For food lovers who have yet to try the unique flavor of Middle Eastern cuisine, and who want to take in the unique cultural experience of dining at an The Best Arabic Restaurants In Dubai, will find that dining at one of these eateries can be overwhelming at first. However, if you want to make the most of dining at an Arabic restaurant, there are several tips to consider in order to have the best experience possible at one of these establishments.
1. Try Traditional Fare- When dining in an Arabic restaurant, consider trying some of the traditional fare that the eatery offers. There are many traditional dishes that you should look for on the menu.
– Briyani- A traditional Arabic main dish that showcases Middle Eastern herbs and spices, prepared with basmati rice. Typically Briyani can be tried with either chicken, lamb or fish as the main meat.
– Kebabs- One of the most popular traditional dishes served at Arabic restaurants are kebabs. Typically kebabs include some type of meat, with a blend of spices, onions and vegetables. However, traditional Middle Eastern kebabs feature lamb.
– Baklava- This is a popular desert, found at most Middle Eastern restaurants and is a sweet pastry filled with nuts.
Most courses at these restaurants utilize standard Middle Eastern preparation methods. This means plenty of fresh herbs and extra virgin olive oil. Rice is also a typical side dish and is often incorporated as part of many main dishes.
2. Take in the Ambiance- Many Arabic restaurants will typically feature traditional decor from the Middle East. This can only enhance the overall dining experience as traditional Arabic decor and lighting takes its cues from the warm and inviting colors of the desert. Even if you are not actually dining in the Middle East, many traditional restaurants will provide patrons with a backdrop such as this that can provide a more authentic overall experience.
3. Start With an Appetizer- When trying Arabic food for the first time, at a restaurant, its often a great idea to try out some appetizers first. These dishes are ideal for sharing and often give you a better idea of traditional snacks and treats that Arabic eaters tend to enjoy at home. Hommos, or Hummus, is a blended chick-pea based dip, typically served with pita bread that is not only popular in Arabic cultures but around the globe as well. Tabouleh salad is another popular dish found on many Middle Eastern menus and is a light and healthy option. The salad usually has parsley, onion, tomatoes, mint and bulgur. It can be enjoyed on its own, or as a dip.
4. Be Aware of Your Water Order- Typically if you are dining at an Arabic restaurant, you will find that instead of serving standard ‘still’ waters, the water menu at Middle Eastern eateries is often more complicated. Typically, diners can choose from mineral water, or traditional water, and can choose between ‘still’ or ‘sparkling’ water. Usually in traditional Middle Eastern establishments, water is served by the bottle in large or small sizes.
5. Try Shisha- For an authentic dining experience, many patrons will finish their meal with shisha. Shisha is smoked from a special type, similar to a hookah pipe, and is seen as a social experience for diners, and. Typically, several patrons will enjoy a single shisha pipe at a time after their meal and desert. Most traditional Middle Eastern establishments will have a special section of their restaurant designated solely to shisha smoking.
For food lovers looking to try Arabic food for the first time, remembering these basic tips can help them have the best experience possible at any Middle Eastern establishment.
Lido Restaurant & Cafe Shop was first established in 2008 to introduce Malaysian diners to unique Arabic fusion food. In the Arabic language, the world ‘laziz’ is translated to mean delicious. The restaurant offers Shisha hookah, a fresh menu and its own herb infused drink menu.