Al Falamanki is a restaurant rich in tradition and flavour. We are swept away from busy Jumeirah Beach Road into a tranquil garden oasis upon our arrival, complete with picnic tables where you can dine in the shade. Ample indoor seating is available, too, but the venue provides a beautiful spot to savour the sunshine. We are greeted with a menu crammed not only with Lebanese cuisine but a detailed history of the man behind the eatery’s name, the late Khalil Al Falamanki, a wrestler-turned-bodyguard who rubbed shoulders with stars such as Frank Sinatra.The tale, like the restaurant it inspired, is full of romantic charm and whets our appetite for the culinary experience ahead. There is lots of Lebanese cuisine to savour, with the crunchy-textured fried kibbeh balls, packed with soft minced meat, full of flavour. The spicy chicken breast is tender, succulent and hot off the grill, while the cool and smooth scoops of strawberry, vanilla and chocolate ice cream prove a refreshing end. There are far worse, and far more expensive, ways to while away your day.