Aroos Damascus

Syrian food at reasonable prices in Deira 18 Reviews

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I’m not exactly sure how to spell Aroos Damascus. The menu, bill and restaurant billboard each boast different spellings. Aroos seems to be marginally more consistent, so for the time being, that’s what I’ll use.

There are other things about this restaurant – recommended to me by several Arabic food enthusiasts – that are charmingly befuddling. The venue takes over almost an entire block in Deira, and sandwiches a third, seemingly unrelated restaurant in the middle of its bulk. Outside there are several hawkers whose job it is to pull in customers. There were quite a few tugging us in so many different directions that we weren’t sure where we were meant to go. Ultimately the staff shuffled us upstairs to an expansive, desolate room. Once there we looked enviously out the window at the cheery couples eating outside and opted to brave the heat for the sake of a dinner with a bit more atmosphere.

The menu boasted all the usual Middle Eastern suspects – houmous, shawarma, kebabs – and only a handful of items that set the place apart as uniquely Syrian. If this restaurant was anything to go by, the main difference between Syrian and Lebanese cuisine is the use of balsamic vinegar, a seasoning that the chefs clearly favoured. It was a bit difficult to feel the flavours in our order of baba ganoush because it came so drowned in the condiment, as did an otherwise airy spinach pastry. Thankfully the chefs gave the bottle a rest when preparing the fried kibbeh. These fried balls of minced lamb were perfectly acceptable, but I’ve certainly had variations that made a stronger impression. My date and I split a kebab khashkhash, a meaty tube made with minced lamb, onions and various spices, coated in a mildly spicy tomato sauce. Again, the dish was fine – just unmemorable.

I was disappointed by the meal, only because I had been led to believe by several that Aroos Damascus served some of the best Arabic food in the city. This is certainly not the case: it serves up good Arabic food, on a par with many other venues in and around town. Still, it’s not to be discounted. Like many of its brethren, it offers a decent Syrian meal at a great price. And, really, that in itself is plenty.

The bill (for two)
1x Baba ganoush Dhs10
1x Fried kibbeh Dhs15
1x Spinach pastry Dhs2
1x Kebab khashkash Dhs25
1x Vegetable salad Dhs10
Total (excluding service) Dhs62

By Daisy Carrington
Time Out Dubai,

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  • Location: Deira, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 221 9825
  • Travel: Al Muraqqabat Road

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: Abdul Hameed on 30 Jan ' 13 at 20:39
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Lovely resturant specially for dinner

Posted by: Sally on 06 Aug ' 12 at 11:04
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Best Arabic food in town, love it love it... All the other Arabic restaurant are copy paste of each other. Try their chicken motafa with lemon and garlic yuuuum,
I live in Marina but i keep ordering :))))

Posted by: Nancy on 30 Jul ' 12 at 14:01
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Amazing food ...i can't wait for the next visit...yummmyy!!!

Posted by: hk on 08 May ' 12 at 14:14
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greattttt

Posted by: Eliana on 13 Dec ' 11 at 22:47
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Even after having been in the 5 star hotels around Dubai and having tried their gourmet dinners, we kept going back to Aros Damascus to try several of their large menu and every dish was delicious. We had a laughter after realizing nobody asks how would you like your steak.....no rare, well-done or medium but it was cooked (grilled) to perfection everytime! The service was one of the best I ever experienced all over the world. Unforgettable place and food, yet relaxing laid back atmosphere due to not being an upscale pricey place. It reminds me of old establishments in food oriented capitals where all runs smooth and it's all about the food, not decor, fashion reviews or location! They offer a top salad I'll be craving and I'm not a salad eater, ever!

Posted by: AJAY KANE on 12 Oct ' 11 at 06:33
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

as i am pure vegetarian --- i enjoy all the vegetarian food and even i get packed when i fly to india.

Posted by: KANWAL KHAN on 24 Apr ' 11 at 07:32
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Best place for arabic food... I love the food and just wanted to go there again and again..

Posted by: Dany on 04 Apr ' 11 at 18:24
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Very nice traditional food

Posted by: Merzy on 02 Mar ' 11 at 15:36
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Good - Grilled Chicken

Posted by: Nazneen on 23 Feb ' 11 at 10:09
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: PP on 08 Feb ' 11 at 20:11
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great Food. Hot baked Pitas. Great Meat platter. 1 kg

Posted by: Basel on 06 Sep ' 10 at 09:13
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Food is good but that is all

Posted by: Shahrukh on 25 Aug ' 10 at 09:10
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent Food, Ambience and Decor is just ok but when you taste the food who needs the decor.
Price is fine and i would say good value for money. You can eat lavishly at a per head cost of 45-50 if you are in a group of 4-6.
Parking is also available.
I do eat out there frequently.

Posted by: Jack on 20 May ' 10 at 06:06
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Amazing food

Posted by: Mohamed on 16 Feb ' 10 at 05:30
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Wow! Blew me away!

Posted by: Ammar on 16 Feb ' 10 at 05:25
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Eric on 25 Sep ' 09 at 15:35
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I have been here a couple times and think it's much better than the review portrays . .

Posted by: Himanshu on 15 Sep ' 09 at 15:27
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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