Mezlai Emirati, Mandarin Oriental, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

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Award-winning Emirati

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Designed to recall an airy Bedouin tent, Emirates Palace’s award-winning Emirati restaurant, Mezlai, pays homage to Abu Dhabi with décor and a vast menu steeped in the heritage and geography of the UAE.

Mezlai’s tent motif elicits a millennia of Arabian culture and hospitality under which diners emerge as royalty. In planning its menu, Mezlai creates dishes with ingredients derived from the sea, mountains, oases and desert that evoke the region. The menu features decadent updates on staples of the Arabian diet accenting expected ingredients, such as za’atar, camel and dates, and introducing the unexpected flavours of saffron, rosewater and hand-picked wild oregano. A meal in Mezlai is a window into Emirati culture, a warm welcome to the long history of Arabian hospitality and a journey into flavours as old as the sands of time, which taste as fresh and inspired as this city of tomorrow. No stopover in Abu Dhabi is complete without sampling the local flavours and dining as the locals do.

Mezlai means the old lock of the door, was born to feature the Emirati Cuisine with a Middle Eastern touch to suit the palate of a multicultural environment. The traditional food of the Emirates has always been rice, fish, and meat. Seafood has been the mainstay of the Emirati diet for centuries. Meat and rice are other staple foods; lamb and mutton are the more favored meats, then goat and finally beef. Popular beverages are coffee and tea, which can be supplemented with cardamom, saffron, or mint to give them a distinct flavor.


Dress code: The dress code in the restaurant is smart casual. No shorts, flip flops, slippers, sleeveless, vests, t-shirts, and Bermuda’s. Gentlemen are requested to wear a shirt with collar, trousers and closed shoes or UAE national dress.

Local Emirati Dining

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