most of the time, you get disappointed by some high-priced restaurants because you’ve expected it to be great since you’re paying a ridiculous amount anyway. and most of the time, cheap restaurants will blow your mind with the tasty food they will serve you at an unimaginably low cost. the latter applies to Istanbul Flower Restaurant and Cafeteria at Dubai Healthcare city.
tucked in the middle of the less-visited, dark-alleyed place of Dubai Healthcare City – this joint is like an oasis in the middle of a desert, giving you an utmost gastronomical delight for discovering it. you can see it towards DHCC from oud metha intersection, it’s opposite the canadian hospital.
it is a restaurant and a cafeteria as well for those who can’t wait for a measly 5mins for their orders (yes, they were that quick) and they do have an outdoor sitting area with the ermm…. oud metha intersection as a view? hehehe. yeah, it’s not that fancy i know but the food was tasty and cheap. so cheap you’d think that for the very first time, a restaurant in dubai is not looting you.
well, i am not very keen to eating turkish food but the boyfriend succumbed on all the food he can find in the menu which reminded him of home (he’s Greek by the way and for all the geographically-challenged readers out there, Turkey and Greece are next to each other so they have somehow the same taste in food and may sometimes look alike, don’t tell the boyfriend i said that though).
For starters, the boyfriend ordered stuffed vine leaves which i must say is quite tasty. it’s rice wrapped in vine leaves with some sort of seasonings added to it and cooked in olive oil. mixed salad was also thrown in as an appetizer which has a different tangy taste. not sure if they’ve used balsamic vinegar as a sauce but it tastes real good.
For the main menu, the boyfriend ordered grilled meatballs with garlic sauce and fries while i ordered a kebab sarma beyti, a hand-minced meat mixed with cheese and spices served with yoghurt, tomato sauce and rice. i’m not a big fan of yoghurts so well, i didn’t like it when my meal had a yoghurt in the middle and touching parts of the kebab. yes, i’m just being annoying. but the food was really tasty!
we never really order desserts but for whatever reason, the boyfriend ordered an assorted turkish dessert that night. i’m not very fond of sweets but will definitely put “baklava” as an exception to the rule. it’s a pastry made of crispy layers of dough with nuts and sweetened by honey. it’s so nice to look and tastes even better.
all the above together with two cans of “bebsi” and a large bottle of water, the three-course meal costs AED120.
my rating? 10 out of 10 if you’ll consider the quality of food and disregard that you’ve got the traffic flow of dubai as your al fresco view and that the restaurant was horribly named. istanbul flower? really??? well, i am no turkish so maybe an istanbul flower is one of a kind. well this one is….