Experience Armenia in Dubai with Mayrig Restaurant
Armenian cuisine is something what an Indian would not try by themselves, so I admit I dragged myself here for an event. The food took me by surprise, the spices and tangy flavors are something I associate with Indian food more but here I was gorging in the flavors of Armenia with my little epiphanies over each dish.
Armenian cuisine is something that an Indian would not try by themselves, so I admit I dragged myself here for an event. The food took me by surprise, the spices, and tangy flavors are something I associate with Indian food more but here I was gorging in the flavors of Armenia with my little epiphanies over each dish.
Soon our table was filled with the hot and cold appetizer servings, namely Itch – Armenian taboubleh which was way too different than the arabic version of it, I have been told the Armenian one is a reverse recipe of the Arabic one.
Then we tasted the Zeitoun (olive) salad – which is made of Armenian olives, tomatoes, pepper and some more seasoning. It is a perfect mix of olive and salsa dip.
The Hommos comes added on with sausage bits and has a distinctive taste to it and I couldn’t stop myself from adding it to almost everything I had.
Mante – minced meat dumplings and Spanakhov Mante (the veg option) served with tomato sauce and youghurt are unlike the regular assamese dumplings and are a must have.
Another treat,Fishnah Kebab – Grilled succulent Kebabs topped with wild sour cherries is an inexplicable sumptuous way to have kebabs. Add on to all this was lentils, meat, and potatoes Kebbeh.
Well! No meal ends up being great until you’ve had the desserts right?
So, we were served with Banirov Maamouls – semolina based sweet pastries stuffed with cheese, which are similar yet different from Kunafe. They have to be poked in the middle and poured in with rose flavoured sugar syrup or raspberry sauce. They are a perfect mix of crispness, softness, cheesyness and sugar.
Another great treat to sweet tooth is Moussa ler – a towered ice cream topped with Armenian style cotton candy sprinkled with pistachios. The ice cream is a special one too, it’s called Ashtha-traditional milk pudding with clotted cream.
It was accompanied with rose flavored ice-cream and another set of ice based preparation which can be likened to an Indian gola with added nuts and raisins. It’s one of my favorites from now on.
For Baklava lovers there’s Sare bourna – Armenian style walnut Baklava too, it’s less sweeter and heavier than its Turkish or Arabic version.
What I missed and I am going back again to have along with all the desserts is Sou beureg, layered three cheese pastry. Who doesn’t want that?
To end up the night on a comforting note, an oh so comforting tea was served. A perfect blend of Armenian herbs, rose petals, and spices, this tea was as relaxing as the spa ones. I’m surely stocking a pack of this.
The place is an innate reflection of the beautiful Armenian heritage. The distinct lamps and lights will always bring you back memories of good times.
Aline Kamakian, the lady behind this restaurant has brought to Dubai the culture and richness of Armenia, its people and the sumptuous food.
The place is a must visit, drop by just for the beverage when you’re having a tough day and add on some ice-cream to your plate too. Have a walk down the Sheikh Rashid Boulevard and wind up here for dinner.
Another favorite place on my dine in list.
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