up to nearly Dhs500.

The modern Middle Eastern menu has a range of classic dishes, such as fattoush and lahmacun, and we kick off with a portion of tuna bricks. It’s a disappointing start. The three tiny tubes are more akin to a tuna spring roll, and the fish is masked by an excess of potato.

The heirloom cherry tomato, watermelon and halloumi salad fares better, with a light feel and simple, fresh flavour.

For main courses don’t miss the red snapper, which comes pan-roasted with spiced tomato jam and pilaf rice studded with almonds and raisins.

Conversely, it’s a sizeable dish, with two fish fillets that are meaty and tasty. The delicate spices burst from every bite, it’s the highlight of the meal by miles.

The adana kebab, however, isn’t as memorable, as the single minced lamb skewer sits forlornly on a sliver of saj, which is bland and unappetising.

If the food was better – in both pricing and quality – then this would be a top spot. It’s a shame the beautiful setting is let down by average cuisine.

10 Oct 2018

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Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
Dress CodeCasuals
4:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Sunday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMMonday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMTuesday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMWednesday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AMThursday: 4:00 PM to 3:00 AMFriday: 4:00 PM to 3:00 AMSaturday: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Show number 04 326 6105
Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Emirates Towers Hotel - Sheikh Zayed Rd - United Arab Emirates

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