With guests in town, I seized the opportunity to showcase the stunning views of Dubai that Morah affords from its 71st floor location in the JW Marriott Marquis hotel – first of course, taking in the sunset over cocktails at my long-standing fave, Weslodge. The fact that Morah specializes in cuisine more local to the region than most was a bonus.
Firstly, when you visit Morah, you simply have to order the Crispy artichokes (70dhs) with labneh and honey. A totally unique and insanely delish take on chip and dip, these crunchy, creamy and sweet morsels will have you craving more. They are on my list of my favorite dishes in Dubai – they are that good. Those artichokes are a tough act to follow, but Morah’s Steak tartare with mint, chili and organ oil aioli (95dhs) and Lamb ribs with red chili schug (90dhs) were by no means overshadowed. If you like steak tartare you really need to try their Middle Eastern take on the French classic – it’s really different – and I’ve got to put the lamb ribs on the must order list too. On par with top 100 restaurant Estela‘s ridiculously good ribs.
When it comes to pide, Ruya‘s three cheese and egg pide is often touted as the one to beat in Dubai. I never saw what all the fuss was about with that one, but in my books, Morah’s Black Truffle Pine (110dhs) is the gold standard when it comes to boat-shaped bread delicacies in Dubai. Truffle lovers, you will go mad for this one.
I’ve fallen in love with manti since moving to Dubai (they’re like little Turkish ravioli) and Morah’s Manti Dumplings (60dhs) now officially top the chart. The sweet and spicy morsels are incredible, and one of the best value dishes on the menu also.
Speaking of value, Morah is a little on the pricey side (my favorite artichokes clock in at a surprisingly high 70dhs) but hey, you do have some of Dubai’s best views – usually as the floor number goes up, so does the price I find. At least Morah delivers well and truly on quality, which I can’t say for most restaurants with a view….(looking at you, Shimmers on the Beach).
The meat dishes at Morah more than met expectations – our short rib and Prime striploin (250dhs) steak were nothing short of spectacular. The 48 hour short rib (105dhs) was juicy, with the spicy-yet-sweet signature that was the thread that linked the meal together, and our steak flavorful with the perfect bark. The Black truffle rice (110dhs) – yes, more truffle – with its cumin creme fraiche and the Roasted Brussels sprouts (50dhs) with haloumi rounded out the main course nicely.
I even thoroughly enjoyed the desserts, which was surprising. Middle Eastern desserts don’t usually do it for me, I’ll admit. In fact, our evening at Morah was almost impossible to fault (save for a cocktail fail – have to say, the cocktail list at Morah really isn’t my jam). It was so good that we were still discussing it the next day over dinner at another pretty great establishment. All diners unequivocally expressed that they would return in a heartbeat, myself included – I’ll most definitely have to return for brunch sooner rather than later. Morah is undoubtedly one of the very best restaurants in Dubai right now – if it had the incredible decor of it’s sibling Weslodge (the Miami Vice salmon pink stylings don’t really work at night, they’re more suited to daytime), it would be very tough to beat. Not that you’ll notice, as I imagine you’ll probably be too captivated by the spectacular view and the stunning food on the plate…