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Hidden gem: Perfect Thyming

Despite its easy-to-miss location, Thyme at Dubai Marina is a delightful place for those looking for Mediterranean cuisine

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If you're on the look-out for a good mid-range priced delicious Mediterranean meal in the city, Thyme restaurant at Dubai Marina could just be the place for you.

Casual yet classy, this eatery serves some of the best Mediterranean cuisine in town. There's a hitch though: You're not likely to find it all that easily, since it is located deep within an apartment block at the Oasis Beach Tower and has a very deceptive-looking entrance.

Anyway, once inside, we were quick to get down to business. For starters, I chose the bruschetta, while my friend went for fried goat cheese with green tomato chutney. I felt a bit let down by my choice as the pungent taste of the basil interfered with the sweet sauce that accompanied the crisp bread. The fried goat cheese, however, more than made up for it.

Fried to perfection, the two rounded pieces of goat cheese placed atop the sweet onion sauce melted in our mouths.

For the main course, I settled for garlic prawns and my friend went for wild mushroom risotto. While waiting for our food to arrive, my eyes were drawn towards the most spectacular feature of the place - the live cooking stations. Lined up neatly one after the other, you can work up quite an appetite while watching your food being prepared in the open kitchens.

The main course soon arrived and the aroma of garlic prawns had me excited. The prawns were simply superb and would have been the epitome of good cooking had it not been for the occasional charcoal-like taste. The wild mushroom risotto, on the other hand, overwhelmed us to the point whereby the only noise coming from our table was the clanking of forks as we savoured the food. It made for a great main course dish and is definitely a recommendation to all readers!

For dessert, we had the chocolate fondant with ice cream which was perfectly prepared and left a delicious aftertaste.

Overall, Thyme was a pleasant experience and we walked away feeling mighty cheerful.

- The author is a freelance writer