Meylas Restaurant: The place to go for traditional cuisine
By Shamma Jassem
ABU DHABI—A few weeks ago, I had my first experience with Meylas Emirati Restaurant in Abu Dhabi. It is located in Al Muneera near Al Raha Mall and Al Bandar, on E10 across from Khalifa City A.
You can taste the real traditional food of Emirati culture. The restaurant serves main courses, beverages and desserts.
You can feel the vibe of the old Emirati heritage by looking at the decorations of the place. It is completely full of decorations with the old basic and vintage materials that were used in living rooms in the past. The plates and spoons are old-style shapes; the chairs had a dress with textures that related to Emirati designs, and some of the walls had writings such as the proverbs from Emirati culture and many other details.
The entree I had was called Arsiya, a savory rice pudding with chicken served with locally produced ghee. The fresh taste of the food was good. The dish was a little small for a main course.
I was a bit disappointed because the menu did not include Harees, which is very famous for such a culture. However, there was a weekly menu written on a board that I did not actually notice until I looked at the decorations. It contains other types of food that are not on the menu, including Harees.
I really was surprised when I checked the beverages category. There are many types of Emirati traditional drinks. I had a drink called Laban Maleh, a salty yoghurt blended with traditional spices. It was really good.
At the end of my meal, I ordered a dessert called Legeimat, a fried sweet dough served with date syrup. It was very crunchy and tasty.
The restaurant looked very clean from inside and outside, although the plates and tables were an old design. Still, it was totally modern in feel from the excellent cleaning. The chef was cooking in front of the customers behind a wall of glass, but there was no food smell around the place and the cooking area looked very clean.
Reservations are available. You can book a table for you and your friend.
Also, there is a food truck that you can reserve for a single day. This truck serves take-away orders, but not what is on the restaurant menu. The truck has received around 400 reservations so far, according to one of the waiters, Mr. Roger Keith.
The price for two persons is Dh200, and it is Dh300 to Dh400 for four people.
The restaurant does not have its own parking. You have to park in Al Muneera visitors’ area and take the elevator to the first floor. The restaurant is located in front of the beach and has an outside seating, which gives you a very good view experience.
Meylas Emirati Restaurant
Address: P.O. Box 4435, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Location: Near Al Muneera, of Dubai Highway (E10) in Abu Dhabi (across from Khalifa City A)