Restaurant Review: Al Nafoorah, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray/Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Location: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray/Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Tel: 04 453 0444/04 319 8088
Dress code: Smart-casual
Times: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, 12.30pm to 3pm and 7pm to 12am, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, 12:30pm to 4pm and 7pm to 12am, daily
Price range: $$$
Lebanese Chef Hadi Salami joined the Jumeirah Emirates Towers branch of Al Nafoorah (which mean ‘fountain’) in 2002 and spent nine years working as the Sous Chef before joining the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray team as a Chef De Cuisine. Needless to say, he knows his stuff.
You can expect the usual mix of classic dishes from hot and cold mezze to charcoal-grilled mains, only it will taste just that little bit better than in most restaurants of its ilk. The moutabel (a hearty dip of grilled eggplant with tahina sauce) is just that little bit smokier. The shish taouk (a grilled chicken kebab) is just a little bit more tender. And, when it comes to the Zabeel Saray branch, the décor is just that little bit more “wowzer!” Al Nafoorah boasts the most beautiful carved wood doors and archways and the hotel was used as a location in the filming of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, thanks to it looking like an Asian palace.
Head down with a group on Thursday or Friday night when the belly dancer is booked, and enjoy the Beirut set menu (Dhs450 a head).
On the Menu
Chicken liver with pomegranate sauce, Dhs60
Hummus with meat and pine seeds, Dhs60
Grilled lobster with garlic, lemon juice and steamed rice, Dhs200
Shish taouk (marinated chicken from the charcoal grill), Dhs90
Ashta bil assal (fresh cream with pistachios and honey), Dhs55
Al Nafoorah mouhalabiyah (classic Arabic milk, sugar and rose water pudding), Dhs50