Zurna, off Emaar Boulevard

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It’s 10am, and I still haven’t had breakfast.

The last time I ate was between 3:00-5:30pm yesterday, in a lil Turkish cafe hidden off Emaar Boulevard, where Al Manzil hotel is situated. And boy was it a good “lunch” ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, Zurna is definitely one restaurant to be tried. It’s reasonably priced, right in Downtown Dubai and the food is amazing. The problem is that if you don’t drive into Manzil you would probably never know that it’s there!

Here’s what you’ll get, and my thoughts on it ย –

Homemade mint lemonadeHomemade lemonade with mint – This tastes so good, especially after you’ve just been outside in the heat. We all probably had two of these, I highly recommend. Love the jars ๐Ÿ™‚

And so we “started” with some hot mezes and salads. Honestly after all of this, I was 80% full. It was so good, my favourite was the Eggplant puree and chopped grilled tomatoes….. ๐Ÿ™‚

DSC04845Gavurdagiย (27AED)Chopped tomatoes, onions and walnuts with a Turkish pomegranate dressing and Nazik Barbequedย (23AED) – Eggplant puree mixed with garlic yoghurt, served with grated pistachio.ย 


Ezme (24AED)Chopped grilled tomatoes, onions and peppers, seasoned with spices

Soon after, came the mains. We tried their lahmacun, as well as their wraps and kebabs. Absolutely lovedย theirย Iskendar and Nazik.

DSC04846Tavuk Citir Kebap (51AED)ย – Chicken kebap and cheese wrapped in thin and crunchy Turkish bread


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Adana Kebap (61AED) – Minced lamb shish kebab

DSC04848Iskendar (65AED)Doner on a bed of grilled traditional Turkish bread pieces and yoghurt, served with melted butter and tomato sauce on the top and Veli Nazik (54AED) – Minced chicken kebab pieces or cuts served on a bed of barbequed eggplant with a garlic yoghurt mix

No turkish feast is complete without some sweets and turkish coffee, or….. tea ๐Ÿ˜‰


Zurna Helva (29AED) – Semolina halva topped with roasted pine nuts, served warm with ice cream.

DSC04849Turkish tea/coffee

DSC04852Kunefe (27AED) – Shredded filo dough with a filling of melted cheese, topped with pistachios and a side of ice cream

So there you go. It felt like brunch, minus the alcohol. And so good in the company of V & S ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’re around downtown, and you’re wondering hmm, what new spots should I check out around Emaar Boulevard, drive towards Manzil Downtown Dubai and you’ll see Zurna. It’s hidden, but definitely not to be missed.

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Dubai resident. Stays most of the time in the marina as she can't be bothered going anywhere else after work and in the weekends. Originally from the land of the orang utans, spent the latter half of her life in the land down under. Always on the look out for deals, loves organising get-togethers, and occasionally steals some time for a sip of wine or four at ladies nights.

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