Time Out Says
With visito season well underway, you’re no doubt inundated with an influx of friends, family and out-of-the-blue Facebook chancers coming and going from your home. So, when looking to give your delivery boy and sofa a break, chances are said guests will want to try some proper, authentic Emirati cuisine.
And, with all those extra fils saved up from moving into your living room, they may be looking to splash out on some of the fine-dining traditions rustled up at Mezlai.
Our verdict? You might want to think twice, if this visit is anything to go by. Previously a Highly Commended restaurant in our annual awards, we’re not sure what’s happened.
Mezlai translates to “old door lock”, and where its chefs once had the key to a taste of tradition, these days it seems the cupboard is bare. While the décor, both inside and out, remains grand and palatial, the food is not so regal, and it’s super quiet when we dine.
Standards appear to be soaring with the delicious mughrabia with scallop starter, but the mains aren’t anywhere near as sucessful. We take the waiter’s two recommendations: camel tanour and lamb medfoun (the meat is wrapped in banana leaves and slow cooked in a hole dug in the earth). It’s a shame both meats are incredibly tough, especially the camel, which we leave almost untouched.
We leave, plates full and bellies empty. We hope that this is just a one-off bad-night from a once great contender that has so much going for it usually.
WHAT IS IT...
A usually top-notch spot for traditional Emirati cooking
To try some of the other dishes and let us know how they are
18 Dec 2018