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Middle Eastern Fare at Al Maeda

Dubai, being our second home for more than 3 years now, has opened our palates into different cuisines. One of which is the Middle Eastern cuisine which Mark and I have already come to love. That is why we were more than delighted when we got to indulge in an Arabian gastronomic adventure a couple of weeks back at Al Maeda Restaurant.

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Middle Eastern Fare

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It's a lush Lebanese restaurant located in Double Tree by Hilton Jumeirah, JBR. You'll immediately notice how traditional meets contemporary in the restaurant's atmosphere.

It has a combination of traditional Middle Eastern ambience—evident with the ethnic patterns covering the floor, walls, and ceiling; wooden furnitures and fixtures; and traditional lamps and kettles—coupled with elegant contemporary pieces.

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Perfect for sundowners or some chill night!

Al Maeda Restaurant's Open Kitchen
I love this part of the restaurant! It's an open kitchen where you can see how the chefs whip up your food.
They have indoor and outdoor seating areas, plus some sections for intimate gatherings for families or small groups. The greens and potted plants in the whole place also added a refreshing and homey feel.

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Traditional meets contemporary!

We chose a table at the outdoor terrace for a relaxed lunch. Guests can also have shisha here.

It was already summer time so the terrace was covered with makeshift tarp wall and air conditioning system during our visit. On nice weathers, they roll it up to make way for the beautiful view of the hotel's amenities and a glimpse of The Beach and Ain Dubai. Can't wait go back on winter for this!

Outdoor Terrace at Al Maeda
Feels like home!

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We started our meal with some cocktails and cold and hot mezze. We had the Classic Lemon Mint Cooler and Qamardin Crush. Both drinks are refreshing, but I liked the latter more (it had a mildly sweet apricot base) as the former had too much acidity. Oh and they're using paper straws, too (Not sure if they're the biodegradable ones, though, but I hope they are!).

Drinks at Al Maeda Restaurant
Classic Lemon Mint Cooler (AED 36) and Qamardin Crush (AED 36)

My personal favorite from the mezze was the classic hummus and of course, the Lebanese bread. The appetizers also included tabouleh, fattoush, mutabal and hot mezze—kibbeh, fatayer, sambousek.

A modern take on the classics, Al Maeda also serves Pistachio Hummus (which Mark adores! It's good but I guess I'm just an old soul so I'm still up for the classic one) and Beetroot Mutabal (now this one I like! Mildly sweet and tangy, yum!); the tabouleh also had a modern spin with the addition of shredded cabbage—perfect examples of "traditional meets contemporary".

Mezze from Al Maeda
Probably the yummiest mezze (and most vibrant looking spread) that I had in Dubai!

Special Arabian Lunch at Al Maeda
Trust me, I was ecstatic to see all this goodness! I’m just totally bad at posing for the camera. :p
We had Mix Grill and Chicken Rotisserie with Oriental Rice for our mains. Serving seems small in my photo but the Mix Grill is actually good for sharing. It’s a platter of lamb kofta and kebab, and shish taouk. Nothing really special about this one though each meat was flavorful and moist. It also comes with small dips/sides: garlic paste, pistachio hummus, and spicy onions. They also added some jumbo prawns (from their Grilled Bahri Mix) for us to try and I am not complaining! Though I don't think I'm up for shelling out a hefty amount just for this platter.

The Chicken Rotisserie with Oriental Rice was good—juicy and tender meat with skin that’s still crisp (it actually reminds me of the famous Filipino restaurant which specializes on chicken)—but I have to give it up for the rice! Think of beef chao fan sans the veggies, with a hint of Arabian spices. Yum!

Mix Grill from Al Maeda
Mix Grill - AED 129

Chicken Rotisserie with Oriental Rice
Chicken Rotisserie with Oriental Rice - AED 50 (half), AED 90 (whole)
For desserts, we had Basboussa Cheesecake and Mango Muhalabia. Both desserts were eye candies, but we didn't enjoy them that much.

I enjoyed watching the white chocolate dome melt as the warm strawberry coulis was poured over it, exposing the cheesecake. This is just a personal preference, but the cheesecake wasn't as dense as I'd like it to be. I also found it a tad too sweet, probably because of the coulis and white chocolate.

The Mango Muhalabia looked so chic in a martini glass. It's a classic Middle Eastern pudding, supposedly creamy, but it was more of like a stiff gelatin when I dug in. The syrup was too sweet (tasted like artificial strawberry) while the mango cubes were sour.

Basboussa Cheesecake from Al Maeda
Basboussa Cheesecake Sphere - AED 46

Mango Muhalabiah from Al Maeda
Mango Muhalabia - AED 34

Overall dining experience was good. Mark and I enjoyed their mezze and oriental rice! I love how they instill the essence of sharing especially with most of their dishes that are served family-style.

Service is also prompt and lively (staff were all cheerful and well-versed with the menu). Prices are a bit steep but the dishes are good for sharing, so maybe the cost would be much bearable when you're dining in groups.

Oh I'd also love to try their brunch! A bit of a budget stretch at AED 300+ per head, but I heard it already comes with pool and beach access. Mark and I will definitely go back for that, their mezze, and the view!

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Al Maeda Restaurant

AL MAEDAAl Maeda - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai Jumeirah Beach Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 (0)55 166 8092
00 0582609761

We were invited at Al Maeda and our meal was complimentary, but this post is not influenced nor paid for. Opinions on this blog post are my own.

All photos were taken with an iPhone 6S Plus.

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