Explore Mleiha and Stopover at Bystro for Comfort Food


Let’s talk about my fabulous Saturday where I got away from the hustle and bustle of Dubai and treated myself to a day trip back in time and experienced the history of traditional Emirati life.

An hour away from Dubai is the Archaeological site and museum of Mleiha in Sharjah. The Mleiha Archaeological Center dates back to 130,000 years and offers information about the settlers in the region from Paleolithic, Neolithic age to modern age.

For more information on Mleiha, I suggest you to go through all the information in discovermleiha.ae website. If you’re a tourist or a resident, adding Mleiha to your itinerary is a great idea. This new visitor attraction in Sharjah blends history, culture and nature.

Mleiha Archaeological Center

Late in the morning we drove down to Mleiha from Dubai and visited the Mleiha Museum, Bronze Age tombs, fossil rock and soaked up the natural beauty of the mountains and the gorgeous desert. And did some souvenir shopping at the store in the Mleiha Archaeological Center.

Situated in the Mleiha Archaeological Center is Bystro, a family style restaurant and cafe that serves comfort food and specialty coffee. Bystro has a perfect blend of modern and rustic interiors and offers stunning view of Mleiha.

Bystro Mleiha

Bystro is a child friendly place and has a lovely kids corner. If you’re reader, you’ll love their vast collection of books.

You can decide where you want to dine- inside the cosy bistro style restaurant or outdoor in the lap of nature. About their menu: it mostly features modern European cuisine and Middle Eastern flavors.

Ginger brew

We started off with their homemade and super refreshing Ginger Brew and Orange & Basil Mojito. Their beverage menu has good options for cold and hot drinks.

Super bowl salad

Being vegetarians, we ordered only the veg dishes. We ordered Super Bowl Salad and Mezze as our starters. The super bowl salad had a medley of veggies with avocado, kale, blueberries, almonds and pieces of falafel in a ginger mustard dressing. It was a wholesome and utterly delicious salad.

The mezze had their signature beetroot hummus, crispy falafel, quinoa tabouleh, muhammara and pita bread. Each and every dish was deliciously different and good for sharing between 2-3 people.

Portobello mushroom taco

For our main course, we ordered Grilled Portobello Tacos and Tomato & Garlic Linguine. The delightful tacos were served with tasty sweet potato fries. The moreish and sumptuous linguine was addictive.

Sticky toffee pudding

Everybody around us were having Classic Sticky Toffee Pudding with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. We couldn’t resist the temptation and ordered it too. It tasted heavenly.

We ended our lunch with a hot cup of Cappuccino which had one of the best latte art I’ve ever seen. Bystro knows how to brew a perfect cup of coffee.

We loved the food and drinks at Bystro. There was not a single thing we didn’t like. The good food and drinks were complemented by impeccable service and beautiful atmosphere.

Get your iPod ready with music that you like and hit the road for a journey back in time to Mleiha and while you are there, make a stopover at Bystro for delicious bites and sublime drinks. You can thank me later.

Phone: 06 883 1849

Timing: 9am-9pm

Address: Mleiha Archaeological Center, Sharjah-UAE

Author: Meghana

I live in Dubai. I am passionate about traveling, food, reading, theatre, art, music, fashion, writing, tennis and photography. I love to explore new places, whether it is a country, restaurant, art gallery or a play. This blog will mostly cover food, lifestyle, travel and books. Come join me in my journey...you will enjoy the ride!

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