Heck yes! I can’t go too long without a foodie post. Hands down, what I love the most about visiting new places is finding awesome restaurants and other eateries to explore. I’m super indulgent when I’m on vacation especially. The bad thing is, since I moved to South Korea I still feel like I’m sort of on vacation… although I’m definitely not judging by the hours of work I’m logging each day. I’ll simmer down soon, but until then I checked out an middle eastern restaurant that I see on my way to work every day called Arabic House. Oh yeah… I had my eye on it! 😉
I was actually kind of confused at first because the outside of the building has this huge blinking sign that says Layaly Dubai on it. The sign on the entrance to the building said Arabic House though… confusion confusion. I have no idea where Layaly Dubai came from! Seems weird and an odd marketing tactic when it comes to name recognition.
Arabic House is definitely one of the most expensive restaurants that I’ve been to here. Even for international food, the prices were high! I had already psyched myself up for the food though so I decided to give it a try. I opted for the imnazala off of the appetizer menu because it was a little cheaper than the main dishes. The hubby wanted to try the lamb kabsa even though it was so expensive. I can’t remember the exact price, but it was around 16,000 won or about sixteen dollars. 😮 He originally wanted to smoke some sheesha (ewwy) but at 15,000 won that wasn’t going to happen! Crazy expensive…
The interior was very clean and had the typical decorations that you see at middle eastern restaurants. See those fake flower/garden items? Oh yeah… you know you are in a restaurant owned by Arabs when you see that haha! The best part about the place was that the windows opened up to a beautiful view of the trees with their changing colors. It could be a nice romantic spot. 😉
The Arabic House logo and menu looks so polished and trendy, you can’t help but like it! They even had a whole page on the menu promoting their social media and offering incentives for sharing via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare.
The atmosphere was nice, but in the end the food just didn’t do it for us. My husband is more of the expert on middle eastern food since he grew up with it, but even I wasn’t impressed. Maybe because it was so expensive? If I’m spending that kind of cash, it better be delicious!
The imnazala that I got was good, but not worth the price. The bread they brought for it was something like a tortilla rather than the delicious Arab bread I was expecting. The rice in the kabsa was a little undercooked and lacked seasoning. Right when we tasted it we grabbed the salt. The lamb was delicious and tender though, I have to give them that!
Bleh! I hate the feeling of splurging on a meal and leaving unsatisfied. It’s like a double slap in the face!