Rest : Aqaba
Meal : Lunch
Loc : Peninsula Business Park
Aqaba plays a pretty important role in my single fav movie of all time Lawrence of Arabia and that they serve Middle Eastern cuisine, there was little chance that i was not going to go check em out. So i caught up with my buddy Reema Prasanna (@ScrollsNInk) who i hadn't seen in a while.
The place is largish and has a lovely section by the window which looks on to the garden which thankfully obscures Central Bombay
now, the official drink of choice.
the kinda sorta amuse bouche if you will, was a little side of tzatziki with radishes which both of us immensely dislikes
The mezze platter was going to happen no matter what and it was a pretty decent spread.
The Muhammarah was kind of disappointing, the weakest item there, more like a salsa then a fine, fiery paste.
The rest of the dishes were great, the hummus and the labneh were awesome, as was the taztziki. The olives were slightly sweetish, brilliant.
the greek style salad was huge, fresh to taste but too much food.
the caprese was pretty decent, a little colder would have been good, the cheese was not stale but this wasnt quite farm fresh.
randomly chose the Veg Kofta which was a haloumi and cottage cheese served on a bed of arabic rice and a side of some seriously delicious sauce. this was just awesome, loved it. sometimes not thinking too much can be a good thing too.
we shared the dessert which was a rose petal ice cream, which i always tell myself i wont like but end up loving. delicious. the biscotti they were served with were super chewy though.
Overall, the space is huge, airy and well lit, might be a little too big though. The service is quick and the food is pretty good, there are some things they could work out (muhammrah, the biscotti) but in the end a middle eastern joint, in south bombay which serves good food is gold. lets hope they can keep it that way.
I was, there on invitation but the restaurant is on the expensive side.