Al Hallab: This bustling, grandiose and neoclassical – yes, there are frescos on the ceiling – eatery at The Dubai Mall serves consistently fine fare. The appetiser shawarma options are meat (lamb), chicken or mixed: we like the mixed option, which comes ‘deconstructed’ with a pot of tahini, a bunch of herbs, a collection of (well cooked and not too greasy) meat and deliciously fresh bread. The sandwich options are also worth a look – they’re accompanied by chips and coleslaw. Both are certainly meals in themselves.
Dhs22 for chicken, Dhs28 for mixed shawarma. Shawarmas served daily noon-11.30pm The Dubai Mall (04 330 8828). Other locations: Mall of the Emirates; Garhoud.