Time Out Says
The manager walks around introducing himself to guests and checking everything is okay, and waiters are funny, friendly and happy to recommend Middle Eastern dishes that you may not otherwise be familiar with.
The menu is mostly mezze, with detailed descriptions and explanations of the dishes’ origins. There’s also a section devoted to nay (Syrian-style raw meat) and grills as well as intricate-sounding main courses.
We played it safe (and we can tell you’re already disappointed in us) and stuck with mezze.We can recommend all of the well-known dishes, which don’t really surprise here, but are all excellent.
Hummus came three ways, with spicy and lighter Beirut versions accompanying the usual variety – all three were smooth and rich. The kibbeh is crispy and filled with fine ground lamb and pine nuts, the nakanek sausage (possibly our favourite) is lathered with sweet and tangy pomegranate molasses and the smoked moutabel is about the best we’ve had in the city.
The bottom line
Olea serves familiar (and some less so) Levantine staples done very well in a nice setting.
By Time Out Dubai staff | 23 Feb 2016
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