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Uzbek food on the rise at Zor Dubai

Sometimes you want Italian. Sometimes you fancy Chinese. But what about the time you’re in the mood for, well, Uzbeki cuisine? It might be more of a niche one, but it shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re at The Pointe

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Zor opened at the end of 2020, serving traditiona­l Uzbek dishes. If anything then 2021 should be the year you try new cuisiones and not just because it has utterly astounding view of the Palm Fountain at Atlantis The Palm from its upper level hangout. Alongside regional mezze regulars,why not be experiment­al and try the tasty chalop (a light, refreshing apple, cucumber, yoghurt dip) with puffy Uzbek bread. For Carb fan, there’s even a special ‘dough’ section that will surely blow you away. It includes traditiona­l classic like samsa (baked savoury pastry stuffed with vegetables, chicken, beef or lamb) as well as lavash, cheburek (fried dough stuffed with cheese or lamb), khachapuri (crispy Georgian dough with cheese) and vareniki (potato dumplings). However, the perfect dish on the menu is with a doubt the pumpkin manti, steamed dumplings stuffed with the fragrant orange veg, onions and herbs. The traditiona­l sour cream is served on the side, too, meaning this dish is much lighter than you might expect. Don’t miss the cheese cheburek either – a gigantic, calzone-style dish of folded dough stuffed with mozzarella cheese.

Mains include traditiona­l braised osh lamb, various koftas and shashlik.

Open daily 1pm-1am. Licensed. The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, zor.ae (04 566 9612).

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