Food Reviews

Lunch with ‘Second Mama’ (Mama Tani)

Mama Tani, a restaurant with an interesting name and concept of food! What does the name mean? How did it come? Well, the story says that the emirati owners had an Egyptian nanny who taught them to call her the ‘ mama tani ‘ which means second mama in Arabic. The restaurant celebrates the joy that comes with mama tanis good food. The same care and taste shown by Mama Tani, the same finest ingredients used.

And the unique concept of food? They specialize in creating delicacies using khameer breads as base, be it for pizzas or sliders.

Just as fascinated by the story, I was already eager to try out some Mama Tani delicacies.

Listed below are the recommended favorites from the restaurant.

  • Date and Walnut Celery salad- We all know celery alone is just bleh, but this combination of dates, walnut and celery salad just made me want to come back for more of thIS healthy salad! The crunchy walnuts, the perfectly sweet dates and the soft feta cheese blended perfectly together.              
  • Basil Orange drink –Ditching the frizzy drinks and opting for this delicious drink. I could vouch for this refreshing drink. The taste of basil and orange blended so well together without one overpowering the other.                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Mini Khameer burgers – We’ve got regular sliders and then we’ve got Khameer bread sliders. They use Khameer buns as the burger buns. Juicy beef meat layered with cheese served with baked herb potato fries! Let’s call that a meal!                                                                                                          
  • Baked Tandoori – Another really fascinating insertion of Khameer with pizzas! This tandoori chicken pizza has got a Khameer bread base which I felt tasted a lot tastier than the conventional pizza base. Loaded with soft tandoori chicken pieces, cheese and olives!                                                         
  • The Basil – Since I did try the Khameer fusion dishes, I also tried the traditional Khameer bread with labneh spread, basil leaves and olives. Simple and tasty.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • Pistachio – Right after the lotus hype, I feel the pistachio dessert trend is catching on. Mama Tanis pistachio cakes are YUM-MAZING! Theyre soft, creamy, rich and they’ve got a layer of blueberry sauce too.                                                                                                                                                     
  • Rose Pistachio – Well, I’ve NEVER got served a cake with a rose bud on it! I was extremely impressed with the presentation of this one from Mama Tani. Rich and creamy, layered with rose cream and pistachio crushed.                                                                                                                           
  • Karak (Elixir) – Well, I’ve had way too many Karaks here in U.A.E. I could close my eyes and say that this Karak from Mama Tani is on my top list of Karaks without any doubt. It is not like the regular Karaks, this one has saffron and cinnamon making it literally an elixir that washed away all my problems! 

The interior is well done, well lit and a wall with Mama Tani’s story.                                                                                                                                                        

I’d definitely recommend this restaurant, perfect for a meal out with family and friends!

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