OLEA, KEMPIN­SKI HO­TEL MALL OF THE EMI­RATES

Friday - - Iftar Round-up - Dh175per per­son, half-rate for chil­dren aged six to 12. Email restau­rants. malloftheemi­rates@kempin­ski.com.

The Le­vant has more to of­fer to a din­ner ta­ble than just street favourites like shawarma and falafel. Olea, the glam­orous Le­van­tine restau­rant at Kempin­ski Ho­tel Mall of the Emi­rates, will put mis­con­cep­tions about the re­gion’s cui­sine to rest with its if­tar buf­fet in an air-con­di­tioned ter­race mar­quee. Heap plates with both her­itage and flavours with Jor­dan’s chicken freekeh soup and mansaf la­ham (lamb in dried yo­ghurt), Pales­tine’s fa­mous up­side down dish of ma­globa daja (pot-cooked meal of veg­gies, meat and rice) and a whole host of del­i­ca­cies from Syria and south­ern Turkey too. Tra­di­tional favourites like oven-fresh pitta bread, and quench­ing Ra­madan juices of jal­lab and amared­din are also a part of the buf­fet, but it’s the cheesy ku­nafa, the baked ver­mi­celli and clot­ted or­gane cream dish of os­malieh and baklava that steal the show.

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