Heard through word of mouth of the opening of a new Arabic and Indian cuisine in St Julians.. After a brief and efficient phone call, lunch was confirmed. Upon our arrival, we were warmly greeted by the team and immediately took in the beautifully designed interior, as previously mentioned by a reviewer; elegant, yet practical in its design.
The menu presented to us seemed to leave nothing out! There is a huge choice of Indian and Arabic dishes and one of the owners of the restaurant took the time to explain certain dishes to us - a personal touch indeed! We chose to select an Indian selection as a starter and an Arabian grill as our main course. A North African wine only seemed correct to accompany our meal.
After we had made our way through the complimentary dips, we felt there was no way we could possible still have space for the courses we had ordered! Yet, when the food arrived, we were taken in by the rich aromas and the beautiful presentation! The food really is some of the best Indian & Arabic cuisine we've ever tasted and whilst some dishes are 'hot', they are not that 'burning hot' spice - hence retaining the flavour of the food, however if you wish for those hot dishes; I'm sure Shakinah will deliver.
All in all, it's a fantastic restaurant and I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking authentic Arabic-Indian cuisine or 'something new' in the St. Julians region.
Suggested dish - Ruzz Lebanane
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