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Sim Sim, JBR
Nominated for Best MENA
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If you’re looking for Levantine food in a flash then you should get yourself over to Sim Sim. The restaurant is a mix of traditional Arabic recipes fused with contemporary decor and a touch of Palestinian folklore. Waiters are friendly and super-efficient; you can expect your order to start arriving at your table approximately five minutes after you place it. With dishes from Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and a special focus on Palestine, there’s a better mix than the usual Levantine staples as well as a few less common additions, such as the Jordanian Galayet Bandora - a tomato based stew traditionally eaten early in the day but just as delicious at dinner time. If you’re not feeling adventurous go for the shwarmas: simple, tasty and not dripping in grease, which is a nice change to some of the other joints out there. For authentic Palestinian fare, you won’t go wrong with an order of the Musakhan Dajaj, served with perfectly tender chicken.
Open daily 8.30am-12.30am. The Walk, JBR (04 454 2319).


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