What better way to break your fast than with amazing food and a spectacular view? With Al Maeda you get both. From the most stunning decor to an array of mouth-watering dishes everything about this restaurant makes it an easy choice for an Iftar with family or friends.
Stepping through the doors you are met immediately by the kitchen with the bakery overflowing with fresh pitas, each one branded with the restaurants name – a quirky kitsch touch I fell instantly in love with. The floors are a stunning geometric tile that will have you hashtagging #IHaveThisThingWithFloors and the overall feel of the venue is breath taking.
The modern and subtle nods to the restaurant’s Levant roots and its clearly Mediterranean aesthetics sets the scene for a relaxing meal all round, from the stunning marble topped bar backed by shelves of fine tipples and a small nook, like something plucked from the pages of a Bronte novel that just begs for a book and an Old Fashioned.
The open kitchen, while not dominating the room certainly takes a grand place. With a flame grill, bakery and stove on display it is something else to watch as the chefs go about preparing the meals as if it were nothing; they dance around the kitchen with ease and finesse while still finding the time to chat to patrons and make sure everything is as it should be.
The Iftar buffet on offer is something to behold, the entire spread oozes a rustic charm that other cuisines just never quite capture with such ease, there is something about the tradition of Levant food that should never be compromised.
The most enjoyable part of the Iftar experience has to be the family table feeling of the buffet, served on a long wooden table everything is served together, the desserts on one side and the cold mezze on the other but they still feel close enough to intermingle, much like you’d imagine a mother’s kitchen table to be around Iftar – busy with mouthwatering dishes her family are excited to try.
From the fattoush to the hummus and the tabbouleh to the haloumi everything was perfect. The bread, which is brought fresh from the kitchen to your table, is quite possibly the highlight of the starters though, light, fresh and warm enough that it ilicits the smile only freshly baked goods can bring.
The mains were just as delightful and catered to every taste without being overwhelming. There was seafood, beef, lamb, chicken and, of course, vegetarian options and each dish, equally as delicious.
I never thought I would be having roast chicken and roast potatoes at an Iftar but they were welcome on my plate.
The kofta is easily one of the must try dishes, flame grilled right in front of you these kebabs are melt in the mouth tender and absolutely packed with flavour.
Now I’m not often a huge advocate for desserts but the selection at Al Maeda is small and well executed; from the Nutella chocolate mousse that is rich, thick and sumptuous to the Umm Ali that is made as tradition dictates every offering ensures a sweet ending to your Iftar.
This is a sponsored post. I was compensated, but all opinions are my own.
Price: AED 139
Timings: Sunset – 9pm
Phone: +971 55 16 68 092
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