From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2009
A perennially packed out restaurant is a sure fire way to tell a good egg from a bad one, and we can only jostle for space in the ever growing crowd singing the praises of Reem al Bawadi.

This Lebanese restaurant ticks every box: atmosphere, convivial, helpful staff, tasty food and a certain quirky something that sets it apart from the rest. Set rather inconspicuously next to the HSBC bank, the exterior is flanked by an outdoor terrace; chock full of diners puffing on shisha.

The interior is a huge, leafy den of wooden tables and cushioned seats; teeming with groups of people eating, playing cards or backgammon. The ceiling is a jungle of foliage and the coils of delicious-smelling shisha smoke seems to permeate the entire restaurant. In fact, you’ll find it difficult to resist the shisha and you shouldn’t; it’s easily one of the best in the city (the pineapple is rather ingeniously served in hollowed pineapple husks for Dhs 50.

It’s the kind of place to order plenty of Lebanese plates like houmous, fattoush salad, shish taouk and have a feast with friends ‘till the wee hours of the morning (like Time Out did) With such a vibrant atmosphere, reserving in advance is an absolute must.