From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2009Burj Al Hamam has been a Lebanese staple for 50 years, and has since opened up branches in Jordon and Kuwait, with a second Dubai outlet slated for Dubai Mall. But it is hard to understand why. There’s nothing particularly bad about it.
In fact, it is better than your standard baba ganoush joint in so far as its menu refreshingly extends to dishes beyond the usuals. However, the cold mezze is disappointingly, well, cold. The frigid temperature of each dish makes them all taste a bit samey. The hot mezze doesn’t face this problem, and, as a result, is much more enjoyable.
The mains, however, are a real disappointment. The meat in the akraas naanaa – described as grilled, finely ground meat stuffed with onions and spices, and sautéed with lemon – has the consistency of shoe leather. The standard pastry desserts are decent, but certainly not the best in Dubai.
Burj Al Hamam defines what it means to be ‘a gamble’; you’re just as likely to find a dish that displeases as one that delights. And, though the venue still needs to sort out a few hiccups, it’s still worth a visit – at the least, to expand your definition of Lebanese fare.