Reem Al Bawadi

Eclectic mix of traditional Lebanese and American food

From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011

As far as Arabic restaurants in Dubai go, Reem is an institution, especially since the renovations of the past year. While a large, glass-fronted branch has opened alongside Sheikh Zayed Road, punters continue to flock to the Jumeirah branch, now that it’s twice the size with a spacious outdoor terrace. But while the décor has shifted up several gears, and there are yet more shisha pipes and TVs to watch sport on: the same advancements don’t seem to have been made with the food. At Reem you can expect very simple Arabic and North African fare, while not particularly terrible – it’s still not as stand-out as the interiors and its popularity might suggest. Service is – paradoxically – consistently hit and miss, though seems to be getting a little friendlier. Reem is a definitely worth a visit during Ramadan for its incredible whirling dervishes.

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