Al Hallab

We visit a new version of an old Dubai favourite, which proves to be just as good as the original 11 Reviews

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There’s something magnificent about the entrance to Al Hallab at The Dubai Mall, especially if you take the escalator. Removed in a far-off corner of the mall’s top floor, it almost feels as though you’re ascending towards some grand castle in the sky (or perhaps a pastiche of one). Chandeliers and cherubic murals dot the interior, making this – the third branch of the popular Lebanese eatery – the most spectacular to date. The outdoor terrace overlooking the Burj Khalifa only makes the spot more enchanting.

However, other than the decor (and a shisha menu), little sets this venue apart from the ones that have preceded it. This, however, is no bad thing, considering Al Hallab has long served some of the best Lebanese food in the city. Little on the menu surprised my date and I when we visited, and for this we were thankful. The baba ganoush – perhaps the smokiest, most seductive dip in Dubai – was just as tantalising as always. The fattoush had the same superior combination of ingredients (sprightly pomegranate, fresh mint, tomatoes, sumac) as the one I’d often ordered for takeaway in Garhoud, and the fresh bread was just as soft and cushiony as I’d come to expect. In every way, the meal was exactly as I remembered it.

I also took the opportunity to try some new dishes (new to me, that is, not to the menu). While I often go in for the mixed grill – which offers layers of crackly, juicy lamb chops, drooling tubes of minced chicken and lamb kebabs and expertly salted (if slightly soggy) chips – my date and I decided to try the kebab kishkash: tubes of ground meat coated in a homely yet spicy tomato sauce. It sounds simple (possibly even boring), but it was glorious. The meat oozed its juices into the accompanying gravy, and the blend of spices (I could detect a hint of cinnamon) gave the dish some earthy hints.

There’s something lovely about how tucked away the venue is. Though it’s situated in a mall, it feels blissfully separate. Anyone who has time to kill and a hunger to quell should make Al Hallab their go-to spot.

The bill (for two)
1x Guava juice Dhs16
1x Large bottle of water Dhs10
1x Baba ganoush Dhs14
1x Fattoush Dhs16
1x Kebab kishkash Dhs32
Total (excluding service) Dhs88

By Daisy Carrington
Time Out Dubai,

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

Details

  • Location: The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 330 8828
  • Travel: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
  • Website

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: eddy on 09 Sep ' 12 at 10:37
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Just authentic Lebanese at its best, even in Lebanon they don't make food that tasty any-more,,,, and I am Lebanese
chapeaux Bas

Posted by: Qaisar Mehmood on 19 Dec ' 11 at 10:23
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Good one!

Posted by: Talal on 02 Nov ' 11 at 12:20
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Best Lebanese Restaurant in Dubai!

Posted by: Ahmad on 30 Sep ' 11 at 05:24
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

best lebanese food in town for many years. poor service still, servers need to change attitude

Posted by: Ann Meschel on 30 May ' 11 at 15:44
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

i can say its one of the best..im proud to be one of the team ;)

Posted by: Maryam on 15 Apr ' 11 at 16:24
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

really good food, the service is fast.

simply delicious, highly recommended.

Posted by: Jasmin on 11 Mar ' 11 at 18:59
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The best Lebanese food .. The mezza is very nice to share if you don't want a whole dish, you can just have a selection of great appetizers. It is highly recommended.

Posted by: Maryam on 20 Jan ' 11 at 14:00
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: yasser khalifa on 08 Jan ' 11 at 10:54
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Best Food Ever ..!! best View and great prices

Posted by: Tammam on 29 Dec ' 10 at 00:22
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

okay i knew that it is a Lebanese restaurant but i think they should think twice before they hire Lebanese waiters , when you try to ask your server to take the order he ignore you and try to serve ladies tables first even if they came after you , that way of waters accent during speak made you feel that they was prime minsters before the come and work as waiters

Posted by: Monica on 09 Sep ' 10 at 11:50
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Al Hallab is not only one of the best Lebanese restaurants in town, it has an amazing view when the weather permits... overlooking the fountains and Burj Khalifa.

To top it all, prices are really affordable, making you wonder how much profit the other restaurants make.

I have been at Al Hallab over 10 times and have never been dissappointed; I highly recommend it.

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