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Camel cuisine added to menu at FANR Restaurant

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Published: Sat 25 Aug 2012, 10:58 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:31 PM

THIS SUMMER HERALDS the comeback of the camel at FANR Restaurant located in the Manarat, Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island.

Blending East and West, the restaurant takes elements of the Mediterranean, Arabic, European and Indian cuisines and presents them in a crowd-pleasing menu that has proven popular with both local and expatriate tastes. Among FANR Restaurant’s most popular dishes are its famed camel burger and melt-in-the-mouth camel’s milk ice cream.

Camel meat has been used in Arabic cooking for generations, but as Chef Simon Barber explains, it is only recently that expats have acquired a taste for it.

“To an expat, particularly a Westerner, eating camel meat has not been that appealing. Reinventing how we use the meat in cooking is vital to its long-term popularity, especially with expats. Take the camel burger – a burger is the most quintessentially American food, but substitute beef meat for camel and you open up this amazing meat to a new audience.”

A healthier alternative to beef, camel meat is leaner and much lower in cholesterol.

“Camel meat is naturally lower in fat and cholesterol than, say, beef,” Chef Simon explains. A rich source of protein, camel meat can also reduce the risk of heart disease.

“We’ve added camel’s milk ice-cream to our menu too, which is also a much healthier alternative, as it contains nutrients and minerals that you just don’t get from cow’s milk. As a chef I’m committed to using the best and the tastiest ingredients, and if there’s an added health benefit in there then that’s just the cherry on the cake. I’m crazy about camels!”

The camel’s milk ice cream is available in cherry and hazelnut flavours, and is also available to take home. The camel burger is served with a delicious vegetable ratatouille relish and sweet potato fries.

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