Abajour: Due to its location on a lonely road in Garhoud, you don’t expect much from Abajour. But enter its doors on any night of the week and you will find a heart-warming slice of Syria right here in Dubai. A large space, divided by a glass panel to protect the non-smokers from the shisha fans, a night sky is bewitchingly painted on the ceiling, and there are traditional shutters placed on the windows – referencing the ‘abajour’ itself: a wooden device traditionally used to maximise light in rooms in the Levantine. The eatery clearly has a devoted following who go every night to smoke, eat, socialise and listen to the live Arabic music (though this is slightly muffled from the non-smokers’ side of the restaurant). Service is prompt and friendly, and the menu offers the standard dishes as well as a few more adventurous options, such as sparrow, and a range of delicious creative shakes. Certainly worth the trip, Abajour is a true taste of Syria right here in Dubai.
Call 04 283 4556 for more information.