Restaurant Review:
Al Maeda

Doubletree by Hilton
​Jumeirah Beach Residence

We were recently invited to Al Maeda for an Iftar preview and it was Tagines galore at the restaurant that serves Lebanese and Moroccan cuisines. Al Maeda is an upscale Arabic restaurant at the Double Tree Hilton, Jumeirah Beach Residences that blends traditional Arabian tastes with a contemporary setting and offers a lovely view of the JBR sea. The restaurant boasts of a considerable selection of appetizers, mains and desserts, some refreshing Ramadan drinks and a section where Sheesha enthusiasts can enjoy their Sheesha with a view.  
The salads and appetizer section comprised of the usual suspects like Tabbouleh, Fattoush, Hummus, Baba Ganoush, Beetroot Mutabbal, Feta and Halloumi cheeses among others but had some diverse additions such as lentil and chickpea salads, an Asian inspired glass noodle salads and a cabbage kimchi style salad. In addition to the hot and cold mezzes, there was some lentil soup too.

Our most preferred items from this section were:

  • Tabbouleh
  • Glass noodle Salad
  • Chickpea salad

The beetroot mutabbal which usually scores high on our food chart was too heavy on the beetroot and not as appealing as other versions we’ve tried. We must add though that the warm, freshly baked bread is a must-have, do not miss out on this!
A variety of tagines and other popular Middle Eastern dishes made up the main courses and our favorites from the lot were:

  • Lamb Kebab
  • Shish Tawook
  • Prawn tagine
  • Slow roasted Lamb Ouzi

Unfortunately the chicken dishes, tagines and others, were a bit too chewy and dry for our tastes and replicas of each other in terms of flavor.
Desserts
There can’t be a Middle Eastern restaurant that doesn’t serve Umm Ali and Al Maeda is no different. We thoroughly enjoyed the desserts, even more than the food if anything.

Some of our favorites from here were:

  • Rose Crème Brulee
  • Ward El Cham
  • Profiterole
  • Baklava
  • Arabic Cookies
  • Umm Ali

Honestly, just try some of everything and a lot of the Rose Crème Brulee. Novelty, appearance and taste; this dessert aced all these categories and had us going back for more. Definitely a must-have. The creamy Ward EL Cham came a close second and we couldn’t help sacrificing extra helpings of Baklava and Umm Ali for these scrumptious phyllo pastries.  The Moroccan tea that was served to us in vintage cups and a teapot was a nice touch and a great way to end the meal.
In our opinion, the dessert section trumped the others but Al Maeda on the whole made for just a satisfactory experience.