October 12, 2016 / Leave a Comment
The newest dining arrival located in the rather stylish Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Besh is promising to bring traditional Turkish fare to Dubai using only the highest quality Anatolian ingredients and recipes.
Consultant chef Vedat Basaran has brought his magical touch to the Besh’s menu – according to his bio, “Vedat has collaborated with many known chefs over the years such as Alain Ducasse, Raymond Blanc and Paul Bocuse to name a few as well catering high profile events for US Presidents, state dinners and Royal Families in Saudi Arabia, Monaco and Spain. ” I don’t know about you, but I’m convinced! Even though the ribbon’s barely been cut, Besh is delivering on it’s promises so far.
I’ll admit Turkish cuisine is not a frequent choice for me when dining out, but I decided Besh was worth road testing given Chef Basaran’s pedigree – and I’m really glad I did. A perfectly sized menu (both in range of dishes and the physical size of the durable and easy to navigate menu) presents plenty of options within the sphere of Turkish classics – mezze, pide and lahmacun, grills and main dishes. Oh, and of course dessert – if you have room that is!
I was delighted to see that there’s a large range of mezze options on offer – this is my style of dining. I love having a plethora of flavours to mix and match! We ordered quite the selection:
The manti, a platter of teeny tiny meat filled dumplings, is the standout dish here and is a must order – though the Acili Esme, Etli Dolma and Mücver were outstanding also. I really, really enjoyed the mezze on offer at Besh and I’d come back just to enjoy a huge spread of the delicious dishes. Pricing is great (as you can see above) and it’s a great way to enjoy a relaxing meal with friends while tasting a really wide range of flavours.
I was a little sad that the sigma borek and vine leaves weren’t available when we dined however, and the following day when my dining companion went back for a repeat (yes, within 24 hours – now that’s an endorsement!) the manti were not available. It would be great to see all menu items available on any given day, but it is early days – perhaps the dishes were just overwhelmingly popular when we dined. We also tried the Lahmacun which has a unique flavour but was great – if you’re a fan of this dish I recommend you go try it at Besh!
UZUN KARIŞIK IZGARA (1KG) – 190
There’s a wide range of grills on offer, and being as indecisive as I am, we decided to go with the mixed grill platter. At 195dhs, this is a great choice as it feeds four (or maybe two really hungry guys). It comes with rice to accompany and I’d recommend keeping the leftovers of your mezze around for the main course so you can mix things up a bit with the meat – I should have made it more obvious we wanted to keep ours as they were taken away when the table was cleared before the main course. The meat was tender and juicy, sure to please hungry carnivores!
The service from our main staff member was absolutely fantastic, so friendly, entertaining and attentive. We did have some issues with our second server who took over later in the meal, they weren’t as personable and we ended up having an issue with a dish delivered with an ingredient I was allergic to despite communicating it many times with the server in question. It’s a shame as our first attendant was really fantastic – I’ll put this down to Besh being new on the scene and we’ll give it a little time to iron out these staffing quirks.
Decor wise, it’s a lovely setting and fits in nicely with the new Sheraton MoE fit out. Beautiful turquoise colours abound, but it at night it felt a little dark with all the grey – I’d like to see them up the metallic quotient and add some more gold to give the setting some pop – also lush (closed) curtains would do well to dress the windows that can feel a little corporate if you are facing them. The large dining table set away in a seperate room for groups is a fab spot – if you’ve got a large party it would pay to enquire about this table. Given it’s Mall of the Emirates location, it’s super convenient – and a great licensed spot to dine if you’re in the mall!
I have to say Besh is the best Turkish food I’ve tasted in Dubai thus far, and I’d certainly head back for a table for of that gorgeous mezze! It’s well priced and certainly delivers on authentic flavours. Add a convenient location and you have no excuse not to try it out!
P.S. If you’re a liquorice fan, try the Raki – an intense Turkish liqueur served with ice water! It’s delish.