Craving for international flavours? This new restaurant is out to please

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We’ve all been there: you’re planning to go out to eat with family or friends and someone wants sushi, another pizza and you? You’d just be happy to keep the peace and get some dinner.

From Malaysian meals to Ethiopian eats, we’re lucky that we’re covered for every rumbling belly craving in the capital. But what do you do when you’re not hankering for anything specific and want guaranteed good eats?

Enter Waterlemon. The restaurant opened recently as part of the new waterfront promenade at Al Marsa, and offers an international menu boasting everything from pizza to nachos, mezze and manakish.

With modern interiors, inviting-looking chairs and bright colours, the décor is as fresh as the restaurant’s namesake – but can the food deliver the same flavour?

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With a huge menu, it takes us a while to decide, but we opt for an inter-continental culinary journey with nachos and dynamite shrimp to start, followed by chicken on the brick and the Black Angus burger to follow.

As a gargantuan plate of nachos arrives, it’s clear that the chef knows a thing or two about presentation – and family-sized portions.

With blue corn chips, zingy salsa, guacamole and sour cream to spoon on as we please, it’s a good start, but we know we’re soon going to be undoing our top buttons if we want to make it to dessert.

The dynamite shrimp, served with a peanut dip, is a plate of perfectly cooked prawns that are encased in a crisp, spicy batter that doesn’t feel greasy or heavy.

The chicken on the brick, served with a mountain of garlicky potatoes, is smoky, with an extra kick from garlic and rosemary. Served with a creamy garlic sauce, it brings to mind a posh chicken shawarma, and that’s no bad thing.

It’s only the burger that disappoints. Despite being overcooked, the quality of the beef stands out – it’s just that all the other dishes stand out a bit more.

For dessert, it has to be the Instagrammable brownie KitKat creation. A tower of cake, KitKat bars, chocolate sauce and ice cream, our only complaint is we wish it were served warm and gooey.

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With smiling service, options galore and tasty food, Waterlemon has made a successful impression in the international café market and is certain to be a future crowd-pleaser.

Need to know:

Location: Waterlemon, Al Marsa, Al Bateen
We say: A real people-pleaser that has it all
Cost: AED 265 for two
Opening times: Daily 8am–11.30pm
Contact: 02 635 5050, facebook.com/waterlemonuae

WORDS Camille Hogg

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