Kaftan La Mer: Turkish delights on the beach

Situated at South La Mer, opposite the picturesque beach, you will find Kaftan La Mer – an eatery serving up Turkish delights a stone’s throw from the bobbing blue sea…

Interiors-wise, Kaftan is as slick as they come. Think exposed, industrial-style ceiling, wooden chairs and tables, a beautiful olive tree centrepiece, Turkish art and good vibes all around. Food-wise its all about authentic Turkish cuisine. And it’s popular. When The Huntr arrived for Friday lunch there were people queuing outside waiting to get a table. A good sign, right?

To start we sampled the Gurme Peynir Tabagi (55AED), which is a breakfast platter featuring four different types of gourmet Turkish cheeses, black grapes, apricot, honey and walnuts – all served with delicious fresh bread. The Turkish salad Gavurdagi (40AED) came next. A delicate harmony of finely chopped red onions, parsley, drained tomatoes and cucumbers is topped with crunchy walnuts and fresh pomegranate, it comes with a homemade sour pomegranate sauce. It’s a light, citrusy sweet salad that features many gorgeous textures and comes highly recommended. We tried the pizza-like dish called Etli Ekmek (70 AED) next. Turkish pita bread is topped with minced meat, tomatoes, onion and parsley. This is best eaten right away as it’s freshly baked and will get cold quickly – so dig in!

For the main event we opted for the Karisik Izgara – it’s priced at 130AED for one person and 245AED for two people. We went with the one person serving and it’s a generous portion that you could easily share so do keep that in mind if you are doing a sharing style order. The dish features a butcher’s selection of the most popular grills including Tavuk Pirzola, Tavuk Sis, Kasap Kofte, Adana Kebab, Kuzu Sis and Doner Kebab. We also went with the Izgara Jumbo Karides (110AED) – grilled, fresh tiger shrimps with sweet & chilli, avocado and mustard-mayonnaise sauce. They were delicious.

Drinks-wise we washed it all down with two mocktails. The Demirhindi (35AED), which consists of a whopping 25 spices served in a copper mug. It has a sweet and sour taste with a cinnamon-based and it was refreshing and delicious. We highly recommend it. We also tried the Kiwi Margarita (35AED), which was lacking in the prettiness factor and didn’t come with enough ice, but tasted good nonetheless.

Even though the restaurant was busy when we visited the service was attentive and prompt. All and all this is a fantastic spot to visit for a lunch or a dinner in Dubai’s gorgeous new La Mer neighbourhood.


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