Restaurant Review: Tagine, One & Only Royal Mirage
Location: One & Only Royal Mirage
Tel: 04 399 9999
Dress code: Smart-casual
Times: 7pm to 11.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday
Price range: $$$
Winding through the walkways of the hotel and ducking through a wooden door into Tagine, you feel like you somehow popped up in a dimly lit restaurant in the middle of Marrakech. The stained glass windows and decorative lanterns provide a warm glow that’s instantly soothing as you settle into a pillow-filled booth ready for your meal.
Vegetarians will delight in the mezze – dish after dish features fresh salads, lightly cooked vegetables and creamy dips best eaten with the bread baked in-house. The sweet-savoury pie – bastilla – is a taste experience everyone needs to enjoy. While the thought of an icing sugar-covered chicken pie is strange, the balance of sweetness and spices is unexpected and perfectly executed; it’s a dish to remember. Couscous and tagine are an obvious choice – reprising the sweet-savoury combination is the braised lamb tagine with prunes. The rich meat falls apart in strands and contrasts subtly against the honeyed fruit and nuttiness of the sesame seeds.
With the authentic dishes coupled with the charming sounds of a Moroccan duo and very hospitable service, you’ll truly feel you’ve escaped Dubai for an evening.
On the Menu
Filo pie with chicken, Dhs65
A selection of Moroccan mezze, Dhs45
Braised lamb with onions, Dhs95
Couscous with chicken and vegetables, Dhs90
Roz bil halib – rice pudding with almond and raisins, Dhs42
Kunefa – pastry layers filled with vanilla cream, Dhs42