Review: Veranda

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Veranda is the a new luxury dining concept which was created by Al-Shayaa’ exclusively for Harvey Nichols Kuwait. The restaurant was officially opened to public last Tuesday and I got to visit it during their soft opening to try it out.

You would feel a vibe of elegance as soon as you walk into the 10,000 square foot space. Created by internationally acclaimed  hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany. The calm colors of the interiors give a very dreamy feel. My favorite aspect is the contrast between that calm seating area with the wavy ceiling and the loud mirrored stairway with sharp, straight lines.

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You can either choose to sit on one of the tables inside (non-smoking), or choose a table on the veranda overlooking the Grand Avenue (smoking).

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Now let’s talk food shall we?

The restaurant serves a modernized Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine with influential Asian fusions.

Starting off with the drinks..

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Veranda (2) copyPomegranate juice (left), not sure what the other is (right) but the cocktail includes passion fruit.

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Homemade bread basket and butter.

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Veranda (7) copyCrostini: Tomato, mozzarella, basil, pesto, and balsamic.

Veranda (4) copyAubergine mutabbal: Served atop charcoal-grilled eggplant. This was one of my favorite dishes.

Veranda (5) copyKing prawn tempura

Veranda (6) copyDuck spring rolls. Not a big fan of duck so I’m not sure about this one.

Veranda (8) copyAnother favorite: Homemade hummus on top of roasted baby bell pepper

Veranda (20) copyCured Scottish Salmon which comes in a glass cloche that seals the smoke in until that perfect moment it reaches your table.

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Veranda (22) copyCanadian lobster ravioli. This was really good.

Veranda (25) copyHammour medallions with fennel and apricot salsa, and Jallab sauce

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Veranda (27) copyBaked lamb moussaka

Veranda (28) copyMini chocolate mousse with some surprise black cherries when you reach the center.

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Both desserts were delish! Both recommended.

Veranda is located at the first floor of Harvey Nichols at the Grand Avenue. They are open from 11 am to 11 pm.

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