Noor Al Mandi is a newly opened Yemeni mandi restaurant located just after the second fly-over on Umm Suqeim street in Barsha 2. It is a branch (the second) of famous mandi masters of the same name in Amman Street, Al Nahda. The interior is an all bright-and-shiny affair, with a narrow stair case leading up to the main dining area. As is the recent trend with the newer mandi restaurants, the main dining area is made up of private cubicles, evenly split between floor and table seating. It’s all very respectable.
What the interior lacks in character, it makes up for in amazing food. The lamb mandi (and madfoon) at Noor is sensational; slow cooked to moist, juicy, fall-of-the-bone perfection,…almost as good as their well-established neighbours, Cabritoz,…almost.
The Arabic flavoured rice too is excellent; I could easily make a meal of the rice and their tangy, tingly salsa…without the meat. But why? Ha!
I must make mention of their Kunefe, it was simply awful. Avoid it at all costs. The rest is super.
Service is friendly but still lacks cohesion, understandable given the fact that they’ve only been open a couple of weeks. Overall, I think Noor can be quite proud of this new branch. It’s a BIG improvement on the original.