Mama’esh Al Manara: Delicious Palestinian fare in a rustic homegrown gem

Named after mana’esh (or manakish) – the delicious flatbread that’s a Middle Eastern cuisine staple, Mama’esh Al Manara is just one of several Mama’esh outlets in Dubai. This homegrown Al Safa gem serves, as you might have guessed, one of the city’s best mana’esh, plus fatayer, soups and salads, appetisers, wraps and desserts.

Open daily from 7am until 1am for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all of the flour used for Mama’esh’s freshly baked delights is organic and there are organic coffees and teas available too. Complimentary filtered water and wifi is on offer and there’s a pretty little outdoor terrace seating area for the cooler months. Inside the dining space is divided into two areas and offers various seating arrangements for small and large groups. And at the centre of the rustic space is the authentic wood-fired stone oven.

The Huntr arrived around 10.30am on a weekday to find the restaurant 90% full and bustling with people enjoying brunch with friends and family. Peckish but not starving, we opted to eat the Mixed Cheese Fatayer (25AED), which was gooey and moreish and perfectly paired with the Palestinian Hummus with Green Chilli Garnish (19AED). The green chilli in the hummus gave the perfect amount of spice and heat. We washed it all down with Iced Hibiscus (12AED).

Insider tips: Mama’esh Al Manara offers free valet parking. Expect a small wait for a table during peak times. The free wifi and water make it a great place to work, provided you won’t be easily distracted by the hustle bustle. There are ample vegetarian options on the menu. 

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