Fine dining Emirati cuisine @ Aseelah
It was head Chef Uwe from Germany who had an idea some 5 years back to create a fine dining Emirati restaurant. It took a long time to bring it to life but for those who have already had the privilege of dining at Aseelah, they would agree with me when I say it was definitely worth the wait.The glamorous venue is a modern take on traditional Emirati decor which will leave you in awe. Radisson Blu Deira is home to some great restaurants, another one of them being The China Club.At the time when I dined the inside decor and the outside shisha patio overlooking the pool and the Dubai Creek were yet to be complete. This didn’t stop the Aseelah from impressing.The restaurant is broken down into 3 areas with 3 separate menus. One is a lounge with an Arabic DJ and a fully licensed bar. The second the formal dining area with 2 live cooking stations, one including a wood fire oven to freshly bake Arabic bread and the other which will be a hot and cold dessert station.I loved the crockery design. It added to the finesse of the place. Thess our waitress for the day was very polite and attentive. Upon arrival they serve a saffron shot.Aseelah is the only licensed Emirati restaurant in Dubai. The shisha restaurant is set to serve of 70 different flavors of shisha.They serve a refreshing menu of mocktails as well as serve a sweet date bread as a pre appetizer.We weren’t the only ones to order this fabulous beetroot carpaccio with rocket and a tahini flavored laban. The best part is it’s made with fresh local ingredients.We then wet our palettes with this warm and comforting chicken vermicilli noodle soup with fried onions and local spices. Aromatic and full of flavor.Our mains included this smoked rack of lamb with a saffron and cardamom infused gravy which in my opinion dulled the flavor of the smoked meat. It comes served with a side of walnut and apricot cous cous, underneath a large spoonful of sauteed spinach.The tastiest of the mains had to be this machboos fish. We asked for the gravy on the side as it is quite spicy with a mix of onions capsicums and spices but if anything it only enhanced the taste of the fish. We also asked to swap for the arabic date rice which was lovely and sweet. I finally tried camel! In the form of these trio camel sliders below each with a different topping. They aren’t as tough as what most people say camel meat is like because Chef Uwe makes the patties the same as he has done for years as passed down through generations, with a helping of onions and breadcrumbs. They come served with my favorite type of fries, sweet potato!When it came to tea time we were overwhelmed by the choices but the best part is this fancy menu with the option of smelling the various herbal and floral aromas before making your final decision.Not only that they present the tea in this gorgeous clear teapot along with a timer for brewing the tea exactly to your liking.We were then spoilt with dessert options from the traditional luqaimat to a baked cardamom cheesecake and a warm date cake served with mango and passionfruit ice cream; the latter being my favorite.The saffron cheesecake looked fabulous presented in this dark chocolate sphere sprayed in gold but the saffron flavor was not present. Regardless of the taste we were impressed by the presentation.I am already planning my return visit for Ramadan this year. At 165AED a pop this is such great value for the level of service and the quality of food you will receive in this modern Levantine restaurant.
Location: Radisson Blu, Baniyas, Dubai
Phone: 04 2057333