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The Sahara Star Hotel is one of the few hotels that has a restaurant dedicated to Middle Eastern cuisine. The restaurant is beautiful with drapes that make you feel like you are dining in a tent, low tables and comfortable couch like chairs to lounge in. The restaurant is indoors but since it is by the pool side, there is outdoor seating that makes it a romantic place to dine at. The usual suspects such as mezze platters, kababs and grills feature on the menu along with plenty more. The staff was polite and service is generally swift which is always helpful.
Other than kebabs and shawramas Middle Eastern cuisine is surprisingly lacking in popularity. It is a huge misconception that this glorious cuisine is all about these two dishes, however, it is much more. Few restaurants try to attempt exploring Middle Eastern fare transforming it into a more mainstream affair. One of those few is ‘Mabruk’, a gorgeous fine dining restaurant dedicated to discovering the delights of Middle Eastern food with finesse and love. Presiding at the lobby level of Sahara Star Hotel on Western Express Highway in Santacruz East, Mumbai, Mabruk starts its service after 7 pm to enhance the romantic exotic ambience of its Middle Eastern décor. To infuse romance and mood to your evening pick Mabruk for its loveliness and outlandish appeal. Mabruk will be an excellent spot for second date.
Mabruk is one of the few fine-dining restaurants in Mumbai dedicated entirely to Middle Eastern cuisine. Both Lebanese and Mediterranean fares are tackled here and are prepared with authenticity as well as excellence. Get ready to dive into the colorful vivacious world of Middle East by enjoying a luxurious gastronomic evening at Mabruk. Surprisingly, no alcohol is served here so make so with a traditional Lebanese drink Koshaf or Airan to complement your meal. As your first course relish a refreshing Lebanese salad called Tabbouleh or munch on, sambousek, falafel, batata harra, cigar al hout, kafta meshwi, riyash, soujok, foul madamas, meshwi bahry, shish taouk and Mabruk arayes. Take your evening to the next level by digging into some Middle Eastern mains such as, manakeesh, arayes laham, imam bayildi, tagine laham, sharia medfouna mushroom, tagine d’jaj, falafel roll and mahancha b’khodar.
Don’t think the excitement ends here. There is one more scrumptious course left to go. Spoil your sweet tooth with an assortment of rich decadent Middle Eastern desserts like, baklawa, znoud al set, knefeh, mish moush b’loz and umm ali. Wash it down with a warming Lebanese tea. Prices are hefty and well deserving. We suggest go with a fat wallet. Mabruk is sprawled on the lobby level of the hotel flanked by tall palm trees, which only adds to the Middle Eastern vibe. Furnishings are comfortable and smart, with each table alit with flickering candles. Sit outdoors for a cozier mood dining and enjoy your exotic meal near to the pool or surrounded by lush foliage.