I was recently looking at my travel wish list and one that stuck out to me was Ras Al Khaimah, the northernmost emirate of the United Arab Emirates. Ras Al Khaimah is known for it’s Arabian Gulf beaches and the RAK National Museum which is housed inside a centuries old fort. I would love to go to the Ice Land Water Park, hit the dessert riding a dune buggy and visit Jebel Jais, the highest mountain in the UAE, where I would grapple with my fear of heights to go on the world’s longest zipline – Jebel Jais Flight. The main part that drew me in to Ras Al Khaimah though would have to be the food as they play host to a multitude of cuisines which hooked the foodie within, so I’m going to share with you my wish list of restaurants to visit in Ras Al Khaimah.
Zaitouna House serves Lebanese and Levant favourites with a fine dining flair, whilst offering breath taking views of the Marjan island from it’s panoramic terrace. Said to have a soul-satisfying menu, including wholesome hummus, an array of meat grills, Tabouleh and Moutabel, this is a must try spot if you want to dine al fresco and take in the sights and sounds of the waterfront promenade. Open from 5-11pm I can just picture myself watching the sun set whilst dining on their Beef Shish Kebab, a Baked Cheese Roll and the Makanek, pan fried lamb sausage served with lemon juice.
Basilico restaurant, located in the Cove Rotana resort and sat right on the waters edge, has a large menu and includes a wide range of fish, meat and vegetable dishes all hailing from the Mediterranean. I have heard that they cater really well to allergies which can become a big issue for me when eating overseas anywhere that has a language barrier. A great place to grab food at any point of the day I would have to try their Chef’s Signature dish ‘Variations of Scallops’ which includes seared scallops and marinated sesame and cajun scallops. Literally mouth watering just to think about, and I would have them alongside the Fried Mozzarella with Sweet Tomato Jame and Aromatic Herbs.
A rather glamorous location I would love to visit in Ras Al Khaimah is Lexington Grill, named after the famous street in New York. Chef Eric Turgeon heads up the team in the kitchen where he showcases his unique in-house, air-dried beef cuts, which cannot be found elsewhere in the Middle East. Said to have an elegant and warm atmosphere, the restaurant has it’s own outdoor terrace as well as romantic booth or window tables, on a red marbled floor with wood panelled walls. The signature steak house has an amazing menu including Full Blood Wagyu Beef Grade 6-7 and Dry Aged ‘Green Bay’ Certified Prime American Beef, aged for 45 days, which you have the option of adding truffles to. I don’t know if I’d be able to choose between one of the signature steaks or the Whole Grilled Main Lobster, with a side of macaroni cheese.
Pura Vida is a lovely Brazilian restaurant with a great atmosphere as on the weekends they play live music on the terrace. With mostly outside seating you can look out across the ocean or watch your meat being grilled whilst you wait. One of the main things I have heard about this restaurant aside from the amazing food is how great the service is and I think we can all agree that service really can make a meal because you could have had the best food in the world but if the service was awful it will always ruin that meal memory for you. The Churrasco grill features incredible cuts of meats, including five cuts of beef, lamb and chicken, and can be had with a range of sides including mashed potato, onion and garlic white rice, and roasted pineapple.
Many of the amazing restaurants in Ras Al Khaimah are actually based in hotels so if you plan to visit and can’t decide on where to stay why not choose the restaurant you’d most like to try and work from there. As mentioned above, Basilico is based in the Cove Rotana resort, whilst Lexington Grill is in the Waldorf Astoria, Zaitouna House is in the Marjan Island Resort & Spa and Pura Vida is in the Hilton. If you are looking for all year round sunbathing weather, beaches and an amazing standard of accommodation then Destination2 have you covered with their growing number of all-inclusive options, including a range of affordable holiday and deals on brilliant packages. Ras Al Khaimah is one of the Middle East’s lesser-known resorts but I would say that makes it so much more appealing if you don’t want to swept up in a tourist filled, bright lights and big city kind of holiday.