Zaroob

Flatbreads are reinvented at this new Levantine hangout 45 Reviews

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Nestled at the foot of the unassuming Jumeirah Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road, an area where soulless chains dominate, this new Levant street food joint is certainly something different. With exposed concrete floors and corrugated iron walls (each adorned with graffiti and stencils of Arabic icons, such as singer Om Kalthoum), the interiors ooze edge and feel genuinely eclectic, rather than staged. ‘I feel like I’m in Cape Town,’ said my date on our visit, while flicking through the carb-filled and decidedly un-South African menu. ‘It feels unique and independent,’ he explained, pointing to the light fittings covered in keffiyeh checks.

The venue boasts outdoor seating, as well as a large wooden area hidden upstairs, but we chose to sit downstairs to watch the theatrical throwing of the giant saj dough pancake. The ratio of bandana-wearing staff to customers was three to one, so it was never hard to catch someone’s eye, yet they still managed to defy the laws of physics and appear rushed off their feet. But after being open only a week, we can forgive them a few shaky hands and forgotten side plates.

We started with a shared signature Zaroob cocktail. The Carmen Miranda of drinks, this wildly flamboyant ‘juice’ looked like something honeymooners would be served upon arrival at an all-inclusive Caribbean resort. It was served in an open jar filled with fresh strawberries, pineapples and kiwis, plus yoghurt, honey, almonds and pistachios, all whole, while the liquid element was a mixed cocktail of avocado, guava, kiwi, strawberry and mango juice.

We began our solids journey via a classic houmous with shwarma chicken that was a cut above the rest, the chicken flavoursome and moist, the houmous near perfect: tangy without biting on the tongue. Our second starter of halloumi was less appetising – the far-too-salty dish led to an ‘eau-du-brine’ enduring on the palette.

For mains we tried a deliciously fresh man’oushe bread wrap filled with herby and flavoursome kofta, plus a clearly calorific fateer bread (Egypt’s contribution to flatbread) stuffed with Kraft cheese spread. The latter was flaky with an oily slick, and was too rich for me. I preferred the pillowy mano’ushe, but my date begged to differ as the cheesy spread dripped down his forearms mid-bite.

At this point we were both stuffed; as I struggled to finish my mammoth juice, I insisted I couldn’t possibly order more. Yet the temptation of crispy-thin wholemeal saj bread housing gooey Nutella, cooked bananas and crushed hazelnuts proved too much.

We left feeling uncomfortably full, yet pleased to have found a venue that stands out from the cookie-cutter crowd with fresh interiors, even fresher bread and over-the-top juices. Rather dangerously, it’s also open 24 hours.

The bill (for two)
1x Zaroob cocktail Dhs39
1x Grilled halloumi Dhs16
1x Houmous with chicken Dhs20
1x Kofta man’oushe Dhs16
1x Fateer with Kraft Dhs15
1x Nutella saj Dhs14
Total (excluding service) Dhs120

By Oliver Robinson
Time Out Dubai,

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

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  • Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 327 6060
  • Travel: Jumeirah Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Tika on 01 Apr ' 13 at 08:16
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

good food worst service.

waited for almost half an hour just for a pot of morrocan tea just to find there's no sugar in it.. when we asked for sugar, the waiter gave us such an unpleasant facial expression "no sugar in it?? rellyyy?" came back few min later, slam the sugar jar on our table. without tea spoon, so we just stir the sugar with a table spoon,we're just not bother to ask anything from them anymore after several call we made to 'the unhappy to assist waitress' because they keep missing something from our food order. what a SHAME!!! n 'the supervisor', was just standing there next to our table, watching us without doing anything. will NEVER ever come back.

Posted by: feras fares on 26 Mar ' 13 at 19:42
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

the best restaurant ever
the taste great
the service great and it take 10 min because too much people on the waiting list

Posted by: feras fares on 26 Mar ' 13 at 19:40
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

the best restaurant ever
the taste great

Posted by: ZANI on 15 Feb ' 13 at 20:45
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

not even answering the phone after calling all available numbers and multiple times during working hours. ridicilous!

Posted by: Reem on 08 Feb ' 13 at 15:33
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

You'd think that they'd attempt to improve their service after receiving multiple complaints about it. Not the case. Service goes from bad to worse. All the floor managers can do is say that they cant do anything about it. They dont even pick up their delivery phone lines. Too bad since their food is good.

Posted by: seif on 03 Sep ' 12 at 17:41
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: reem on 10 Jul ' 12 at 19:15
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

loved their food + drinks

Posted by: Samuel on 07 Jul ' 12 at 10:40
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Worst service a restaurant can provide. Extremely SLOW service. And the waiters are not so friendly !

Posted by: rasha on 26 Jun ' 12 at 09:15
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Extremely poor service waited 10 min for the waiter to com other 20 min without even getting our juices ... and then asked the waitress to cancel our order since at least 4 tables who came after us started eating!!!!!!!!!!! and she did not care... but obviously this is something normal in zarooob

Posted by: Frédéric on 08 May ' 12 at 16:58
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Here is a restaurant that stands out from competitors with a sign that lights up and an eclectic interior (inside is decorated like a bazaar, with a few tables on the ground where customers can place order for multiple tables and take higher ground ). Outside, a terrace and sip animated world of the weekend and discuss benefits of dishes from the restaurant.

The map-based Middle East first proposes a variety of fruit juices. Then the choice, many choices of products such as Mezzes cold or hot, wrap or flat Man'oushe (this is the bread which differs in sanwich), falafel, shawarma, or fateer saj ....

The map is presented on a long piece of paper and you check what you want. The service is friendly and young. The clientele is mainly local and young.

That day I ordered a "Garlic Chicken Wrapped Man'oushe" with french fries.
Fast service within 10 minutes.

Excellent sandwich, composed of salads, chicken, tomatoes, pickles, cheddar, and garlic sauce. Great surprise the fries were good and not frozen.

Very good value for money, AED 25 for all.

I would discover other dishes.

NB: as desserts they propose a saj with nutella, bananas and nuts, a caloriq bomb.

Areas for improvement:
- Damage to the terrace overlooking the road. A bit noisy.

Posted by: shaheen on 23 Apr ' 12 at 11:32
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I just keep going back to this amazing restaurant.
I love the decoration, the food, and the atmosphere.

Posted by: fahad on 04 Apr ' 12 at 04:54
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Posted by: Moody on 14 Dec ' 11 at 13:15
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Service needs to be improved , got satisfied with delicious food and amazing surrounding atmosphere

Posted by: Ziad on 02 Nov ' 11 at 07:36
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Unfriendly answer over the phone.
The Sandwiches are not to the standard compare to their price, infact not to the Standard period.

Posted by: Samer on 26 Sep ' 11 at 17:54
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Binish Roobas on 25 Sep ' 11 at 13:11
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Michael on 17 Sep ' 11 at 04:16
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I was looking forward to trying this place but was very disappointed. They have the food items they use displayed all over the store so I decided to take a look at the labels.... full of MSG and artificial junk. Cream cheese from a squeezable container?! Meat in a can? Hot dogs in a can? What was I going to eat??!!

Thanks Zaroob for displaying your food items so I know never to return.

Posted by: Chris on 16 Sep ' 11 at 13:09
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Very good value. Fresh, tasty food. Premises are clean and modern. Helpful staff. Efficient delivery service.

Posted by: Nadeem Jafarey on 15 Aug ' 11 at 10:07
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great food and good value for money. The service needs improvement. On the whole a very good experience of middle eastern cuisine. I love the Mezzeh.

Posted by: Ayman on 06 Aug ' 11 at 14:26
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Let put it this way I got sick, the food was really bad and cold, and the service was very bad!! they didn't serve us water till 20 mins after iftar time!!

Posted by: Abdulrahman on 30 Jul ' 11 at 12:52
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Great food, however service is slow and A/C is not working properly.
We waited almost 20 min to order! and another 10 min witing for bill.

Waitress complained of workload and A/C being out of order for 3 weeks.

Otherwise it was a good one time experiance.

Posted by: Ahlam on 17 Apr ' 11 at 13:46
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

the Decor was great, and the food is one of the best foods in the area but the service is so bad, I complained couple of times, even my friends complained and spoke with the manager but nothing worked, I decided not to go their as long as they have the same service :)

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

always great foof but often a bit slow.

Posted by: Seps on 03 Apr ' 11 at 21:14
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Food is just average, service is slow, I'll never go back there.

Posted by: Noura Abdel Hadi on 22 Mar ' 11 at 10:36
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Noura Abdel Hadi on 22 Mar ' 11 at 10:36
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Joseph E on 21 Mar ' 11 at 19:19
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Food is so amazing and Chefs are friendly. Nice music and beverages.
However in terms of service I think they need to train and improve more.
Very classy and stunning ambience.
Absolutely go back again.


Posted by: Diab on 21 Mar ' 11 at 19:14
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

amazing restaurant, well done zaroob
gr8 value for money. the food is fabulouse

Posted by: mira on 16 Mar ' 11 at 16:32
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

great food
fab ambience
excellent value for money!

Posted by: Surya on 16 Mar ' 11 at 12:29
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Amazing, funky and original decor! the atmosphere is chilled, makes you feel very nostalgic. great place to hang out.
food is very affordable and extremely tasty!

can recommend it to everyone!!!

Posted by: hayatEid on 13 Mar ' 11 at 05:47
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

the best food

Posted by: sandy on 12 Mar ' 11 at 17:15
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: sandy on 12 Mar ' 11 at 17:15
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Mohd alshibani on 28 Feb ' 11 at 10:09
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Mohd alshibani on 28 Feb ' 11 at 09:44
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Prabhu on 28 Feb ' 11 at 06:53
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Extremely poor service !! Waited for almost 30 mins for our starters which were a couple plates of Hummous !!! Food portions are tiny (although tasty) and not worth the price. we had to wait another 20 mins for our bill to arrive ...

I complained to the manager there and he didn't seem to care much !!! Would never recommend it anyone. Better joints down the road from there .... with much better service.

Posted by: Elie on 15 Feb ' 11 at 16:55
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Amazing Decor & Ambience + Amazing Food = Perfect Restaurant for everyone ! ! ! And not only that their price is very cheap so it's really perfect. For a little money that you have you will be satisfied already. So don't miss to visit Zaroob also.

Posted by: Rhona on 15 Feb ' 11 at 16:28
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

All I can say is, FANTASTIC ambience coz it's very relaxing and what else you can do is to reminisce all the things way back from your childhood days. So don't miss out your chance to visit Zaroob. For sure all of you will love the place also. :)

Posted by: Mark on 27 Jan ' 11 at 05:41
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: rabih e.z. on 05 Jan ' 11 at 10:52
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

great idea! a different approach vs. al other similar cousines, which creates a comeback feel. i dont think opening timings is a problem, but at all times you would want to pass by and enjoy the food!

Posted by: farid halabi on 09 Dec ' 10 at 08:42
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Amazing..... loved it, the food is great, prices are reasonable, and the atmosphere in general is fresh.

BRAVO i say.

Posted by: Nasser ZUHOUR on 07 Dec ' 10 at 11:38
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

It is a very unique Levant street concept with a fusionised contemporary design & hand made chairs, tables, stools & table ware.

We miss these kind of concepts that relates to the Soul & your childhood experience.

It is combining Food from the alley's of the Levant & Egypt, It has Charcoal Shawarma, Oven Baked Man'ouche, Saj, Egyptian Fateer & Koshare, (Foul, Hommous & Falafel) & Freshly squeezed Juices.

& guess what, prices are Super cheap & the quality is outstanding.

The service is also phenomenon & staff are super friendly.

Dont miss out on Zaroob, you have to pay them a visit.


Posted by: KB on 06 Dec ' 10 at 05:25
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Better Lebanese food (Saj, Hummus, Haloomi cheese etc) is available at least half a dozen restaurants on SZR. Our waiter was very confused. Saj was very soggy. Portions very small. Would rather go to Zaatar wa Zait or Shakespeare & Co.

Posted by: Patricia on 30 Nov ' 10 at 07:21
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Good food, original presentation, efficient service and very cheap. Recommended.Not opened 24hrs yet.

Posted by: shilpa on 29 Nov ' 10 at 15:43
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

love the place!! its between where i work and live so i am a regular!!

just be careful - its not open 24 hours just yet!!

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