After Life - a gastropub in Downtown

This is a new gastropub that has started in souk al bahar, and a friend invited me to try out this place. 

They have seating indoors as well as outside. The ambience is nice; they have the bar counter in the middle and it has an ancient yet contemporary vibe to it. 

We ordered our drinks, and it took about 45 minutes for them to be served. 
The citrus twist gin & tonic was quite good. It is a classic with a bit of a citrus twist. 

Then we had the Old Fashioned with a twist. This one had some coffee in it along with spiced rum. There was also a kitkat bar in it. We found the alcohol in this to be a bit too much, and it didn't quite suit our tastebuds. 

Although the one which we really liked was the lychee gin coupe. It had coconut cream in it, and the cocktail was just superb. It felt smooth and really different than a regular cocktail. 

For the food too we had to wait for about half an hour. 
There was hummus as well as the Turkish hummus which has an addition of a blend of spices to it. I liked this one more. We had it with an assortment of breads. 

The muhamarra was spicy, but at the same time had a hint of sweetness to it. 

The beef kibbeh was served hot and tasted delicious. The meat was flavourful and juicy, and we really liked it. 

We had a mixed platter called the silk route inheritance. One of the dishes was the kasap kofte which is a type of cutlet made from lamb. They've tried to give it a flavour that is found in Mumbai; the kofte are spiced with coriander seeds, cumin, Kashmiri chilli, and cilantro. These did taste really good, though not like the ones you'd get in Mumbai. 

Next was the "sis touk shola" which is chicken tikka made in a tomato and Kerala chilli marinade and cooked in a traditional clay oven. This was really juicy and flavourful. The spice levels were just right and the chicken was prepared really well. 

The platter also had charred masala octopus which was slow cooked and marinated in Indian masala. It was served with a squeeze of lime and the taste was just alright. It wasn't something I would look forward too. 
kasap kofte and octopus

The place does have a full view of the Bur Khalifa and the fountains if you're seated outside. 

Some of the food was good while some was just average, and so was the case with the drinks. Also, I don't see why are they trying to Indianise international dishes. Also, the name is a bit creepy and doesn't have a theme to particularly match the name. 

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After Life Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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