We all know that Dubai is home to the most iconic and luxurious hotels in the world and this city is a melting pot of several cuisines and cultures but when it comes to food, I believe the visitors and residents alike still long for the authentic Arabic cuisine.
But how does one know when an Emirati restaurant is authentic when the Arabic cuisine is very diverse and contains a combination of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Indian food? For starters, seasonings and spices play an important role in Arabic food and I believe I just found one of the finest restaurants in Dubai offering authentic Emirati cuisine in the form of Siraj.
Siraj is a restaurant located right next to the Dubai Mall, overlooking the iconic Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall fountains offering its guests the perfect setting to indulge in the culinary delights of the Arab world.
We came to visit one afternoon as soon as they opened because we were walking around the mall and was looking for a new place to discover. When we went to the Souk Al Bahar area, we saw this nice looking restaurant from the outside and decided to give it a try.
The interiors were amazing, it’s like entering a cave but a modern one. The rustic feel and the ambiance were impressive and so we decided to sit and order drinks to start with.
They have some pretty drinks here and I love the twist that they’re putting on it. I ordered a blended drink which was a bit spicy but really good.
We checked the menu and they offer the usual stuff that other Emirati restaurants have. We asked for their recommendations and so we ordered and waited for the food. I roamed around the place while waiting and I’m really in awe of the design and was fascinated by the outdoor seating and the view.
When the food came and we tried them all, I was so happy we discovered this restaurant.
Seriously, this was one of the best Emirati food I have ever tried and even the hummus which I’m not a fan of became my instant favorite. The food was so good, I cannot stress enough how delicious they tasted.
The service was also superb and it’s one of those places where you try to find a fault in something but you just can’t because it’s so good. What made me happy even more was the fact that the prices were affordable considering the location.
So to conclude, I would definitely recommend you try dining at Siraj. I’ve learned that they have shisha too and the coffee is great as well. Those are just two more reasons to visit the place.
I just love the restaurant, the vibes, the lighting and the overall concept was perfect for me and I will without a doubt come back when I’m in the area. You should visit too and I’m sure you will be satisfied and leave with a memorable experience.