Mandilicious - selected malls in Abu Dhabi and Dubai
On a recent visit to the Bawabat Al Sharq Mall in Bani Yas, I stumbled across Mandilicious, an Arabic restaurant that specializes in serving mandi, a dish that originates from Yemen but is incredibly popular in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. Having lived in Saudi Arabia for 5 years, I grew to love mandi, especially when made the authentic, albeit laborious way, of cooking everything in a covered hole so that all flavors are trapped. Mandi, for those who don't know, comes from an Arabic word meaning 'dew'. This is because the meat is so moist and tender - Mandi is basically rice, spices and either meat or chicken.
|Relaxed traditional seating|
There are so many options. I am tempted to get the Madfoon, a traditional Emirati dish known for its slow cooking method and the Camel Mugalal, boneless camel meat served on your favourite kind of rice. In the end, though, we order a combo meal of Mutton mandi, mutton soup, vegetable tabeekh and a salad.
|A substantial meal for 3 people.|
|Mitsuki loved the chance to enjoy mandi in a mall.|
|Mandi up close|
The low down
Abu Dhbai: Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre
Dubai: Times Square Centre, Arabian Center, Lamcy Plaza, JAFZA Foodcourt 2
800 81 81 81
Our meal for 3 cost 50Dhs.