Café Arabesque

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  • Café Arabesque
An elegant and bright restaurant, Café Arabesque sets itself apart from other Middle Eastern eateries in the city. On the à la carte menu you’ll find classic hot and cold mezzes and salads including baba ghanoush and fattoush as well as mixed meat and seafood grills. The variety of kebabs including the kebab halabi and shish taouk are delicately spiced and succulent. Head to the restaurant on Thursday or Friday evening to take advantage of the reasonably priced buffet. Staff take care to ensure that dishes on offer are rotated and restocked regularly so they don’t suffer as a result of being left out for too long. Café Arabesque is an impressive spot and if you have visitors in town and want to show off some of the region’s most authentic cuisine, this restaurant is a great place to start and offers good value for money, too. Café Arabesque
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 27 April 2015

Location: - Deira
Tel: 04 317 2222
Travel: Al Garhoud Road
Cuisine: Arabic, Lebanese, Middle Eastern
Dresscode: Casual
Experiences: Alcohol available, All you can eat deal, Outdoor seating, Smoking permitted
Times: Open daily 6.30am-11am noon-4pm, 6pm-11.30pm
Price range: Dhs350-499
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  • Ahmed Barakat Sep 04, 2010 06:50 am
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    I went to cafe rabesque for the iftar and i have to say it was the best one i have had in dubai . The service is quick the food is amazing. Overall great spot.
  • OC Aug 08, 2010 07:25 am
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    First up, let me say that that this is a nice chilled out place to have dinner, and the staff were nice - if a little over the top. They were happy to take back a dish we complained about and not to charge for it, and even presented us with a new offering without being asked (even though that was awful too).

    The problem was the food. The Shish Tawouk came out bland and chewy, and it felt a bit like they had cooked the chicken earlier and then given it a quick blast on the coals after I ordered it. It was pretty awful. I've had Shish Tawouk's all over Dubai and this was easily the worst, and also the most expensive... We got the garlic mushrooms and they had clearly come out of a can, they were horrible and we had to send them back. The grilled haloumi was nice, but hell, it's grilled haloumi. You'd have to be an idiot to mess that up.

    The buffet was a bit rubbish, and to clear up the above review, it only covers starters (which were good) and a miserable array of 'deserts' which were either dry or greasy and generally inedible. You pay 129 dhs for that, and then have to buy your main course seperately - which is another 60 - 100 per person. It adds up.

    Generally, I think you'd be silly to pay five times as much for the below average food in this restaurant than you would for, say, Al Hallab, just for some pretty lighting and a nice atmosphere. There are hundreds of good Arabic restaurants in this city, and I would not come back to this one.
  • samia Jun 20, 2010 09:38 am
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    a real arabic infusion as well as the good care
  • Peter Jun 14, 2010 06:42 am
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    Great spot. The restaurant is great and the service is exellent. The perfect place to enjoy good food.

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