Addicted Abu Dhabi: A tiny little gem offering an authentic Midye Dolma experience

Join The Huntr as we present Addicted Abu Dhabi and take a closer look at this intriguing new homegrown concept…

Anyone who has visited Turkey will have fond memories of the food stalls lining the streets selling stuffed mussels (or ‘Midye Dolma‘) and if you’re a fan you can get extremely excited as a whole concept has popped up in the UAE capital dedicated to this delicacy.

Newly opened in mid October 2019, Addicted Abu Dhabi offers an authentic Midye experience and uses high-quality mussels imported from Turkey and New Zealand for each creation.

The space itself is compact and well thought out. The white-washed walls and wicker transport you to Turkey, whilst offering a peaceful respite from the city buzz. More of a takeaway place than a “sit inside and enjoy a full three-course-meal” place, Addicted serves everything in takeaway containers. Alcohol-free, the drinks menu is limited to 4 mocktails, soft drinks and water. The food menu is just as compact and offers three different kinds of mussel dishes (served in small or large portions) with four different sauces to choose from. Addicted Corn is the only side dish and you can also opt to order the mussels in a family-sized box.

The Huntr ordered the small portion of the signature Addicted Mussels (37AED), which is the traditional Turkish Midye, the Deep Fried Mussels with Spicy Sauce (37AED, small) and the Pan Fried Mussels with Addicted Sauce (37AED, small). All of the variations were fresh, delicious and moreish. We were also elated to find Addicted Dolma (46AED) on the specials after falling in love with this typical homemade Turkish dish on a visit to Turkey.

Insider tips: Currently in soft opening phase. Open daily from 1pm. Closes at 10.30pm Sunday-Wednesday and midnight Thursday-Saturday. Free Wifi available. 

Photography and reporting by Bei-Bei Yang exclusively for The Huntr


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