Al Reef Lebanese Bakery

The Lebanese bakery champion of Dubai Reviews

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This stretch of Za’abeel Street, just down the street from the Karama post office, is the Lebanese bakery capital of Dubai. We presume that Al Reef and Al Arz bakeries, directly across the road from each other, are healthy old-fashioned arch-nemeses.

After ordering from a wall-mounted menu behind the counter, we sat on the pavement next to a massive Al Jazeera-blasting Flatron television, which probably cost more than the rest of the décor put together. Our food reached us ten minutes later, piles of white bread with fillings undeviating in their tastiness. The zataar from the saj was savoury and crisp, the cheese manakish was warm and gooey, and the sausage and egg version possessed a comforting all-day-breakfast quality. Our stuffed vine leaves were served warm, a little unusual but not unpleasant, and our lamb kibbeh were steaming hot. Also, most admirably, the olives in the side salad had been pitted and sliced. We finished with a selection of nutty Arabic sweets from a vast selection. But beware, an entire meal at Al Reef can easily involve a severe white bread overload.

By Matthew Lee

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Details

  • Location: Karama, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 396 1980
  • Travel: Zaabeel Road

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Brunch served

User reviews:

Posted by: maisy on 21 Aug ' 12 at 11:27
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This restaurant has delicious food which you can eat at any time of the day. It has the best manakish in the whole world.

Posted by: Grim on 01 Jun ' 12 at 14:00
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Bharath on 25 May ' 12 at 12:24
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Fantastic food at great prices. Open right through till 4 am in the morning. What more can you ask for?

Must try the Cheese + Zaater and the shawarmas.

Posted by: Don on 13 Aug ' 11 at 18:08
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Ive been eating here for the past 5 years and I always go back for more!

Posted by: Adnan Abbas on 14 Feb ' 10 at 18:43
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

best for take-away food instead of service being not that great.

Posted by: Joe on 13 Sep ' 09 at 11:43
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Temi on 11 Feb ' 09 at 17:44
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Food is lovely but the service sucks!!

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