This is part 4 in a 4 part series – a review of 4 very different Foodie Fridays in Dubai.
Friday – Week 4 Lunch at Qbara
The final Friday of the month saw me heading across town to Wafi Fort which is next to Wafi and entering one of my favourite restaurants in Dubai this year. Recently opened Qbara has just launched lunchtime dining on Fridays and Saturdays with a menu offering a whole selection of Levantine treats. This is a place you need to see, since I’m not sure my words will do it justice, but I’ll give it a go.
I love, the interior of Qbara it’s contemporary arabesque with a twist and wherever you look the decor has something interesting to catch your eye. Your eyes are initially drawn to a projection of flying carpets on the wall above the bar, animated to difference sequences, you can’t help but keep staring as the wall seems to morph into different shapes in front of your eyes in a somewhat mesmerising way. The interior is rich in colour and texture, with contrasting areas that are spacious and inviting to dine downstairs or more intimate and casual upstairs. With a focal point of a huge modern contemporary but arabesque chandelier type light made with individual glass spheres – it has to be seen to be believed. But the imaginative, fun and interesting decor is only part of your experience. In truth, we were here to enjoy lunch.
We opted for the sharing menu which consisted of lots of small dishes brought out in batches of 2 or 3 at a time. Perfect for social dining and sharing, this is a perfect way to take a guided tour through the menu. We tasted our way through a whole selection of dishes each one delivering a visual delight and lots of oohs and ahhhs as it arrived both in terms of presentation and flavours. Some personal favourites included the lobster kibbeh served with avocado lebnah, the spicy lamb cutlets with minted lebnah and twice fried french fries which were amazing.
Next came dessert. Simply called Milk and Honey, we were served a large pannacotta made with greek yogurt and sumac with a few other surprises thrown in as well and topped with a huge bouquet of cotton candy. We also had *** It was a tasty and visual delight and was a perfect way to end lunch.
This is my second visit to Qbara, the first was shortly after it opened when I managed to sneak a peak into the extremely well organised kitchens under the control of Executive Chef Colin Clague who has previously worked at ****
Lunch at Qbara is served Friday and Saturday between 12.30 and 3 pm.
After lunch I headed to the first day of Dubai Food Carnival at Festival City. Part of the Dubai Food Festival which starts with the Dubai Food Carnival and ends with Taste of Dubai, this was the inaugural Food Carnival and my first trip to the outside area behind Festival City. The Carnival is a mixture of cooking demonstrations and events and audience tastings, a pop up restaurant with Chef Silvena Rowe, panel discussions with media and food bloggers, family activities, family shows, pop up restaurants and cooking competitions as well as stage entertainment, kiddie play areas, comedians, fireworks and music, in fact it seemed like there was something for just about everyone.
Picture of the Event can be found on my Facebook account here >> COFFEECAKESANDRUNNING **
Disclaimer : I was a guest of Qbara. All opinions, photographs, statements and opinions are my own.