Mazaj Mazaj

No fuss food from Lebanon Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2008

If gongs were handed out for undemanding conviviality, then Al Mazaj would undoubtedly secure its fair share of nominations. Ambition and innovation are both thin on the ground here, but the absence of airs and graces make for a pleasantly unprepossessing dining experience.

Once ensconced in one of the cosily ergonomic seats, kick back with a shisha pipe and let your stresses drift away like the wafts of smoke billowing through the trees. The food doesn’t quite match up to the ambience, but there are several perfectly acceptable dishes on offer.

The fattoush is fresh, if a little functional, while the hummus balila is a hot and garlicky portion of whole chickpeas. Meanwhile, the moussaka bears little resemblance to the classic lamb dish from Greece, and is instead a pleasant cold stew of aubergine with tomatoes, onion and chickpeas.

There’s better Lebanese food on offer in Dubai, but decent grub and good vibes is a winning combination that Al Mazaj has down to a fine art.

By Jeremy Lawrence
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Garhoud, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 282 9952
  • Travel: Century Village
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User reviews:

Posted by: Soraia Gomes on 12 Jun ' 13 at 07:22
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

This guys have the worst service ever! i went for several times and they do always the same, hours waiting for food, they bring the food partially...and when the bill comes they always keep a note inside, like they forget, but it happens always, so check your list and your change ALWAYS!

Posted by: Richard J on 06 Jun ' 12 at 14:17

The Arabic version of Moussaka does not contain any meat! You would expect a reviewer to know something about ME food when reviewing a Lebanese restaurant, especially considering that this is the Middle East after all!

Posted by: Aliso on 14 Jun ' 11 at 13:30
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

last week i went to Mazaj with my friends and i would like to inform the interested persons what happened with me:

services : good
Singer: wonderful
food: not bad
the ambiance: great
price: which we did not expected coz. they told us for each person 150 dhs with out any alcoholic drinks but the bill came for each person 225 dhs and when we checked the issue with the manager he said that we ordered 6 seven-Up + 2 Shisha which we don't believe that the 6 seven up & 2 shisha price = 510 dhs finaly the total bill came 1850 dhs and when we gave them 2000 dhs they gave back the bill balance of 2000 dhs just 15 dhs under our shocks my questation for the bosses of such restaurant why the Exploitation if we are shy to ask about the bill in front of the others customers ?

Posted by: Julia Guid on 11 Jun ' 11 at 13:34

The arabic version of the moussaka is different than the Greek one. I can't believe you don't know the difference.

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