Ayam Elezz is a Lebanese venue that has notched up the quirkiness to a new level. It’s kitted out with retro furniture and knick-knacks so it resembles a 1960s Lebanese home. Wonderfully mismatched, it provides a warming, welcoming atmosphere. Record players, televisions and telephones from the era are dotted around the dining room and terrace, and with such friendly greetings from the staff, you can’t help but feel at home.The menu features traditional dishes that will fill those who grew up in Lebanon with pangs of nostalgia. Thanks to the popularity of Lebanese food in Dubai, it’s also a menu that most people will know their way around. Filled with grills, breads, salads and cold and hot mezze, the food is familiar, but in no way is it boring. The house hummus, which comes with a fragrant addition of cumin, is a standout, and the kibbeh, baked like a pie and topped with walnut, is also a hit. The fresh bread is top-notch and helps us devour the muhammara – red pepper and chilli, sweetened by pomegranate molasses.