Tean offers a modern take on Levantine food.
During our recent stay at the fabulous Jumeirah Saadiyat Beach Resort (read review here), we were invited to Tean for dinner. This Levantine restaurant overlooks the sea and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The decor in minimal and chic and we love the beach-inspired, relaxed setting.
The menu is quite extensive and you will be spoilt for choice. We definitely needed help from our server in picking the dishes as there was so much we wanted to try.
Our meal began with a bright and colorful mezze selection. The Shaved Beetroot Moutabal was served with roasted beetroot, Persian feta and pomegranate-the beautifully presented plate almost seemed to pretty to eat. The flavours of the watermelon & feta salad were elevated with the inclusion of the figs, arugula and roasted walnuts. We can’t ever resist ordering moutabal and this one was possibly one of the best we have ever had. The perfectly smoked eggplant with tahini was topped with pomegranate and we wiped our plate clean with the mix of different Arabic breads.
It was the Dajaj Musakhan in the mains that we knew we had to try. The tender chicken cooked in sumac and onions was served on top of the moist bread and topped with pine nuts. This wholesome and rustic dish has our vote.
Although we thought we had ordered enough, our server insisted we had to order Kitf Ghanam-lamb shoulder that was slow-cooked for hours, it melted in our mouth. This soul-warming dish came with an accompaniment of freekeh, dehydrated tomato and dooka spices all added to the rich texture and taste.
Tean offers a refreshing and unexpected take on traditional Levantine dishes.
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