“She’s beautiful, and therefore to be wooed; She is woman, and therefore to be won.” (Shakespeare: Henry VI Part 1 – Act 5, Scene 2)
Well, Shakespeare, you wooed me alright.
Last Thursday marked Lil T’s 13th month. Every month since he was born, we would treat ourselves out. I thought we’d stop by time he was one but I guess one more wouldn’t hurt 🙂
We took him to Madinat Jumeirah last Sat. The beach has always been our favorite place in the world, but that’s another story. I promise to tell you about it soon.
That Thursday night, however, we went to straight to Souk Al Bahar. Lil T eats dinner early so I had to pick a place before 6 pm. We just walked from our apartment (the perks of living in downtown).
Near the Souk’s entrance was this pretty pretty restaurant that caught my eye. Extravagantly ornate decorations, lace, flowers, knick-knacks, and richly patterned fabrics were used liberally throughout the place.
The moment you enter, you can’t help but sink in to its romantic interiors, evoking charm and intimacy of slower, older times. I wouldn’t be surprised if a poet came to me and started reading Shakespeare’s lines.
Our waiter (he wasn’t a poet) came with a unexpectedly cute high chair. Too bad it was pink. Lil T didn’t mind.
The menu offered salads, crepes, saj, sandwiches, pizza and pasta, among others. It was still early for our dinner hunger pangs so we just zeroed in on 2 dishes– the Soujok with cheese and the Pollo al funghi.
The first one was a great appetizer. The grilled pita with spicy beef sausage and halloumi cheese arrived fresh and warm. It was delicious in a non-filling way—light and tasty.
The pizza had a funny smell (“funghi”—smirk). But you really can’t go wrong with sautéed chicken breast, mushrooms, zucchini, mozzarella and tomato sauce.
For desert, you’ll find a mini Temptation Island with quite the selection of artisan cakes, pastries, croissants, and other sweet creations.
I actually was a tad surprised that this place offered main courses, and even shisha, which you can smoke at the outdoor dining area.
The restaurant’s cozy interiors invite you to come back again. As Shakespeare said, “Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?”
(even my takeout bag’s pretty!)