INFO: Tribes, Fashion Dome at Mall of the Emirates, 050 248 4959, www.tribesrestaurant.com.
The dining options in Mall of the Emirates Fashion Dome are pretty impressive and Tribes is a worthy addition to the portfolio, with a menu that showcases the best of African flavours.
There’s little reason to dine at Tribes if you don’t like meat, but if you do, with produce sourced in South Africa, my country of birth, this is a carnivore’s paradise.
We begin our culinary escapades across the continent with the hakuna matata appetiser platter to share. There’s Tunisian giblets, Ugandan fishcakes, Mozambican prawns, bitter melon salad and a rib meat and mushroom pie. Yip, all that just for starters! The platter is substantial, even between two, and it’s the ideal intro to the varied flavours of Africa.
I get stuck into the oxtail for main course, it’s served with glazed carrots and the most decadently buttery mash I’ve ever encountered (and I know my way around mashed potatoes). It’s tender and juicy and does the South African classic justice.
My only request would be for thicker gravy, otherwise it delivers on flavour and texture 100 per cent. My blonde cohort keeps her knife and fork busy with a fillet steak topped with truffle and mushroom butter with a side of roasted garlic and sweet potato mash. You can tell immediately that the steak is well-rested as, even though it’s on the rare side, no blood runs out when you slice through it. The gorgeous juices are right where they should be: in the steak.
With a pang of nostalgia, I had to try the milk tart. It’s very rare to see it on menus in the Middle East so I jumped at the chance to get a fix. It’s not a complex dish, but Tribes executed that simplicity well. The milk custard was lovely and soft with great cinnamon flavour and the base was crunchy against the smoothness of the filling. It did the traditional dish justice and Tribes stakes its claim as a post-shopping favourite.
On The Menu…
Platter for two including: African pie, grilled calamari, Ugandan fish cakes, Tunisian chicken giblets and pan-fried chilli and garlic prawns Dhs190
Fillet with mushroom and truffle butter and sweet potato mash Dhs140
Oxtail with mash and glazed carrots Dhs160
Milk tart Dhs30
Malva pudding Dhs30
The Bottom Line
On a budget? Here are the cheapest three courses on offer
Peri peri Sardines Dhs25
Beef Burger Dhs40
Coffee Crumble Dhs30