Emirati in Sheikh Zayed Mosque Area

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Dark wood and neon announce that this is an Emirati restaurant for the 21st century. Classic Emirati plates of machboos (a casserole of meat or fish, rice and onions cooked in a spicy sauce) and deyay shiwa (chicken marinated in saffron yoghurt) are given contemporary makeovers while there's also lighter bites such as falafel sandwiches and European dishes with Gulf twists.

Thoughtful perks: wet handcloths, a complimentary dangaw (chickpea) appetiser and a post-meal perfume tray. No alcohol available.