Fellow Foodie: Nikhil Mammen
Food Review Invite
I am absolute sucker for trying new cuisines so when I was invited for a cute little Zomato meet up, you best believe I was beyond ecstatic. A little bit about Kaftan Restaurant – A modern set-up presenting the spirit of Ottoman & Turkish cuisine at a unique location with a spectacular view of the Burj Al Arab. They have wifi, outdoor seating arrangements, home delivery, valet parking and much more. They are well known for their Kunafa, Mezze, Lentil Soup, Adana Kebab, Iskander Kebab, Turkish Tea and Turkish Breakfast.
Service: Their service was top notch and every one was on their toes at all times and highly attentive. When you are served food with a warm and genuine smile, even average tasting food can leave a mark on you – not saying that Kaftan’s food was anywhere near being average. 😛
Price: Kaftan is a casual dinning place. Their prices very well keep up with the quantity and quality of food. For the price you pay, you get some really delicious and worth every penny kinda spread.
Ambiance: Where do I start with their ambiance! They have an outdoor seating tent as well as plenty indoor seating space. Pictures could not do any justice to how beautiful the decor on the inside and outdoor was. With comfy chairs and elegant cutlery indoors, the outdoor seating was no less with beautiful fairy tree lights, Turkish decor accents and cute lanterns. Not to forget, Kaftan faces the beautiful Burj Al Arab giving a very close and beautiful view of the iconic building.
~~~ We tried a lot of things off their menu including their breakfast spread. I will be going through the things I absolutely loved and what I recommend one should definitely try on their visit to Kaftan.
~~~ We got to try their breakfast menu which had me SHOOOK with the variety, quantity and the lavish spread they laid in front of this. They serve the breakfast menu all day until 3 AM.
What we had;
As I am allergic to red meat, I was pretty sure my options to indulge would be extremely minimal. But that was not the case here, they have plenty options for the vegetarians and people who do not indulge in lamb, beef etc. ❤
- Gurme Peynir Tabagi [55AED]: This was a beautiful platter of 4 types of cheese along with some black grapes, dried figs, walnuts and apricots. What I loved especially about this was that they had a variety between cheese that are highly strong in flavour and cheese that is more on the milder side. I am not so big on cheese, so I loved the milder one such as the sweet shredded cheese. You have to pair these with fruits as they taste way better then. This is easily shareable between 2 to 4 people.
- Bal and Kaymak [40AED]: An organic bee honey comb from the high mountains of Kars served with thick and fresh Turkish dairy cream. This was my first time an actual honey comb. This was natural and extremely sweet. Therefore to go along with it, it was paired with some Turkish clotted creme. Kaymak is milk that is boiled until a thick layer of rich cream is formed on the top. After cooling, it has a very semi solid kind of texture is is extremely creamy and goes deliciously well with the organic honey comb. This is an absolute must try! ❤
- Kasap Sucuk Izgara [40AED]: This next one was not only my friend’s favourite but also was one of the most liked dishes that night. This dish was home made with 100% beef Turkish Soudjouk. These were served in a skillet. The meat was soft and almost melted in the mouth.
- Virgin Peach Daiquiri [35AED]: Not a big fan of peach but honestly this was the best drink I had that night. Stood out from the rest. I loved the peachy flavours!
- Virgin Mojito [35AED]: I liked this drink too! Especially to have along with some Turkish food, this drink went very well with the food.
- Zeytinyagli Sarma [25AED}: Now the thing about this dish is that it confuses you. When you take the first bite you feel like never having to take a bite of this again. At least for me, I found it to be extremely sour and did not like the taste at first. Then from the second bite onwards, it started growing on me and I had almost all of it. This dish is made up of traditional grape leaves which are rolled and filled with cinnamon infused rice and roasted pine nuts. These grape leaves are soaked in brine in order to make them soft which in turn makes them melt in the mouth.
- Has Pacasi [45AED]: This dish was oven roasted tender pieces of lamb meat laying on a raisin infused Turkish rice with almonds. My friend loved this dish especially because of the the beautifully flavoured rice and he soft mouth watering pieces of lamb which was perfectly seasoned. If you’re big on lamb, do give this a try – its a treat for your taste buds for sure.
- Pasa Kadayif [75AED]: The two main desserts we tried that day and both were bomb! This was a little too sweet for me, but I indulged anyways. Why? BECAUSE IT TASTED WAY TOO YUMMY. Let me describe this bad boy to you – Sultan sweet of thin strands of shredded phyllo dough filled with crushed pistachios, baked in a copper pan until hot and crispy and served with goat milk ice cream. You should know, Pistachios play a biiiiig role in Turkish desserts and it was evident in both the desserts. We aren’t complaining. I loved covering my desserts with pistachios or any nut for that matter. The goat ice cream has a unique flavour and is not as sweet as regular ice cream. It is also moderately stringy in texture which was interesting to try for the first time.
- Simit Katmer [50AED]: This was by far the best thing I had that evening. It was simply delicious and mouth watering. You have to give this a try and thats a no brainer. This is a home made circular phyllo dough with pistachios (DUH!) on all layers and is filled with some made made fresh cream and pistachio (DUH!) spread. It was hot, crunchy and everything delicious. Every bite was oozing with cream and we could not contain ourselves. ❤
Final Verdict: There are plenty Turkish restaurants we are yet to try in the vicinity but we can happily claim that Kaftan’s food, presentation and service is outstanding. They are extremely good at what they do and we are excited to try them again.
loved; Simit Katmer
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Reach them; Opposite Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, Dubai
Contact them; 04 2753062
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