The last week has been an absolute surreal dream. Thanks to a Christmas Day mistake fare tip from The Points Guy, I’ve just returned from an absolutely fantastic trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. While the six days we spent there were unexpectedly perspective changing in many ways, I think the stellar food we got to sample deserves a highlight post.
Found Aroos Damascus, a local, hole in the wall type joint that we hit up for breakfast one day and (over)ordered this fantastic manaish, which is a fairly common flatbread-type snack you can find all over the Middle East. My favorite by far is the one on the right, which is covered in za'atar (a combination of sumac, sesame seeds, oregano and other herbs.)
Obviously we couldn't get enough of the Indian food available so for our final dinner in Abu Dhabi, we were lucky enough to find Peppermill, a self-professed purveyor of "colonial" (....) Indian cuisine. Despite the somewhat dicey description, the biryani and butter chicken were completely bonkers delicious.
The biggest personal takeaway from the food we had over the six days was a realization that the chefs and cooks in this region approach food with incredibly bold, gutsy flavors. They aren't afraid to use oil (yes!) and use ample, aggressive seasoning (double yes!), all of which are things I appreciate.
I absolutely can't wait to be back to see more of this part of the world.
What we flew:
Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE (on its brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, if you're a fellow aviation nerd)
Where we stayed:
Sheraton Dubai Creek, in Dubai
Fairmont Bab al Bahr, in Abu Dhabi
What we ate:
One woman's journey to eat all the food. Or at least, most of it.