Tal Al Amar: A Feast of Lebanese Traditions

Located on the 47th floor of Emirates Grand Hotel with panoramic views of the Dubai skyline, Tal Al Amar is a hidden gem for authentic Lebanese cuisine at very reasonable rates.

We had the pleasure of being invited for a tasting in late January, and were very impressed with the variety of dishes on offer.

We started off our meal with a soulfully thick, moreish lentil soup. It was accompanied with crisp, deep-fried pita bread. A squeeze of lemon added a light, zesty refresher to every spoonful. This was a great start to a winter’s meal.

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As were sipping into the last morsels of soup, the table was quickly cleared and filled up with a huge spread of appetizers.

We had freshly made hummus (Arabic chickpea dip) and Moutabel (Arabic smoked eggplant dip) with hot, puffed up khubz (pita bread) that was served right out of the oven.

 

And then there was the salads, absolutely fresh and full of authentic Mediterranean flavors. I am divided over my favorite Arabic salad. I love the combination of fresh parsley and bulghar in Tabouleh, and the crisp bread sprinkled with summak (a tart Arabic spice mix) makes me crave for Fatoush. At Tal Al Amar, we had both on the table. So refreshingly delicious, and healthy to boot!

 

We were also served a platter of freshly cut salad, and this went deliciously well with the hummus and moutabel.

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Stuffed Vine Leaves are one of my favorite Mediterranean appetizers. I love the combination of the tart outer layer combined with the savory rice filling within.

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At Tal Al Amar, we were also served a platter of Green Beans. The string beans have been tossed in olive oil, and is served in a slow-cooked tomato broth. This is a dish I have not tried in the past, and really enjoyed it with the freshly baked khubz.

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Below is a platter of mixed pastries. These have all been made from scratch in the kitchen of Tal Al Amar. Some have a meaty filling, others have cheese.

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To accompany our meal, we sipped on fresh juices, made to order in-house. No bottled concoctions here!

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For our main-course, the table was heaving with a whole selection of Lebanese delicacies.

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An assortment of freshly baked breads
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Grilled Chicken Kebabs
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My absolutely favorite kebab platter at Tal Al Amar; these meaty kebabs have been drenched in a very flavorful, mildly spiced tomato gravy.
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A mixed platter of grilled meat and chicken kebabs
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I loved having the garlic-laden spinach on the side. The deep-fried onion makes it all the more tasteful.
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Sausage lovers alert: the Makanek at Tal Al Amar is to die for. Brimming with an authentic spice mix, these traditional Arabic sausages are a decadent treat not to be missed.
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Kebab Istanbul is a rich, flavorful dish of spicy fried liver.
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Arabic pickles on the sidesh.
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Yet another one of my favorite dishes at Tal Al Amar is this Fish Tajin, grilled fish served in a thick, rich white sauce with copious amounts of deep-fried onion and pine-nuts.

 

The food at Tal Al Amar is fresh and flavorful, and given the pocket-friendly pricing, you really do get tempted to try a wide variety. After this gastronomic main-course, we were really very full. And then came our round of desserts!

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A traditional Lebanese Rice Pudding accentuated with sprinkles of cinnamon powder.
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Mahalabiya, a much-loved traditional Arabic custard laced with the essence of rosewater.
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Osmalieh, a crunchy, sweet Arabic dessert made of vermicelli and piped with fresh cream.

 

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A platter of assorted Baklava.
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Chocolate pastries, and a line of very moreish, crunchy Almond Cookies.
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Dried fruit platter.
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Just look at how generously large the fruit platter is at Tal Al Amar!

 

Pity we couldn’t do justice to all this yumminess on our table. The portions at Tal Al Amar are generously huge. We had to wash down all that goodness with hot cups of tea.

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I had the pleasure of meeting the man behind all the magic, Chef Mohammed Ahmed himself. Hailing from Egypt, Chef Mohammed has been cooking up authentic Lebanese delicacies in well-renouned kitchens around the UAE for nearly two decades now. Interestingly, he is yet to visit Lebanon!

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Tal Al Amar is located on the 47th floor of Emirates Grand Hotel (Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai). With panoramic views of the Dubai skyline, and a feast of authentic Lebanese dishes at very reasonable rates, Tal Al Amar is a must-try for Arabic food lovers. For more information and table bookings, give them a call on 04 323 0000.

 

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