Fellow Foodie: A. Qadar
The menu preview of Al Mayass is definitely going to leave a mark on me. Situated in Sofitel Hotel Downtown on third floor, this Lebanese – Armenian restaurant is going to captivate you with their beautiful and exquisite interiors. They have another branch situated in Abu Dhabi.
The pictures will not do any justice to this place and you have to see it for yourself. They have paid attention to every intricate detailing. From the seatings, to the chandelier.. from the cutlery to even the washroom – everything is beyond beautiful.
They even have outdoor seating where they serve shisha. During winters, the roof of this seating opens up. For now, due to the extreme hot weather, they keep it covered.
They have a variety of non alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. I tried their Lebanese red wine, Strawberry Mojito, Passion Fruit Mojito and Peach Ice Tea. It was my first time trying some Lebanese red wine and it was quite interesting; a little on the stronger side with a lasting bitter taste. The Passion fruit Mojito that was ordered by my friend, I liked a little more than the strawberry mojito. The Passion fruit was both sweet and sour and went very well along with our dinner to follow. Lastly, I also tried some Arak – traditional alcoholic beverage in the Arab world. Arak is typically made from grapes, though dates, sugar, plums, figs, and molasses can be used depending on the region where it is made.
We had way too much food that night for me to even remember all of the things I had in food heaven. I had Batata Hara [43AED] which was quite delicious. Pieces of potato fried along with some spices. It was serves piping hot and a very crispy outer layer. The inside however, it lacked a few spices. Yet, one of the favs that night. There were a couple of eggplant based dishes as well such as Batinjan Harr [41AED] and Baba Ghanoush [36AED].
Hummus [29AED] with some chips and soft hot Kubus were my top favourites that night and I more or less just had that throughout the dinner. The hummus was crazy delish with the crispy chips. They say you judge an arabic restaurant (more or else) by their hummus and I was in love. The portion size is nice and the hummus is creamy and can be compared to anything at Al Mayass, yet will stand victorious.
For grills, they served us some Shish Tawouk [87AED] and wow! One of the most juiciest and delicious grills I have ever had. The marination, the grilling, the succulent pieces of chicken – everything was on point. You should definitely give this one a try.
Tabbouleh [43AED] is a Levantine vegetarian dish made of tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur, and onion, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. I normally am not a big fan of this, so this did not really excite me much. However Fatthoush [43AED] was really yummy! I was surprised. Fatthoush comprises of chopped veggies all bought together as a beautiful salad. This had some kind of pomegranate dressing which was mouth watering and made me reach out for more.
I’d say they have plenty options for vegetarians who are always finicky and double minded about going to places. You will be spoilt for choices.
Other things that they served us that evening and also include in the Iftar menu is; Ras asfour, kebab bi karaz, moussaka al mayass and much more.
Lastly for dessert, there was a spread of fruits and their well known dessert called Osmaliyat Al Mayass [48AED]. Now here’s the thing – I did not like it. It did not work for me, but I know for a fact that people absolutely love this dessert. It was beautiful none the less. It consisted of thick cream between two chunks of vermicelli, topped with some candy floss and decorated with some sugar rocks. You were also given some sugary syrup on the side which was to be drizzled on top of this nest like looking cute dessert.
Final Thoughts: Believe me, I am coming here again. I love their service as they were really cordial and polite. I would not mind paying how much ever for this place as everything is on point especially the ambiance. You have to give this place a try if your are a fan of Arabic – Lebanese food. As for me, I am not. I stick to my falafel and shawerma and that’s about it. 😛 But after trying AL Mayass, I am excited to try more Lebanese and Arabic food.
loved; hummus, shish tawouk
not so much; Osmaliyat Al Mayass
Call them: 04 4489558
Reach them: Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
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