Dolmabahce restaurant abu dhabi

An unmissable taste of Turkey in Abu Dhabi

One day I went with my Turkish friends to visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. After the visit I couldn’t miss the opportunity for us to try the food at Dolmabahce: a Turkish restaurant which defines itself as the “home of authentic Turkish cuisine” – so I suggested going there for dinner.

THE AMBIENCE
Entering the restaurant we were pleasantly greeted by a scent of lemon and, once seated at the table, the waiter brought small damp towels to refresh our hands. The place was elegant and very cosy.

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Dolmabahce – © Raffaella Calabria

THE FOOD
Before ordering we were immediately welcomed by a small aperitif and a delicious bread.

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Aperitif – © Raffaella Calabria

As I went there with Turkish friends, naturally I let them choose the dishes.

They chose several dishes to share, and as a starter they ordered a Gavurdağı Salatasi with extra sauce: a fine chopped salad with walnuts and pomegranate sauce. From the first taste I was in raptures! Although it was a simple recipe, it was very fresh. The bitterness of the sauce lent it a delicious strong taste, though according to my friends the sauce should be sweeter.

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Gavurdağı Salatası – © Raffaella Calabria

Then we chose a Su boregi Inegöl Köfte ile: a cheese pastry with “Inegol” meat ball. A few months ago I ate one made by a Turkish lady and it was a little tastier.

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Su boreği Inegöl Köfte ile – © Raffaella Calabria

To follow we ate an Ali Nazik Kebab: tender veal cubes with smoked eggplant and yogurt. It was delicious with an exquisite taste.

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Ali Nazik Kebab – © Raffaella Calabria

 – The highlight – 
Our last dish was an Iskender Kebab (as for the salad, even in this case we asked more sauce): a Turkish doner kebab with iskender sauce. This was certainly the highlight of the dinner! As well as the exquisiteness of the meat with tomato sauce, the extra touch that won me over was definitely the bread cubes flavoured with butter which were hidden under the meat. It was love at first bite ….. I thought about it for at least two days afterwards!

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Iskender Kebab – © Raffaella Calabria

Finally we chose a Künefe: a traditional Arab dessert typical thoughout the Middle East, a Turkish cheese pastry soaked in sweet sugar-based syrup. It was good but according to my Turkish friends it wasn’t the best in the area.

Following Turkish tradition, we finished the dinner with black tea and Turkish coffee.

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Künefe – © Raffaella Calabria
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Turkish Tea – © Raffaella Calabria
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Turkish Coffee – © Raffaella Calabria

THE SERVICE
The service was impeccable, and the waiters replaced the bread basket before it was empty and before we asked them to do it.

THE PRICE
The total price was 537.00 AED (134,25 €), and this included 2 bottles of water.

CONCLUSION
To sum up, the dinner was excellent! And writing this review, I had the mouth watering thinking at the Iskender Kebab … I can’t wait to going back to Abu Dhabi to eat it again! :)

 

Dolmabahce
Al Raha Boulevard, Al Zeina, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: 02-5525571

Working Hours: Saturday – Friday
From 12:00 PM – 12:30 AM
(Last Order 11:30 PM)
Breakfast: Friday & Saturday
From 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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