Babaji Dubai is a casual dining Turkish restaurant with Pide at the heart of the menu. It is Citywalk’s newest import and it’s prominently located just outside the mall right across Roxy Cinemas.
Pide, sometimes called ‘Turkish pizza,’ if you didn’t know is a boat-shaped flat bread with a variety of toppings that may include ground lamb, or beef; ‘Sucuklu,’ with Turkish sausage or ‘Peyniri’, Black Sea-style, with lashings of butter and cheese.
In Babaji Dubai specifically, ten kinds of pide are offered which are served hot and fresh from the brick oven every time.
We visited the place on a weeknight and it was quite busy. The restaurant exudes this cool and airy atmosphere and with a high ceiling, it looked massive and I believe they made use of the space properly. I’m not a fan of the interiors though, I feel like they can still improve the furniture to make it comfier and add probably a few more lights.
Anyway, we proceeded to order and we started with some drinks and starters. They do a pretty good job with the mocktails here and they look really nice when served.
For the starters, we tried their version of the popular hummus, oven baked halloumi, calamari and the bread basket.
My favorite would have to be the halloumi and the rest were also appetizing. They were seriously good, I could just order all the starters and be fine with it.
For the mains, we tried the pide, of course. I would recommend the four cheese pide as it really was “cheesy” and tasty. We also tried the pide with diced beef and tomato and it was also nice.
We also ordered the Topkapi Chicken which is a corn fed chicken stuffed with spiced currant served with rice. There are diced tomatoes on the side and it complemented the chicken really well. I also tried the salad just to balance it out.
A definite must-try dish was the Alizanik. It’s lamb with eggplant puree and yogurt. It’s new for me but I absolutely loved it. So far, I love their food here.
The service was to be commended too. They were very attentive and made sure we have everything that we needed. They were also not annoying and they let us enjoy our time.
In between, we ordered some Turkish coffee and tea. They have the same presentation as with the other Turkish restaurants that I have visited so far and I’m glad to say their coffee and tea were as authentic as it can get.
We finished the meal off with the most popular dessert, Baklava. I loved their version because the portion was just right and it was best partnered with the Turkish ice cream.
All in all, I liked dining at Babaji Dubai. It’s a nice new restaurant that serves really good quality Turkish food that even the discerning diners will approve of. It’s definitely going on my list of top Turkish restaurants in Dubai. It’s really good, it’s not enough that you read reviews, you need to try it for yourself.