Lebanese Cuisine Like Mama Makes
There’s a new addition to the Lebanese dining scene in Dubai with the opening of Ya Baladi at the Coral Boutique Hotels, Al Barsha, which serves homemade fare inspired by a traditional ‘mother’s kitchen’. The restaurant’s name is taken from the widely loved Arabic song Helwa Ya Baladi (Beautiful is My Country). Not only does the food stay true to its roots, the décor includes antique chairs imported from a renowned café in Lebanon and the walls are dotted with paintings of the country’s green landscape.
“Ya Baladi represents a journey back into the heart and soul of Lebanon and its cuisine. That’s where the ‘mother’s kitchen’ concept also comes in. For generations, mothers have been passing on their amazing recipes and intimate secrets of their cooking styles to their daughters and I have developed Ya Baladi on the memories of my mother’s kitchen,” says General Manager Salim Touma.