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Turkey is often referred to as the gateway to Europe and Asia and the country’s rich past makes it one of the most documented in history.

Café Muska, opposite Grand Millennium Al Wahda, aims to share genuine Turkish traditions the best possible way: through the palate.

The carefully thought out interior offers a glimpse of Turkish aesthetics in minimalist fashion. Soft lighting from hanging copper lamps complements the white walls, which are decorated with Arabic patterns.

The menu features a selection of traditional dishes from breads, pastries and salads to main courses and sweets.

We start with the yoghurt soup served with fresh mint. The soup is mixed with wheat instead of rice to add flavour, but it’s not too filling.

Next up is menemen, a breakfast staple that comprises tomatoes, scrambled egg, spices and capsicum. We scoop up the flavourful dish with simit – traditional bread covered with sesame seeds.

Our guest enjoys the tülbent manti, dumplings filled with ground meat served with butter, tomato and yoghurt sauce. We pair each mouthful with a bite of savoury durum kofte, minced beef mixed with spices, served on a stick.

For dessert, we sample a trio of traditional milk puddings: muhallebi, sütlaç (rice pudding) and tavuk göğsü. Each one is creamy with varying textures, and the tavuk göğsü is sprinkled with cinnamon for an extra kick. None of them are too sweet, making them a treat without the guilt.

Our verdict? If you want genuine Turkish delicacies that are healthy and well presented, Café Muska is the perfect venue to fulfil that need.


Location: Next to Emirates ID Authority
We say: Great Turkish cuisine in a relaxing ambiance
Cost: AED 162 for two for three courses with soft drinks
Opening times: Mon-Wed 7am-midnight; Thu 7am-1am; Fri 10am-1am; Sat 8am midnight
Contact: 02 446 9500

Ferdinand Godinez

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