Al Hallab

Al Hallab is almost as busy as the Garhoud Bridge that its sizeable windows overlook, but unlike one of Dubai’s most reviled structures, a visit to this vibrant restaurant is never a frustrating one 12 Reviews

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Al Hallab is almost as busy as the Garhoud Bridge that its sizeable windows overlook, but unlike one of Dubai’s most reviled structures, a visit to this vibrant restaurant is never a frustrating one. Having built-up a faithful following of Garhoud office-workers and Lebanese locals who venture here from across the emirate to get their mezze fix, its evergrowing popularity has not been to the detriment of the food and the service. Suitably kitsch and comfy, the chintzy upstairs seating area is accessed by a rather grand pillared staircase, topped with golden acorns and cherubs. Downstairs houses an open kitchen and a pastry counter where, if you smile nicely at the baker, you’ll be rewarded with a free sample of toothsome baklava.

Your polished table is adorned with a plate of peppers, pickles, frighteningly bitter olives and fat tomatoes to drizzle olive oil over as a healthy appetiser. Baskets of fresh, billowing pitta bread are continuously refreshed and best accompanied by a creamy hummos topped with grilled meat and handfuls of pinenuts or a smoky baba ghanoush packed with shiny pomegranate baubles. Their daily lunch specials feature three changing dishes, usually comprising a meat and potato and a fish and rice dish — the baked hammour with savoury, nutty rice is always good. Grilled halloumi is squeakily-sound, salads are fresh and lemony and their massive mixed grill with stuffed marinated kebab meat and tomatoey bread will satisfy the most monstrous of appetites.

Fresh fruit juices from an impressive variety of fruits on display are an enjoyable way to a vitamin C boost, while those who don’t have to rush back to a vigilant boss, can partake in a leisurely shisha upstairs. Al Hallab remains one of the most bustling Lebanese restaurants in the emirate and is certainly worthy of its patronage.


By TimeOut Dubai Staff

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Details

  • Location: Garhoud, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 282 3388
  • Travel: Garhoud Road
  • Website

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Russel Kaymer on 08 Apr ' 11 at 10:43
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great Food and quick but this restaurant is consistently let down by its poor, disinterested, disorganised service. The Restaurant manager(s) just do not seem to be able to manage the floor staff. If you call for a take away the phone takes and age to be picked up, even though "your call is important to us"....Maybe the owners are making money hand over fist and dont pay or incentive the staff properly which is a shame because the food is consistently good but the service is diabolical.

Posted by: Lena on 01 Sep ' 10 at 11:10
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Not a bad place. decent food. But over rated.

Posted by: Juan Jose Ferrari on 04 Aug ' 10 at 23:08
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I'm an Argentine that stayed in Dubai twice ago. Luckely I ate twice in Al Hallab, because the food is amazing, is the best food in all Dubai...
The service is very good and the price is very reasonable...
The hummus with meat is just delicous...and the grilled chicken also Excellent grilled meats - pick any one. I love to eat the crispy fried kibbe and dunk it into a thick and silky cool lebani with garlic. Don't forget the fettoush with pomegranate syrup dressing.
This is my favorite restaurant in all Dubai...Please you can not go and no visit Al Hallab...!

Posted by: Akram Chawilo on 24 Jul ' 10 at 22:00
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Where do I begin.....everything about this chain of restuarants is great

Quality meats and seafood at very affordable prices, a rarety in Dubai!! Their new grilled shrimps are extremely tasty.

The service has been consistent and excellent even at their busiest times, and I mean they get BUSYYYY on the weekends, but they remain very fast, Unbelievable!!

The new branch at Dubai Mall, simply magnificent food, decor, view, and ambience........best new spot in town, ofcourse with no alcohol.

Last but not least, the famous Hallab sweets at the Garhoud location, the only reason I go to Deira ever since I moved to Sheikh Zayed Rd.

A must visit spot for me once every week or two, at any of there locations.
Enjoy Hallab

Posted by: naji on 19 Apr ' 10 at 19:34
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

i love it.. i feel home when i am there. try the maamoul madd with kashta. the best sweet. served only on weekends unfortunately !

Posted by: Pursnickitty on 16 Apr ' 10 at 15:24
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Al Hallab has always had the best tasting Lebanese food. Yeah, it's a bit on the pricey side compared to other places, but seriously, the food is delicious! Well worth your dirhams. Don't know what's gotten into them lately, but they've also upped their service. Start out with the best yellow lentil soup in town with chunky garlic croutons - make sure you squeeze that lemon on it! That's why they put it there. I think it's the best hummus I've ever had - super creamy. Quality olives and pickles. Excellent grilled meats - pick any one. Nice, smokey, char-grilley good. I love to eat the crispy fried kibbe and dunk it into a thick and silky cool lebani with garlic. Don't forget the fettoush with pomegranate syrup dressing (but not too much dressing). FYI - they also do catering. The manager on duty took the time to sit with me. He worked with me to create a nice meal for 30 over a complimentary espresso. Definitely felt like I was valued as a customer. And the best part - free delivery!!

Posted by: Khalil on 07 Jan ' 10 at 08:14
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: fadi on 18 Sep ' 09 at 12:13
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Ali on 02 Sep ' 09 at 06:00
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  • Best for: Family friendly

Posted by: NASSIB ALADDIN on 31 Mar ' 09 at 09:17
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Hallab is the best restaurant in dubai especially dish of the day, decoration is excellent, staff r so friendly and cheerful, food is so hygienic ans delicious. its my favorite restaurant in daubai i eat there once and sometimes twice a day...dont wanna forget the arabic sweets wich is their specialty... enjoy AL HALLAB

Posted by: tania jannoun on 29 Mar ' 09 at 06:37
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

the food tastes great and the variety of dishes is also good. however, the ambiance is not that great. the place could use some redecoration in order to stay up to date.

Posted by: Balustroid on 08 Jan ' 09 at 15:20
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

To me the food is always fresh and delicious. I always order (take away) grilled boneless chicken and it is always succulent. I also order rice, stuffed grape leaves, hommus and sweet melon juice. This is one of my favourite take away restaurants.

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