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Renowned local chef Suzanne Husseini has teamed up with Market Kitchen’s Chefs to bring the ‘flavours of Arabia’ to the Abu Dhabi restaurant. And it is a must try!

So, during the Holy Month of Ramadan 2017, Suzanne Husseini, the author of the cookbook ‘When Suzanne Cooks’, is taking over Market Kitchen at the Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi with four menus throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan that offers guests the delight of the Arabian family-style dining.

We were so lucky to visit this Iftar and experience the first menu with Suzanne Husseini herself in the kitchen and at the table the night we visited. We guarantee her happiness, positive and casual attitude translates in her family-style cuisine that is hearty, flavorful and wholesome. A brilliant evening and certainly one of our preferred Iftars so far this year.

So, how does it work?

Market Iftar by Suzanne Husseini, brings an arrays of Arabic dishes served continuously throughout the meal and placed front and centre for all to share. Every week, there is a different menu for guests to enjoy during Ramadan.

To break the fast, dates were on the table and an orange lentil soup came first. It was followed by an array of three tiny dips hand made with labneh, herb nuts crust and roasted pepper along with hummus – that had a lighter texture than usual – to enjoy with individual freshly baked breads. These were just awesome, especially the zaatar scones. Resist the temptation to ask for more breads as there is a lot to enjoy afterwards.

Zaatar Scones by Suzanne Husseini

Zaatar Scones

Filo Cheese Sambousek by Suzanne Husseini

Filo Cheese Sambousek

The mains were also a hit with both fish and meat to try. The braised Lamb Shank was our favorite; it was cooked with okra and tomato sauce and the meat was falling off the bone.

The Pan Seared Red Mullet – also called Sultan Ibrahim – was crusted on a side and served on top of a warm tahini salsa and onions. The hint of lemon and orange juice in the tahini sauce made all the difference and added a refreshing and light aftertaste. Lovely! The saffron rice was probably the best we ever had, soft, not dry and with roasted pine nuts, pistachios, dates and apricots.

Pan Seared Red Mullet with Warm Tahini Salsa

Leave room for the desserts as you will have different Arabic specialties with a twist to try. The chocolate falafel – actually a chocolate truffle coated with slivered nuts- was our favorite. The traditional Attayef – fried pancakes filled with cheese or nuts served during Ramadan only- were much softer than usual. Lastly, if you prefer finishing on a light note, the M’hallabia – a milk pudding – made the job and paired well with fresh fruits.

Chocolate Falafel

M’hallabia – Milk Pudding – with Fresh Fruit Salad and Rose Syrup

All in all, it is a wholesome and exciting experience to try this Ramadan 2017 in Abu Dhabi.

Practical information

Market Iftar by Suzanne Husseini is available daily from sunset to 10pm throughout the month of Ramadan. Sharing Menu for AED 200*
*Price is subject to 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee and 4% municipality fee.

The menu also includes original mocktails, juices and a selection of coffee and tea. Check the menu below to get all details.

Market Iftar by Suzanne Husseini Menu First Week

Market Iftar by Suzanne Husseini | First Menu


MARKET KITCHEN | Le Royal Meridien, Abu Dhabi | Website

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