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Arabesque magic

Arabesque magic
Love experimenting with food? Head over to Hyatt Regency this week to get a taste of some authentic Turkish, Lebanese and Jordanian food at the Arabesque Flavours at Cafe, the 24-hour coffee shop of the hotel.

Prepared by Chef  Ali Alhaj, Chef De Cuisine all the way from Park Hyatt Dubai, indulge yourself in some authentic Hummus, Motabel, Muhamarra, Taboulleh, Fattoush, Baba Ghanoush, Kibdat Dajaj (chicken liver with lemon and garlic), Fitter Moutafa (mushroom with coriander, garlic and lemon juice), Mouajanats (dough stuffed with cheese, meat and spinach), Kabab Halabi (lamb minced with walnut and parsley) a variety of soups including a lentil soup, the Moroccan harera soup and the Chicken vermicelli soup.

Currently chef de cuisine at Café Arabesque, Park Hyatt Dubai, Chef Ali’s passion for cooking started when he was 14, when his father opened a small restaurant in their home town of Hama, Syria, serving traditional Syrian cuisine.  His favourite cuisine to cook is Syrian-style Arabic cuisine and next comes Italian, as he says that the flavours and ingredients in Italian food are very similar to the ones he has grown up with.

We tried the Hommus, moutabel, Tabouleh, Fattush, mohamara, Beetroot salad, okra salad, mushroom salad, harra Beirut, baba ghanug and the Moroccan harera soup for starters and moved to green peas rice, lamb kabab halabi, fish fillet with lemon garlic sauce, Jordanian chicken mousakhan, Patata harra and  Mahashi wine leaves. Each dish was as authentic as it came and we assure that you will be going back for more.

The festival is on till 30 August and you can head over for lunch (12:00 Noon to 2:30 pm) or dinner (7:00pm to 11:30pm) and the Arabesque buffet comes to you at Rs 2,000 per person (without taxes and alcohol).

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