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Em Sherif restaurant review

Restaurant Review: Em Sherif

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  • Cuisine:  

    Arabic
  • Good for:  

    Couples
  • Credit card:  

    Yes
  • Avg. Cost per Person:

    200 Dhs
  • Location:  

    The Address Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai , Dubai
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Opening hours:
Daily noon-4pm, 8pm-midnight. A la carte menu, 4pm-7pm

Phone number:
04 424 3000


Em Sherif restaurant is all about indulgence: from the lavish and bold interiors and its location right next to The Dubai Fountain to the vast spread of Arabic dishes that come as part of its pricey set menu.

However, with Em Sherif’s newly launched a la carte menu that is served from 4-7pm, indulgence just got a little bit more affordable.

Whoever I’ve talked to about this restaurant has gushed about how beautiful it is and I was not disappointed when I visited for the first time. The interiors are luxurious and heavily Arabic-themed, but still airy and modern. My friend and I decided to sit outdoors with a clear view of The Dubai Fountain.

First we pick the starters we love the most — hummus, moutabbal and manakish zaatar. The hummus is silky smooth and perfectly flavoured, as is the moutabbal, which is generously sprinkled with sweet and tart pomegranate seeds. The manakish comes in small bite-sized disks, which was a surprise because I was expecting the usual large, soft type that can be found at bakeries.

The kibbeh sajieh is one starter that I especially enjoyed. The small, flat cutlet was meaty and beautifully spiced.

For mains, we tried the shish taouk, which had a flavourful paste covering it. The chicken was soft and tender, and came with a pungent garlic paste that was perfect for dipping.

For dessert, I had to try my evergreen favourite, Umm Ali. It was milky, not too sweet and super comforting. To try something different, we blindly ordered the nashawiyyet remmen. What came was a sweet surprise — a clear jelly packed with fresh pomegranate seeds and topped with nuts. Each bite was crunchy and juicy and I recommend it as a light end to a heavy meal.

Whether for a quick evening bite or a full meal, the a la carte menu is a great way to sample some high-end Arabic dishes on a budget.

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