When we get too claustrophobic with Dubai life, we go find a balance in other emirates of the UAE. Ajman is one of the great places if you are looking to break away from the plethora of dining offers in the city and Thanani, Ajman’s modern European style restaurant makes the long drive totally worthwhile.

Thanani is located in Al Zorah Golf Club, and rightfully takes pride in having an amazing outdoor terrace with gorgeous views of natural mangroves, migratory birds to sight and a panoramic view of Al Zorah pavilion. The interiors of the restaurant take a modern design with cool blacks, an open mocktail bar and kitchen giving a peak into chef’s tempting creations and ceiling to floor glass for natural light to flow {and also create beautiful shadows} through the dining space. 

Can I please take a moment here to appreciate every item of serving plates and crockery elaborately used in the restaurant before we discuss food? Alongwith our food, we enjoyed the series of interesting crockery throughout our lunch. Huge points for that!

On to our menu, here’s what we enjoyed.

Burrata trolley is definitely one of the highlights on the menu, with smoked and natural versions on offer. Drizzled with our choice of olive oils ranging from mild to bold, the salad is a refreshing mix of fresh greens, tomatoes and rock salt. The salad is served with our choice of accompaniment and to keep it light, we went in for maple roasted potatoes and caramelized onions {beef chorizo removed on our request}. 

A small plate of kataifi prawns came next. The apricot sauce complimented garlicky notes in the marinade and made this dish really great as a whole, although we felt that the portion size could be moderate.

Spicy lamb chops served on a marble platter was very gorgeous to look at and I love how dish came to add some savory brilliance to our meal. Tender slices of lamb as you cut through them, complimented by chimchurri and pomegranate pearls was created flawlessly and tasty.

Continuing from Lavastone grill, our next order were for Turkish baby chicken – a simple roasted succulent chicken thighs seasoned perfectly. Divine texture, cooked perfectly with salt and spices, with that no-fail yogurt dip is worth every penny. 

Chicken being a tad bit spicy for Little A, we went in for grilled bronzini for him. The fish was skillfully seasoned with Moroccan flavors – a delicious mix of fresh herbs, earthy spices and lemon shining through in each bite. Those fried capers were a delightful salty crunch atop.

After the hearty meal, we loosened ourselves by taking a walk through their outdoor dining space. It was a beautiful relaxed Friday afternoon and people had started to come in after the prayers.

Returning back to our tables for classic tiramisu, it was an ideal sweet end to our dining experience. The dessert was luscious – layers of cream paired with coffee drenched sponges, crunchy almonds adding bit of a bite and smooth light vanilla icecream was beyond any I’ve tasted before.

Can’t end this post without mentioning their drinks with each of their syrup claiming to be made in-house from the freshest of herbs, fruits and spices. Pretty in pink is greatly inspired by the pink flamingos, residents of Al Zorah mangrove; and is replenishing mix of mint, raspberries, lemon and their homemade syrup. The aroma from rosemary sprigs in each sip is beyond artful. Along the watchtower takes it’s inspiration from neighbouring Oman dating back to 19th century and is a proper hit of lemongrass and basil syrup blended with mandarin, pineapple and lemon. Although it comes in a beautiful copper color pineapple flask, I actually prefer looking what’s inside my drink as I sip through. 

The entire dining experience at Thanani was a relaxing one from start to finish, just what we look for on the weekends. The menu is limited, but personally I believe it works in the favor of Thanani as they are bringing out the best in each dish they have on a menu instead of trying to do everything at the same time. However, Thanani also have different packages in form of breakfasts, afternoon teas and brunches if you’d like something different from a la carte.  I’d also like to add a note to the vegetarians. This might not be a right restaurant for you as it mostly celebrates meats in different forms, although check with the restaurant prior  if there is something you can relish. 

For more details, visit Thanani’s website.


Disclaimer : We were invited at Thanani for the review, but all the above views on our experiences at the restaurant remain unbiased and my own. 

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