Turkish Iftar at Saray Sultan

A welcome invite saw myself and a friend attend an Iftar Preview at a Turkish restaurant called Saray Sultan. If you’ve heard of Reem Mall then you will find Saray Sultan upstairs in this complex complete with it’s own terrace dining area. Reem Mall is also home to the famous dessert cafe Dip N Dip.IMG_8737IMG_8772Upon arrival we are greeted by Louis who is the Restaurant Manager. Saray Sultan prides itself on serving up authentic Turkish cuisine with Turkish chefs in the kitchen with over 20 years experience.

The Iftar preview menu starts off with a plate of dates and olives. An unusual combination of sweet and salty. Then arrives a warm lentil soup followed closely by freshly baked bread, pide, cold mezze and salad.IMG_8738IMG_8742IMG_8748The Saray mix mezze also come with vine leaves on the side and includes a hummus, baba ganoosh, and a yoghurt salad plus a spicier dip made from fresh chilis.IMG_8744Can I just say this pide was unbelievably tasty. If I didn’t have to share I would of devoured this fresh from the oven pide filled with labna and cheese all to myself.

Lucky I didn’t though because not long after arrived a Saray Special pizza with meat & vegetables. The crust was so thick it reminded me of a Chicago deep dish pizza.IMG_8750An impressive chicken sizzler came out straight from the oven, bubbling and steaming right in front of our eyes.

If you thought we were nearing the end you were wrong. A perfectly grilled chicken shish tawouk arrives with some more bread, this time it’s a flat bread with a tomato based sauce filling, as well as a plate FULL of Beef and Chicken Doner Meat complete with a side of fries. WOW!IMG_8757IMG_8762Gluten intolerant people should beware, as should vegetarians. This is one carb loaded, carnivorous meal.

It was impossible to think we could eat a dessert, any of us, so luckily the kunafe they serve is to share. As expected they serve traditional Turkish coffee and tea and oh boy do we need it. It’s the only thing helping us to digest this heavy, filling meal.IMG_8763IMG_8769Saray Sultan offer two Iftar menus, the aforementioned for 150aed per person including drinks or another option (with less food) for just 75aed per person.

It’s needless to say I have a new found love of Turkish cuisine.

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