A Turkish Lunch at The Mahal

It’s time to spill the beans about a fantastic Turkish restaurant ‘The Mahal’ that I have discovered a while ago.

The Mahal is a spacious restaurant, artfully decorated with wooden decor, antique retro Turkish utensils and an open kitchen towards the end of the restaurant giving it a final touch. The interior has touches of Turkish delight whilst still feeling modern and stylish. Here the history of Turkish cuisine is emphasized whilst still introducing different flavors, an amazing take on Turkish cuisine.

The place was quite buzzing on weekend and once we were seated by their extremely charming hostess, we set about ordering a collection of dishes from the tempting menu.

We started off our lunch with a mezze platter that we soon tucked in real quick. What I love about Turkish food is that, there’s always something for everyone and we loved this Ottoman inspired feast of dips and salads. I’m a big fan of Turkish flat bread and all those dips were the perfect way to enjoy the warm bread. One reason why I loved The Mahal so much is the intimate and friendly atmosphere that’s perfect for sharing plates, there’s a real convivial family feel to this place. We also loved the delicious Gavurdagi salad from their menu. It’s one of my favorite Turkish salad with pomegranate molasses  dressing.

If you’re looking for a meaty carnivorous fix, you should go for their rather epic Mixed Grill platter which basically includes every type of meat that you can think of. The meats were exceptionally succulent and tender with a tempting chargilled flavor. It was also served as a generous portion size. It really is something that you could comeback for again and again.

The other most exciting choice from the menu was the classic doner dish Iskender doner. A plate of shaving of meat laying on a bed of cut flatbread doused with tomato sauce and butter and served with a scoop of cool yogurt on the side. The butter, tomato sauce and yogurt rampaged through the long slices of doner to soak the slightly crispy pita bread with otherworldly flavor and giving it an excellent balance of spices.

We also tried their pide (Turkish Pizza) but it wasn’t one of the best we have had, nevertheless it still managed  to look delicate and golden, with crisp edges and just the right amount of chesse and tomato but needed more fresh herbs to give it the flavor.

We ended our meal with a selection of desserts and ice creams from their pastry section which was lackluster in taste and was way too sweet for my liking. We finished it off with a pipping hot cuppa of Turkish tea for a perfect ending.

Overall this Turkish institute remains as a good bet for sumptuous food from Ottoman Empire and they showcased an astounding hospitality. Also, I can say It’s one of the best eatery at Dargon Mart Phase 2.


Ground Floor, Dragon Mart 2, International City, Dubai

The Mahal Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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