Club Vista Mare in Palm Jumeirah has a bunch of quality restaurants. Not only you will find innovations in food & presentation but Marina view doubles your dining delight .During cooler days in UAE the outdoor sitting areas are ideal to wind down, Club Vista Mare offers the best outdoor ambiance with Marina view which has flown in.
This was my second visit to Club Vista Mare. Gursha Ethiopian Restaurant launched their Eskista themed night where every Friday guests can enjoy traditional live performances while enjoying Ethiopian food.
I had heard about Ethiopian food but had no idea about the taste & styles of dishes in this particular cuisine. We actually got a chance to try vegan dishes, however they do have non- veg options in the menu as well. Ethiopian cuisine is a communal experience centered around sharing. We also actually shared a plate.
Like in most Middle eastern countries their traditional eating style is to eat with hand around a big communal plate using their bread called ‘Injera” as a utensil.
Gursha means …. feeding another with one’s own hands , an act of endearment.
Restaurant interior depicts some traditional décor which is quite nice and the staff is very friendly.
We had our fruit cocktail welcome drinks.
Our starters were : Vegetable Spring Rolls, Lamb Samosas & chickpea balls.
Mains: A platter with small portions of food was served to us. It had types of grain curries and bread. To some extent food has similarity with Indian cuisine.
‘Injera’ is their sour dough bread made up of ‘Teff’ a gluten free grain indigenous to Ethiopia. To some extent its taste & texture is like idli or dosa. Curries are a bit on spicy side, but since our own Pakistani cuisine is quite spicy so it was fine.
The small portion servings were named as:
Siga, Suf Fitfit …. these were broken pieces of Injera mixed with sunflower, tomatoes, onions & pepper. Sunflower seeds are also used in their cuisine. A small portion of fresh salad, Shiro & Misir ….. chickpea powder stew and spicy red lentil stew. Both were good in taste.
Azifa …. vinegar soaked lentils again served with crunchy injera, garlic & herbs.
Desserts: I did not come across any traditional Ethiopian desserts, but we had tasty mini servings of Chocolate fudge & Pineapple Custard garnished with dashes of caramel, chocolate & pineapple pieces.