Entering Levant & Nar – perched on the edge of the InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa – diners are met with unmistakably authentic aromas from the open kitchen as fresh breads are baked, hunks of meats are seared and Levantine spices are delicately toasted, sending a symphony of mouthwatering fragrances wafting through the restaurant.
The air is thick with the tantalizing scent of sumac, za’atar, and pomegranate molasses, and the sizzling sound of the fired-up grills is the backdrop to the restaurant’s vibrant atmosphere.
Levant & Nar serves as the resort’s culinary passport to the rich flavours of the Middle East, and with a clear view of the stunning Arabian Gulf, this isn’t just your standard hotel restaurant.
Add the impressive bar stretching the full length of the room and a menu full of authentic flavours, and you’ve got a place where food isn’t just served – it’s crafted.
One of the most popular places to sit is outdoors, where at night fire pits light up the terrace, creating an inviting ambiance for some laid-back al fresco dining. These spots are a hot commodity, so make a beeline for these tables if you can.
The menu at Levant & Nar offers a broad range of traditional Middle Eastern fare with a unique twist.
The assorted cold mezze platter brings a variety of flavours to the table, with every bite a reminder of Levantine culinary excellence – from the creaminess of the hummus to the smokiness of the Mutabal and the punchy flavours of the Mercimek Köfte.
The mixed grill is simply a carnivorous feast. Each piece of meat, whether it was the Adana kebab, shish tavuk, lamb shish, or Turkish sucuk, is expertly grilled and served with a kick from the grilled chilli and a comforting side of bulgur pilav.
Meanwhile, the Sebze Güveç, a serving of oven-baked seasonal vegetables with tomato sauce and fresh herbs, is a delightful vegetarian option. Its homely warmth balanced out the richness of the mixed grill and the warm, doughy pide cheese (a must-order).
Sweet endings come in the form of traditional Turkish baklava and a selection of Lokum (Turkish delight) from the tableside trolley, with portions balanced out against traditional gram weights.
The flaky baklava is delectably sweet, the perfect companion to a scoop of ice cream, while the Lokum offers a fun and diverse mix of flavours ranging from traditional rose water to pistachio.
But what’s a true Turkish-Lebanese meal without a little tipple?
The Mutluluk, a rum-based cocktail, is a sweet, creamy, and refreshing blend of tropical fruits, dates, and juices. The Cappadocia, on the other hand, brings gin-based delight with fresh raspberries and a hint of citrus, all covered in a flavourful air balloon that truly tantalizes the senses.