Kamoon - Khalidiya Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi
When I was told that The Beach had been renovated and rebranded as Kamoon, a restaurant dedicated to serving up traditional Arabic dishes, I jumped at the opportunity to visit again.
As I approach Kamoon, over the little wooden bridge immediately outside the hotel lobby, I see palm trees lighting up the area. The cool weather makes it an ideal time to sit outside. I will be dining with a couple friends - Arabic cuisine is not meant for one person after all. It is about companionship and sharing. Having looked at the menu in advance, I know that I want to try typical Arabic dishes and when Chef suggests we start with the Cold and hot mezze, I have no objection. What is more classic than a selection of mezze?
|Selection of mezze|
The service is easy going and prompt, with an energy about the waiters and waitresses as they they meet a steady flow of guests. For a Tuesday night it is quite busy.
For my main course I order the Kebab Qamar Al zamman consisting of marinated minced lamb stuffed with mozzarella cheese, mixed nuts and green capsicum. An issue I usually have with Arabic food is that for me as a foreigner, the meat is invariable overdone. Tonight, though, that is not the case as Chef has prepared a beautiful lamb kebab that has that typical grilled aroma and taste while at the same time being packed with moisture. The lamb itself is not heavily marinated but the balance comes in with the intakli that is on the plate. Intakli is Arabic bread with sundried chili paste and vegetables. Yum.
|My marinated lamb|
|My friend's Boneless chicken with fries,|
Kamoon serves authentic Arabic cuisine in a lovely setting. The outside dining area is definitely full of more soul than the inside, so while the weather is cool, I highly recommend you dine outside. The menu is reasonably priced considering it is a 5* hotel. The service is attentive without being overbearing and this allows for a very relaxed evening. An enjoyable evening.
The low down
Khalidiya Palace Hotel,
972 657 0111
Average cost per person excl drinks