On Sunday my husband and I decided to try the new restaurant in Al Muneera. It only opened on Saturday so we were expecting some teething problems but were keen to visit. On arrival we were greeted by a waitress who promptly showed us to a table by the window with a lovely view of the beach. We were given our menus and while looking through it the regional director from Los Angeles, who was there for the opening came to introduce himself. He was a very nice man and seemed excited about his new restaurant- keen for us to enjoy our experience. We ordered a few things from the starters & sides sections as we didn't feel like a big meal. We were given complimentary bread with olive oil & balsamic which was tasty and a nice touch. When the food started to arrive we noticed they had given us a bruschetta instead of a burrata. It looked so good so we didn't complain even though they offered to bring the burrata as well and we were glad we kept the bruschetta as it was really yummy! As well as the above we ordered the meatballs al forno which were lovely- 3 big meatballs in a chunky tomato sauce, the coconut shrimp- really good shrimp but the breadcrumbs were a little too salty for me (I don't take much salt usually), and the garlic roast potatoes which were made from lovely fluffy potatoes but could have possibly had a little more flavour. All in all it was good food and we were happy with our choices (it was tough as we liked the look of lots of the items on the menu). The head chef visited us to ask how the food was and he offered us a complimentary dessert because of the mix up with the starter which in our opinion was not necessary but again, a nice touch. We decided to share a dessert and opted for the strawberry shortcake which was delicious! The shortcake had the texture of a light scone and was really good. The strawberries were infused with mint and rose water which was very subtle. The portions were generous and we both left feeling nicely full. When we left the regional director followed us outside to ask for feedback. He seemed genuinely interested in our thoughts and was keen to receive our opinions on how or what to improve. We will definitely go back and would recommend you give it a try- it's good to support new restaurants especially those that seem to care about their customers. The prices are roughly the same as those at Jones the Grocer or Leopolds of London so not cheap but not expensive either. It's a fairly limited menu but with great options (in my opinion). There was chill-out music being played and it had a nice atmosphere.
We were also informed that after Ramadan there will be a live DJ, outdoor seating and they will stay open till 2am.
I'd give this restaurant 4🌟/5 although I do find ratings hard to do