If there is one thing that the Middle East can do extremely well, it is grilling meats. And it was just fitting to have our official last supper in Dubai at Cabrito Mandi in Umm Suquiem, Al Barsha (our former neighborhood).
The Husband discovered Cabrito through a flyer that was squeezed through our apartment door. You know the ones that give off a creepy scratching as if somebody was trying to break into your door? That kind.
But when you walk through Cabrito’s glass doors, the place is definitely more welcoming than creepy with its wide open spaced eating areas and high ceilings. The servers have always greeted us, curious Filipino foodies, with a broad toothy smile. Okay, sometimes maybe a bit creepy.
Cabrito is apparently a huge Saudi chain, which specializes in cabrito, according to our friends from Wikipedia “a whole roasted goat kid”.
But unfortunately, their kitchen still doesn’t serve cabrito. First time we’ve asked why not, we’ve been told that the kitchen equipment still wasn’t ready. Then the next time we’ve asked why there still wasn’t any cabrito, they’ve said they’re still waiting for the cabrito cooking master. Of course, we were dying to try cabrito before we leave Dubai, but each time we asked when the cabrito would be ready for hungry customers like us, we got the matter-of-course answer: “Inshallah.” Aaaaand when we had our official Dubai last supper, still no cabrito. Go figure.
So what’s the point of visiting Cabrito in Umm Suquiem?
Well, order the Haneeth, spiced mutton or lamb shoulder / ribs, instead, which is simply amazing!
Just make sure you come in early or maybe give them a call to reserve a couple of orders because these hunks of slow grilled meats with crispy tasty addictive skin and buttery soft, falling-off-the-bone-meat do run out really, really fast. The waiter even warned us about hordes of Yemenis invading the restaurant. He shook his head, waved his hands in defeat said in broken english “Yemenis, no good for restaurant…they finish haneeth.”
Along Umm Suquiem Road, beside Eat & Drink
(Going towards Al Khail Gate)
Al Barsha, Dubai UAE
Delirious about delicious,
P.S. Read about Cabrito on Arva’s blog who has featured it too.
P.P.S. Thank you to our friend, Alma, who treated us to our official last Dubai supper