Lebanese cuisine at Mijana - Ritz Carlton Hotel, Abu Dhabi
I am offered a seat outside and I am glad to take it - it is a gloriously cool evening. Hello al fresco dining. And what better place to sit outside than at the Ritz Carlton with its lit palm tree trunks and of course magnificently lit up facade. My blazer is taken and hung up - nice touch. The little things. First impressions!
|Inside dining affords you a more quiet and private evening if the mood should strike.|
|The view from our table|
|Ahmad ensured an evening of sound service.|
|Loved the Henri Abele.|
|The exceptional cold mezze platter|
|Perfecly portioned hot mezze|
It is a platter with 9 very manageable servings of mezze including Beetroot moutabel, Muhammara, Hoummus, Warak enab, Labneh bil toum, Baba ganoush and some of the tastiest olives I have had in recent times. The muhammara is my favourite. It screams of freshness and has that obligatory zippy spiciness. But the labneh is not far behind - super creamy with a very appreciable mint presence. Finally, the beetroot moutabel also stands out from a very good selection of mezze.
|Raw minced lamb|
|The soon-to-be trio entertained all.|
|Seafood mixed grill.|
|The shawarma had lamb and chicken as per my request.|
The grill arrives and I am pleased I ordered it. While it serves one, it is big enough for two. It is served with a mild hot sauce that I find an interesting deviation from the usual lemon. Good a sthe sauce is though, I request some lemon. The lobster tail was grilled to my liking, with enough moisture to satisfy my taste. The shari meshui was a nice alternative to the ubiquitous hammour. Good firm texture. To enhance my seafood grill, I request a Chablis. I am served a J. Moreau&Fils 2011. Good match. I have two glasses.
The shawarama is colossal, plated and not rolled. I can see why it is priced at 80 Dhs! Everything you would want from a shawarma. It is a meal on its own.
If you have one dessert at a Lebanese restaurant, it should be Um ali. It is a very old school take on um ali, and I lap up the chopped almonds and pistachios. The um ali for me illustrates the success of Mijana - serving traditional Lebanese really well. No half measures.
|My Chateau de Roland dessert wine.|
Secondly, menu items at Mijana are surprisingly very reasonably priced. I have had the pleasure of having an American coffee for 18 Dhs in very few truly 5* hotel restaurants in the city! So, great value is assured. Let us not forget the atmosphere that was so good, and Mijana was not even full. Dining with the palatial Ritz Carlton, there to be beheld is an occasion in itself. I can only imagine what it will be like in a couple weeks when the musical duo becomes a trio as they are joined by a female singer. It will be a case of a winning formula getting even better!
Ritz Carlton, Abu Dhabi
+971 2 818 8888
Starters 28-55 Dhs
Shawarma 38-90 Dhs
Mains 75-270 Dhs
Desserts 38 Dhs
Pictures thanks to Nokia Creative Studio on my Nokia 1520