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Enigma: A classic Turkish experience

Restaurant Review: Enigma

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  • Cuisine:  

    Turkish
  • Good for:  

    Romance
  • Credit card:  

    Yes
  • Avg. Cost per Person:

    400 Dhs
  • Location:  

    Palazzo Versace, Jadaf , Dubai
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Opening hours:
7pm-11pm

Phone number:
04 556 8888


DUBAI: I had my second tryst with another Turkish restaurant in as many weeks as I couldn’t say no to a chance to dine in one of the finest restaurants in the city. I am talking about Enigma at Palazzo Versace.

The restaurant overlooks Dubai Festival City and the manmade beach at Umm Hurair, and I was told the outdoor seating will be operational during winter.

For starters, I opted for Aegean Shrimp and chilled soup. The Aegean Shrimp was shrimp marinated in mandarin and served with lemon cream and green apple sorbet.

The dish was nothing short of an amuse bouche (palate teaser) as the French say. To think of it, fruit goes very well with seafood, but this one was absolutely remarkable.

The chilled soup on the other hand was a sort of comfort food. Largely made of Ayran (a yoghurt based syrup) and mint oil, it had some chick peas and wheat, making for a healthy treat.

The main course followed, and it was straight forward in terms of taste, presentation and portion. I ordered the 7 Spices Lamb Neck, which was cooked for over 36 hours. The meat was juicy and tender and just melted in the mouth.

The science behind cooking mutton for long hours is that it helps soften the meat, making it juicy, without drying it out.

My second main course was pan-seared chicken breast. The chicken was cooked with cream, cauliflower and spinach, and served with apricot chutney. It turned out to be such a delightful blend of flavours I decided I would be coming back here for the same dish.

I took the chance to dig into some crunchy hazelnut parfait, as hazelnut desserts are a rarity in the city, and this is what sets Enigma apart. It uses ingredients that a lot of restaurants in the city have neglected.

The pastry-like hazelnut dessert is sure to remind one of the good old hazelnut ice-cream which was so popular in the 1990s.

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