VisitDubai: Mixing modern Middle Eastern cuisine with global flavours
Celebrity chef Mohammad Orfali has joined forces with his pastry-specialist siblings, Wassim and Omar, at this imaginative eatery that breaks boundaries when it comes to Middle Eastern cuisine. Flavours and ingredients are served up in innovative ways, garnering the casual bistro a spot on the MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Its central location, on one of the pretty plazas in Wasl 51 mall, offers both indoor and outdoor seating. We suggest you book ahead as the cosy space is very popular.
Local produce and seasonality is a priority, which is why there is always something special to discover for fans. Intriguing descriptions – you’ll have to order ‘guess what?’ before finding out what’s in it – add to the fun of discovery. First-time visitors will appreciate that the team are always on hand to make suggestions or guide you. Dishes like a sumac-dusted chicken musakhan flatbread or Arabic sausage gyoza dumplings blend culinary traditions very successfully. Plus, playful plating and presentation make the whole experience Instagram-worthy.
Try delicious desserts at Orfal Bros Bistro
Given two of the three owners focus on sweet treats, it’s worth saving room for dessert. Take a look at the patisserie display before picking, as the offerings are as much a visual feast as a taste sensation. Highlights include the OB banoffee cake and karaz which combines sour cherries with decadent dark chocolate. It even looks like a shiny, over-sized version of the fruit. And, if you can’t decide what to try, you can even take boxes of the sugar-topped goodies home.