Dining out: Khan Murjan
Despite looking like a scene out of the cartoon 'Aladdin', Khan Murjan is the real deal. Backed by a fine tuned orchestra of authentic middle eastern cuisine and live musicians; the air is thick with the lingering sweet smells of shisha drifting from the neighbouring tables. It's no wonder this was one of the exclusive dinner destination choices during my first short trip to Dubai months ago. A true personification of a dining experience as an ancient trader in Baghdad or some other mystical Arabic grotto.
Located in the heart of a 'Souk', the restaurant is open air yet fully air conditioned. Then you wonder why people still occupy the grounds so enthusiastically in the heat of summer.... *hmph*
Moving on to the grub, we had the Nabolsieh (Halewet Aljibin) which is a cheese dessert topped with crushed pistachio nuts and doused in sugar syrup.. Yum. Still nothing distracts me from the thought of that same dish we had at global village of divine stature. *pondering*...Next, we had the Chicken Tagine and the Lamb Tagine as well as the Grilled Salmon. The former two dishes have slipped in standards in comparison to my previous visits to the establishment, with the lamb a little on the fatty side and slightly too acidic for the palate. However, the grilled salmon was well executed with a pink and moist centre complimented with a charred crust. That said, the atmosphere certainly made up for all faults.
Khan Murjan Souk
Shaikh Rashid Road
Tel: + 971 4 327 9795