Al Marjan serves fairly well-prepared dishes. The hummus here is a satisfyingly smooth blend of chickpeas, sesame sauce and olive oil.
The fattoush salad was a bit too sour (less lemon juice might have helped). But it was a fresh, crunchy mix of garden veggies with toasted pita bread.
Baba Ghannuj, a nutty eggplant dip with green peppers, parsley, tomato and olive oil. Good for dipping, but not particularly memorable.
Tabbouleh (chopped parsley with onions, cracked wheat and lemon juice). A refreshing accompaniment to the meat dishes.
Zereshk Polo Ba Morgh (rice with kabssa chicken, sprinkled with dried pomegranate seeds and pistachios). Skip this; a bland platter, with chicken that didn't taste particularly fresh.