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Meylas is a traditional restaurant highlighting the Emirati culture and traditions both in food and decor
Remember the Meylas Emirati food truck scouring the city earlier this year at Mushrif Park and Abu Dhabi Art Fair in 2014?
Well, if you haven’t tasted the food yet, you now have the chance to experience their traditional dishes as Meylas has opened their first restaurant in Abu Dhabi.
Located in Al Muneera at Al Raha Beach, we can’t wait for cooler days as they also have an amazing terrace facing the sea.
Indoors the decor will make you nostalgic-from the old school chairs taking you back to the 1950’s to the semolina cans used as forks and knives holders on the tables, we adore the setting.
Everything seems to have been carefully handpicked and the owner shared the story of the metal-crafted outdoor fence now used as a wall closet in the restaurant. This door was given to Meylas by a policeman based in Al Ain who lived in a house donated by His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan
Meylas has an extensive menu reflecting the Emirati soul with recipes passed down through the generations. Prices are quite affordable with all dishes priced under 100 AED.
For starters, we tried Shorbat Adas, a lentil soup served in an enamel bowl. The arugula salad was fresh and we also especially enjoyed the balance between the soft Emarati curd cheese, white onions and the date syrup dressing.
For our main, we had the Semach Mashway-grilled local Zebreem fish. stuffed with onions, tomatoes and Arabic spices. Flavourful and tasty, we thoroughly enjoyed eating it with our hands.
Our order of Tahtat Rubyan was prepared with local prawns, rice, Arabic spices, tomatoes and onions. The generous portions make this delicious and comfy dish, ideal to share amongst a party of two.
We couldn’t resist ordering the Legeimat – fried sweet dough sprinkled with sesame seeds and served with date syrup – as a dessert with a Karak tea and didn’t regret our choice.
Check the corner at the back of the restaurant before leaving. Covered with wooden crates recycled as shelves, you will find cute gifts items such as postcards and totes illustrated by Emirati artists, marbles for kids or dates, lemon and green mango pickles to purchase.
Meylas is definitely a place to visit with friends and family to enjoy traditional Emirati hospitality, culture and food.
Meylas Restaurant Abu Dhabi
Tel:+971 2 444 88 84
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