After a successful trek up for some fantastic shawarma, going a few minutes away to try up a Turkish place didn't seem so daunting. After all, in the middle east, with its proximity to Turkey and a few Turks looking upto Dubai for a living, a good one mustn't be so hard to find. That search took us to Istanbul Flower on Sheik Zayed Road.
The chicken grill might have been excellent, with succulent pieces cut from a skewered grill covered with bread. The shawarma roll might have been quite nice, too. But the lunch was all about the meat shawarma plate on hummus. Maybe because this was my first ever mutton shawarma worth remembering. Or it could have been the excitement of having finally tracked down a Turkish joint. Or simply, the meat could have been cooked to perfection.
Whatever the reason was, the juicy melt-in-your-mouth pieces of thinly sliced lamb strewn carelessly over a plate of beautiful hummus with barely a few pieces of distraction in the form of potatoes and grilled veggies, this was the dish that gave all four diners a few minutes of orgasm in a country where public display of such kinds could land us in trouble.
If this dish had arrived first, I bet we would have left every other order and maybe ordered a few more plates of this heaven-on-a-plate.
We did have some excellent baklava and some nice basbousa from the display counter to finish off with dessert, but nothing, absolutely nothing could usurp the lamb on hummus. Nothing!