Babel

Lebanese seafood restaurant beloved in Beirut
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Time Out Says

Dubai has no small number of big, well-known restaurant brands imported from overseas, often ultimately somewhat inferior to the original, and plonked incongruously in locations that resemble nothing of their native origins.

At Levantine seafood restaurant Babel, the story couldn’t be more different

In fact, this might just be one of the most successful-ever imports of an established brand to the emirate.

Brought over from Lebanon, where it has multiple branches, including along the swish Zaitunay Bay, this latest addition to La Mer is little short of brilliant.

And, rather significantly, astonishingly good value to boot.

Save this one for a lazy weekend lunch – a Friday or Saturday when you’ve hours to indulgently while away, and journey through a menu of mezze, salad and an abudance of fantastically fresh seafood.

Dine upstairs, in the licensed part of the restaurant, and you’ll be able to do it while sampling the same Lebanese grape served at its Lebanon outposts.

But wherever you choose to sit, the food is sensational and the service superb.

Cold mezze arrives swiftly, salads exceptionally crisp and the hummus Beiruti packed with fresh mint, while puffed up, freshly baked breads provide a welcome accompaniment.

There’s not long to marinate in the tang of fattoush, however, before a piping hot plate of octopus à la provençale arrives and blows it out of the water.

Sliced into almost petal-like rounds, sautéed in an abundance of garlic and lemon, we’re instantly rendered as speechless as each tiny morsel is tender.

We’re not left with long to mourn the end of the dish, as two small Sultan Ibrahim arrive to prove the chefs here really know their way around seafood.

Seemingly merely dusted in flour before being deep-fried, beautifully cooked flesh and crispy skin peel daintily away from the bones, and each is demolished without the need for so much as a squeeze of lemon.

A whole, charcoal-grilled sea bream confirms our theory that this is some of the absolute best Lebanese-style seafood you’ll find anywhere in the city.

And coming in at under Dhs600 for two (with a bottle of grape), it’s indisputably top on value for money. Yalla – go now.

WHAT IS IT...
Lebanese seafood restaurant beloved in Beirut

WHY GO...
For fantastic fish (and value) by the beach

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 19 Dec 2018

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Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
12:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM to 11:59 PMMonday: 12:00 PM to 11:59 PMTuesday: 12:00 PM to 11:59 PMWednesday: 12:00 PM to 11:59 PMThursday: 12:00 PM to 11:59 PMFriday: 12:00 PM to 11:59 PMSaturday: 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Show number 04 419 0220
Dubai, Abu Hail, S30, 2A Street, La Mer South Jumeirah 1 - United Arab Emirates
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