Anar Dubai: Persian cuisine with epic views at the Madinat Jumeirah

Following a recent relaunch, Anar Dubai is back with a bang at the Madinat Jumeirah. Join your friends at The Huntr as we present the delicious details…

Whilst the Madinat Jumeirah is often teeming with tourists, it is also a favourite for locals and residents thanks to its unbelievably beautiful architecture, vibes and views. There’s no finer place to visit if you want to feel all of the ‘vacation feels’. Located within the Madinat Jumeirah’s canal area, exploring the magical souq and tiny alleyways looking for this gem is all part of the fun (Huntr tip: Ask one of the Madinat staff to point you in the right direction).

Complete with one of the best views of the majestic Burj Al Arab and surrounding waterways, this Persian paradise is the ideal place for a romantic date, a family catch up or to impress out-of-towners or clients. Open from 12noon daily until midnight for lunch and dinner, Anar utilises 2500-year-old recipes with modern techniques to serve up memorable Persian fare in a glorious, picture-perfect setting.

Named after the pomegranate (‘Anar’), the restaurant is casual and cosy and brimming with exotic Arabic ambience. The Huntr loved the pretty Persian tiled floor and the various Arabesque design elements dotted around the space. Plus – if the weather permits, it is imperative to sit outside and luxuriate with one of the most spectacular views in the city. Divine.

The menu features an array of classic Persian dishes, which are served sharing style to the table. There are ample options for vegetarians alongside the traditionally meat-heavy Arabic fare. We whetted our appetites with the glorious (complimentary) house-baked bread, which comes with herbs and feta cheese. From the starters section of the menu we opted for the Salad Shiraz (48AED) – a fresh mix of finely-diced cucumber, plum tomato and red onion tossed in fresh lime juice and olive oil. Plus the Kashk-o-Bademjan (50AED), a delicious combination of fried eggplant with sun-dried yoghurt and mint sauce. For the main event, we ordered the Khoresht Gheyme (85AED) a hearty vegetable stew of fried eggplant, yellow lentils, fresh tomato and golden fried potato, the Chelow Kabab Kubide (145AED for 2 pieces) a tender and tasty kofta served on a mini marble grill, crafted with minced lamb, onion, Persian saffron, black crushed pepper and served with steamed saffron rice and Persian Barbary rice. Plus the Joojeh Kabab (150AED) – juicy boneless baby chicken marinated in saffron, onion and fresh lime juice. On the side we had the faultless Maast-o-Mousir (48AED) a divinely creamy yoghurt with finely chopped shallots and the Botany Bademjan (48AED) – baked eggplant with creamy yoghurt and freshly-chopped garlic.

To end a relaxing lunch on a sweet note we shared the Assortment of Baklavah (60AED), which had just the right amount of sweetness and were perfectly buttery and crunchy on the outside, plus the Faloode Shirazi (55AED) – a noodle sorbet with rosewater, fresh lime and homemade pomegranate – a unique and flavourful frozen dessert.

Anar Dubai is fully licensed and offers a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The Huntr sampled the Shorbat Zafaron Mocktail (41AED) and the Anartini Cocktail (61AED).

Insider tips: Anar is busiest between 2 and 6pm and quieter in the evenings after 8pm. Sit outside if the weather permits. Paid parking at the Madinat Jumeirah.


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