Magnolia

From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2010If your vegetarian date threatens to take you out for dinner, don’t let your heart sink, because even committed carnivores are in for a treat at Magnolia. The culinary journey begins with a romantic abra ride through the Madinat’s canals to this beautiful waterside restaurant where well-informed staff will guide you through the fascinating – if slightly daunting – menu. Forget nut roast and veggie-burgers, this chameleon-like gourmet selection changes according to the seasonality of ingredients, hence to wax lyrical about individual dishes would be futile. Simply place yourselves in the more-than-capable hands of Chef Gaby and go for the taster menu – it’s the only way you’ll get a true sample of her deliciously unusual concoctions such as – on our visit at least – a delightfully aromatic fennel, fig and feta papillote or the wonderful geranium crème caramel. Yes, veggie staples of tofu, lentils and polenta are present, but prepared with such care that they seem almost exotic. This is health food at its very best.

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