Saray Sultan (or ‘Palace of the King’) is one of the newest restaurants on the Jumeirah Beach Road strip. Serving an extensive menu of authentic Turkish dishes, the restaurant boasts of an open terrace area that is ideal for lounging given the gorgeous weather we are enjoying this month.
Saray Sultan is located off Jumeirah Beach Road, in the Jumeirah 3 area. It is on the top floor of Reem Mall.
The restaurant is pretty easy to find, but parking can be a challenge. We were there on a Wednesday, and had to park in the nearby residential area around the back.
The interiors of Saray Sultan are airy and spacious, and look out onto the patio where more tables are lined up to catch the lovely evening breeze. The décor is simplistic and nothing over the top. Turkish chandeliers hang from the ceiling, and the open-plan kitchen can be seen from the seating area inclusive of the large brick oven used to bake fresh Turkish breads.
We started off our meal at Saray Sultan with glasses of Ayran, a traditional Turkish yoghurt drink. This frothy concoction is a simple mix of fresh yoghurt and salt, served chilled. What makes it special is the fact that the yoghurt used to create the Ayran here is made in-house. And how gorgeous are the copper cups it was served in?!
Beautifully rustic Turkish copperware is used for serving all the dishes at Saray Sultan. Much to my delight, the staff tell me they have plans of selling their merchandise in the near future! Even ordinary teas and coffees will get an exotic facelift served in this set of cups along with the cage-like tray!
For appetizers, we ordered a plate of mixed mezze. This serving features six traditional dips. From left to right: Hummus, Mutabbel (smoked aubergine and sesame dip), Cucumber in Yoghurt, Baba Ghanoush (smoked aubergine mash with roasted tomatoes), and Ezme (a mildy fiery chili paste in olive oil).
The mezze platter comes with a large, fluffy Turkish bread. Baked fresh and hot out of the oven and sprinkled generously with sesame seeds, this bread is good enough to be eaten on its own!
We also ordered a Pide (a Turkish variation of pizza). This one is stuffed with thinly sliced spicy Turksih sausage, and oozing with cheese. The presentation is beautifully rustic, and the flavors of the spicy sausage along with the freshly baked crust make this Pide a delicious treat.
For our main-course, we went for Saray Sultan’s Lamb Iskander. It came to the table covered in a shiny copper dome featuring a very Arabesque crescent moon.
Beneath the lid is a generously large serving of grilled, finely shredded meat that sits on a bed of cubed Turkish bread. The entire dish is soaked up in a yoghurt gravy that is brimming with the Levantine flavors of olive oil and roasted tomato, and go beautifully well with the meatiness of the lamb. The bread cubes are soft and soggy from soaking in all that gravy goodness, and can almost be mistaken for soft-boiled potato pieces.
The Lamb Iskander dish at Saray Sultan is very hearty and filling. One serving is more than plenty to satisfy the hunger of two hungry adults, and we needed to down all that richness with many glasses of water.
Even the water at Saray Sultan is imported from Turkey. The Sirma bottles (blue for sparkling, clear for normal) even have ‘Saray Sultan’ embossed.
We ended our meal at Saray Sultan with two of Turkey’s best known desserts; Pistachio Baklava and Cheese Kunafa.
The Pistachio Kunafa, featuring very fine layers of filo pastry drenched in a rose syrup, has been packed with powdered pistachio. This is a sinfully rich, moreish dessert and you can taste the buttered goodness in every bite.
And here’s the Cheese Kunafa:
Just look at all that cheese oozing out! Stringy, warm cheese drizzled with rose syrup and encrusted with finely shredded vermicelli is what adds up to a divinely delicious ending to a hearty Turkish meal.
At Saray Sultan, one serving of dessert can easily be shared by two, and we had to pack up the leftover dessert for home.
When dining at a Turkish restaurant, how can we not have Turkish coffee? At Saray Sultan, the coffee presentation is befitting for royalty.
We had black Turkish coffee with ‘medium’ sugar. It was the perfect digestive after the very filling meal.
And look what was served with the coffee… Turkish Delight!
We had a lovely evening at Saray Sultan. The laidback ambience coupled with great service and a delicious array of authentic Turkish cuisine makes it a must-visit. We will definitely be back for more.
Saray Sultan is located on the first floor of Reem Mall, Jumeirah 3, Dubai UAE. For reservations or more information, call 04 3217700 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.