Restaurant Review: Ewaan, The Palace, The Old Town
Location: The Palace, The Old Town, Dubai
Tel: 04 888 3444
Dress code: Smart-casual
Cuisine: Traditional Arabic
Times: 6am to midnight, Monday to Sunday
Price Range: $$$
For foodies looking to feast on Middle Eastern fare in a setting that really evokes the region, Ewaan is the place. At the elegant Arabic all-day dining restaurant with keyhole shaped doors and live music, diners can choose the buffet or order a la carte, and eat with a view of the hotel’s luxurious pool. It makes for some pretty good people watching, but if you’re looking for a more romantic vibe, come after 8pm when the area clears out.
The words buffet and light meal don’t usually go hand in hand, but at Ewaan it’s possible thanks to the generous Middle Eastern salad bar and fresh seafood. A classic done right was the baba ghanouj topped with tomato and diced capsicum – simple, smooth and packed with flavour. While the roasted lamb leg carved at the live cooking station tempted us to try a slice – nicely pink, aromatic and with a hint of turmeric – we were really wowed by the seafood options. The crab legs were oversized and the sea bass served with mussels, scallops, and shrimps satisfied every one of our shellfish cravings. To end the night, a few sweet – but not too sweet – squares of baklava.
On the Menu
Lamb sambousek – pastry crust filled with minced lamb, sautéed onion and pine nuts, Dhs32
Cold mezzeh platter, Dhs80
Lamb kebab with bell pepper and onion, served with aubergine sauce, Dhs 105
Mixed seafood fritters of mussels, prawns, calamari and Omani lobster, Dhs145
Saj chocoba – chocolate, banana and almonds wrapped in Saj bread, Dhs40
Oum Ali – bread pudding, Dhs40