After attending a music launch that made me cry, I was hungry. “Take me somewhere I’ve never been before,” I told my friend Shruti, who like The Doctor, whisked me off to lands unseen, food as yet not tasted and parking lots never traversed. Only she doesn’t have a blue TARDIS. Just an orange Focus. And I have a red Italian man (my car. He’s called Guido but isn’t actually Italian; it’s a Skoda).
Moving on from facts that have no relevance to the food whatsoever (I can only explain it away by the last few days having been dedicated solely to watching Doctor Who)…
We end up in the Al Barsha area near Mall of the Emirates and I find myself inside Harput restaurant.
We decided to order two items and then see if we were still hungry. First up: Tavuk sis/skewered tender chicken cubes.
And…Beyti Sarma/minced meat kabab roll served with yoghrut and tomato sauce.
What did I think? For me and for Shruti, the meat won hands down. The chicken was good, don’t get me wrong, but personally the meat dish had more juice in it and I was thoroughly enjoying getting down and dirty with it. Dip the tomato sauce-drowning meat and khubz into the deliciously cool yoghurt, swirl it a bit, and then pop it into your mouth and I guarantee the juices will just make your taste buds tickle and heave a sigh of relief.
With the chicken, I decided to combine everything on the plate. Placed the chicken in the khubz, dolloped some yoghurt, then stuck in the spiced chopped onions, coriander and the radish, rolled it up, and went nom nom om nom.
With indoor and outdoor seating and no frills interior, you get what you ask for. Good food at extremely reasonable prices, why wouldn’t you try this place out?
Helpful tips: It’s between the Ibis Hotel and Holiday Inn in Al Barsha, so very close to Mall of the Emirates. You generally do get parking in the area and parking tickets are Dhs 2 per hour. If you want to try public transport, it’s smack in the middle of the MOE station and the Sharaf DG station, although I’d recommend this walk only in the winter.
Update: Here’s a map.