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Mezlai

Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
+971 2 690 7999
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Ranked #51 of 1,589 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night
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England
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103 reviews 103 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We dined here 2 Years ago and food was very good then. Think it's probably even better now. Myself and wife ate here during our stay at the Emirates Palace as part of our half board option. As we were staying for 10 nights and had the choice of 4 restaurants on our meal package we chose to dine here... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I loved the fact that we could taste Emirati cuisine and with a 5-star experience along with it. The staff were extremely friendly and the food was exceptionally tasty. Highly recommended if you would like a taste of the local cuisine.

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London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Arab cuisine, please note it is not what we know as middle eastern cuisine, this is different and I thought pretty good. For me the best restaurant of the ones I tried at the Emirates Palace. And if you feel like dining outdoors the setting is fabulous!

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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

There are several restaurants available on the half board option atbthe Emirates Palace and this was one of them and also our favourite. The staff are wonderful and so is the food which is representative of the national delicacies. With gentle soft background music being played by three musicians outside they created a beautiful romantic atmosphere.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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165 reviews 165 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Truly enjoyed the savoring of local cuisine in a very elegant yet traditional setting. Located on the ground floor of the splendid Emirates Palace Hotel, this is an excellent place for enjoying the local cuisine. The food is very nicely presented and the attendants are very knowledgeable if you wish to get some recommendations. We truly enjoyed the evening and... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We dine here several times during our stay at Emirates Palace. The restaurant is nice and cozy, the food is great, even if there is no big offer. You can sit on the outside terrace, have a drink or smoke shisha in a classic Arabian atmosphere.

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Belfast
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10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I'm so surprised this isn't more highly rated. The food was excellent - as a first experience of Emirati food I can't comment on the authenticity but I can say it was gorgeous. We relied heavily on our server's recommendations and they were excellent. We sat outside - no problems reserving an outdoor table - and in fact we sat... More

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Rockville, Maryland
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54 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

For a tourist, searching for Emirati cuisine is like looking for an elusive unicorn. Mezlai gave us an opportunity not only to taste Emirati cuisine but also to experience the 7-star Emirates Palace Hotel. (Many tourists go there to check out the lobby. We did that, too, but we also had another purpose!) I don't know what Emirati food is... More

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Jakarta
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32 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

But the food is good though not as good as I was told. It was not bad at all, but it did not impressed me at all. Especially for that price and that setting (in a self proclaimed 7 star hotel).

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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93 reviews 93 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Friends had advised us to go to Emirates Palace Hotel for dinner also to see the grand settings. We chose Mezlai to try the local cuisine and what a wonderful evening. We shared both starters and main courses to sample as much as possible, accompanied by Lebanese wine. The extremely skilled waitress from Morrocco helped us put the best together.... More

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