Ruya is a contemporary venue, influenced by tradition and the warmth of Turkish hospitality which offers guests a remarkable atmosphere, vibrant experiences and comfortable surrounds.
Located in the stylish and sophisticated Grosvenor House in Dubai Marina, Rüya brings the soul of a traditional Turkish Meyhane to Dubai, where friends gather to socialise and unwind. I, together with other bloggers were invited by Monica of DoinDubai.com to try out the new place. The restaurant is capacious and offers a lot of seating options to suit your preference be it beside the open kitchen, the bar, the more intimate couches and even al fresco at the terrace overlooking the Dubai Marina walk.
To start, we had the Crudites, or raw vegetables and red pepper yoghurt which was nicely presented. Followed by the Citir Kalamar or more popularly known as calamari. Then we had the Levrek, the sashimi seabass with mustard and shaved radish and they also served zucchini fritters. Last to come was the Firin Pancar, roasted baby beetroot, goats cheese and cornbread. After tasting each one of them, I am already appeased and had no idea how to move on to the main courses.
For the main courses, Chef Colin and the team prepared Chicken Cag Kebap, which is a horizontally stacked rotating kebab that originated from Turkey’s Erzurum province. We also had the Adana Kebap, spicy minced lamb and burnt tomato and they served us a whole grilled seabream. We also had the Kuymac or cheese fondue and more cheese in the 2 cheese pide with slow cooked egg. I honestly am very happy indulging on all these turkish food in front of me. They are not only appealing and Instagram worthy but they actually tasted really good.
As a newly opened restaurant, I believe that great customer service is essential to its success. I’m thrilled and pleased that Ruya’s staff delivered excellent customer service last night. From the reception to the chefs to the waiters and the other crew, we experienced nothing but superior customer service so we really enjoyed the night.
Overall, if it wasn’t too obvious, I genuinely enjoyed our dining experience at Ruya. It’s a perfect place to catch up, it wasn’t too quiet and the background music was not too loud either. The staff were attentive to the needs of the diners and the food was absolutely distinctive and exquisite. I would definitely recommend this to my colleagues and with the advent of other restaurants also serving turkish dishes, I believe Ruya will set itself apart from all those and be the authority when it comes to Antolian food and turkish cuisine. it’s so good, don’t just take my word for it, you have to try it for yourself.