Sehr Al Bahar, a delightful Arabian restaurant in the JA Ocean View hotel sits on the third floor overlooking the soon to be finished ‘Ayn Dubai and Bluewaters Island. Located next to the pool on the terrace this outdoor restaurant, whos name means “magic of the sea” serves a whole host of Middle Eastern favourites.
From a selection of hot & cold traditional mezze to a delightful array of fresh barbecue offerings the menu is small but perfectly chosen to satisfy everyone’s desires.
Every thing is made in house, and you can tell, our starter of cold mezze was a delight, every mouthful fresh and exploding with flavours. The tabouleh, a vibrant burst of parsley balanced perfectly with the bite of the onion paired with the satisfyingly creamy hummus with just a hit of a kick of lemon made for the perfect bite every time.
The muhammara – a dip I have started seeing more and more in mezze selections and have started to become quite fond of – was delightful, not too spicy and a mind blowing combination of flavours. Made of red peppers, walnuts, pomegranate molasses with paprika and red chilli flakes to give it that kick, I think this could quite easily be my new favourite dish.
When the hot mezze selection arrived it is safe to say we were already excited, given what we had tried so far there was no doubt in our mind that this was going to be just as much of a taste adventure.
Starting with the sumptuous looking bowl of makanek – a flavoursome lamb sausage from the Levant that is peppered with spices (similar to the South African boerewors). Their size is deceptive, you would never imagine that something so small could pack so many different flavours into a single bite but the burst of garlic, ginger, nutmeg and that subtle heat of the pepper make this hot without being spicy.
The fresh haloumi is nothing like what you’ll get out of a packet in your local supermarket, it’s soft and creamy and then drizzled in pomegranate – pure perfection. Of course you cannot have a hot mezze platter with out kibbeh and cheese fatayer; with out a doubt freshly made these are easily my favourite parts of any Middle Eastern meal. The fatayer was light and absolutely stuffed with cheese while the kibbeh had a perfect crisp outside while the meat inside was succluent and packed with flavour.
By the time we got to the main course we already knew we were struggling. The food was so delicious but rich and filling and we had all gotten a little bit too excited by the starters. Though we did power through and when the mains arrived the aromas were enough to have you hungry once again.
Our mixed grill was a hearty selection of lamb, chicken and seafood – one plate is more than enough for three people to share quite comfortably. Laid with all the classics our platter consisted of shish tawook, a melt in the mouth chicken kebab marinated in yoghurt and spices, lamb kebab perfectly cooked to tender. There was also a lamb kofta which was peppered with spices and parsley as well as tender lamb chops and large, juicy prawns. I could not help but gush over the delicious blend of flavours in ever mouthful.
We could not make it to dessert, we were too full, though the menu looked very tempting with dishes such as Umm Ali and chocolate and Nutella saj, it was very tough to say no!
If dinner and a show is what you are after then do be sure to visit on a weekend when diners are treated to a spectacular live belly dancing performances from 8pm.
The only downside to the restaurant is that it is closed during the summer – which only gives you a little while to visit from my writing this – due to it being all outside. But with such a beautiful setting, absolutely beautiful staff who make sure you always have everything you need, Sehr Al Bahar ticks all of my boxes. From their menu of fresh juices and a well stocked bar to the shisha and comfortable lounge seating – what better place to enjoy a leisurely meal during the winter season.