The Beach Dubai

Fine dining Middle Eastern food and beach views at the Khaladiya Palace
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Time Out Says

When The Beach restaurant decided to change its approach from being a part of the saturated seafood restaurant market to Arabic cuisine, we applauded. While Middle Eastern restaurants are everywhere, fine dining MENA food is more difficult to find.

The ambiance is a miss-match, the beautiful deck with stunning views affords a social atmosphere that is far more popular than the somewhat dull interior. We opt to sit inside due to the cooler weather but instantly regret the move. The inside is airy and clean, but a little stiff, with sometimes stilted silence filling the room, a polar opposite to the happy chatter we see outside. The menu has an eclectic range of mezze options, grills and some non-Arabic dishes, but we prefer to stick with specialities at hybrid restaurants.

For an Arabic feast, we felt it would be remiss to avoid the mezze and so opt for the mezze platter to start. This selection is dished up with favourites including hummus, tabbouleh, kibbeh and baba ganoush. We tuck in, always a fan of the shared dining experience.

We love the hummus, scooping it up with freshly baked flat bread. The tabbouleh is also some of the best we have had in the city - the perfect balance of lemon juice, parsley and bulgur have us wolfing the whole lot down. Every mini dish has its own identity and no quality has been sacrificed despite the wide range of mezze on the platter.

The service is prompt, though not overbearing, and we quickly rattle through courses. For mains we opt for, on recommendation, the chef’s speciality of kebab Rayhaan along with fattoush and halloumi.

The fattoush is acidic, but the balsamic is complemented by all the usual ingredients alongside the addition of walnuts. We love this twist; it gives the fattoush a little more weight and the slightest of nutty undertones which match the acidity of the dressing.

The halloumi is dished in reasonable sized portions and is your typical cheesy wonder, chewy and full of mouthwatering goodness. The kebab Rayhaan is not what we expect, however it still impresses. The minced lamb is stuffed with vegetables and brings hearty and explosive flavour - despite looking a little unappealing. The meat is reminiscent of burger patties, though the texture is of a far higher quality.

Having ordered far too much, and needing to take at least half the food home, we couldn’t even entertain the idea of desserts, though we most certainly will return.

Overall The Beach is an enjoyable experience, with great food, good service and an impressive menu; just make sure you sit outside where the real Beach restaurant charm is.

The bill (for two)
Mezze Dhs50
Fattoush Dhs30
Halloumi Dhs35
Kebab Rayhaan Dhs90
Total (excluding service) Dhs205

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff  | 12 Jan 2014

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FacilitiesOpen for lunch
12:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 11:30 PMMonday: 12:00 PM to 11:30 PMTuesday: 12:00 PM to 11:30 PMWednesday: 12:00 PM to 11:30 PMThursday: 12:00 PM to 11:30 PMFriday: 12:00 PM to 11:30 PMSaturday: 12:00 PM to 11:30 PM
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Abu Dhabi, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Al Ras Al Akhdar - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

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