From the time Gunaydin opened in Souk Al Bahar, I always wanted to visit them but being a vegetarian, never set foot there as it is a meatery. But all that changed last week when I visited them to try their newly launched vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Yes, big thumbs up to Gunaydin for including the new dishes and now vegetarians and vegans have another amazing restaurant to visit in Dubai.
Gunaydin was first established as a small butcher shop in a neighborhood of Istanbul in 1965 and later it became one of the leading meat brands. Now the Gunaydin steakhouse restaurant concept serving high quality meat has over 40 successful restaurants and steakhouses in Turkey.
They are pioneers who started the steakhouse concept in Turkey and few years back, opened their first outlet here in Dubai, UAE.
The concept of the restaurant according to the team:
Gunaydin provides a unique steak and kebab experience to its guests by combining its rich flavors with the authentic architecture. Guests are spoiled with the best of meat products and traditional desserts.
Nestled in the beautiful Souk Al Bahar, Gunaydin is a spacious restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining area. It is situated in a Waterfront promenade and offers the spectacular view of the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa.
Their menu covers breakfast, lunch and dinner. I visited them for an early lunch and started off with a refreshing and homemade Ayran-Mint.
For my appetizer, ordered cold mezze dishes like Acili Ezme, Eggplant Salad, Atom and Turkish Hummus. Everything was freshly made and had an authentic Turkish flavor. The warm, fluffy Turkish Bread served alongside the mezze dishes went very well with it.
Next , I had the comforting and oh-so-delicious Vegetarian Pide.
The wholesome Vegan Kebab made with chickpeas, bulgur, onion, eggplant, capsicum and kebab seasonings was fantastic. I’m sure even a hardcore meat lover will find their vegan kebab appetizing. I loved it.
As a side dish to to go along with my vegan kebab, I ordered the Grilled & Sautéed Vegetables. It was a simple and basic dish.
Baklava laced with Turkish ice cream and pistachios was indulgent and sinful. Ended the lunch with a nice cup of Turkish Tea.
I enjoyed my dining experience at Gunaydin. Liked the food, the drinks, the atmosphere, the view and the service. Though the vegetarian and vegan options are limited, you still can have a decent meal.