Tucked away in a quiet corner of the sun soaked Miral Complex in Mangaf, Attila, the Mongolian grill restaurant with Japanese influence, is a real hidden treasure. Its small, spotlessly clean indoor seating area is modestly decorated with traditional Mongolian ornaments, and there is a small amount of outdoor seating from which you can enjoy a fantastic view of the beach, which sits right on Miral’s doorstep.
Besides the picture-perfect views, we noticed that the restaurant also offers an interesting selection of juices from their menus, all of which appear on iPads, taking the seemingly traditionally decorated restaurant into the future. We decided to start our meal on a refreshing note, and ordered their mango juice that was perfect for these hot summer days.
For a starter we ordered Arabic cucumber rolls, which included radish, tomato, white onion and Rocca leaves drizzled in olive oil, salt, garlic and pepper sauce, all wrapped in fresh, crunchy slices of cucumber. Though Attila does offer a wide selection of mains that are pre-cooked, we decided to go through the Deli-esque selection process. Taking a tray and a small bowl, first you go to the meat station, where you choose from a selection of raw teriyaki chicken, normal chicken, lamb, or beef. After selecting one, you move to the vegetable station, where you can choose from tomatoes, broccoli, onions, pepper, lettuce, and much more. After that comes the noodles, and you can choose between rice noodles, eggplant noodles, and stir-fry noodles. Once the choosing process is complete you move on to their signature sauce section, which offers a staggering twelve varieties. At this point we asked for the chef’s opinions, who promptly filled one of our bowls with three types of sauces that we would never have put together, but proved to be perfect for our meal.
They then take your tray and grill the food on the flat oven where you can stand and watch it, or sit with your drinks and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.
We chose a combination of the lamb kebab meat, broccoli, onions, tomato, chives and lettuce, rice noodles, with sweet & sour, sesame seed, and hoisin sauce, which brought all the food together under a wholesome, wonderfully savory flavor. The chef’s recommendation was completely on point!
For dessert, we chose the fried ice-cream and the banana tempura, both of which were mouth watering, sweet and refreshing, and we came away feeling full and energized, two words that rarely go together. If you are looking for a healthy, fast option that will leave you very satisfied, Attila is the place for you.