Baba don’t preach
We find Al Hallab’s baba ganoush irresistibly seductive. For starters, we’re addicted the dip’s smouldering undertones brought out by the addition of charred aubergine (there is something innately sexy about all things associated with fire). And if the smoky taste wasn’t enough to hook us, the texture, a thick, chunky, rustic, tongue-coating paste, surely is. This Lebanese standby is well-served with the restaurant’s warm, pliant home-cooked Arabic bread. Unlike some of its blander, more processed counterparts, Al Hallab’s pita has a complexity of flavour, aided by a light dusting of cinnamon.
Al Hallab (04 282 3388), Garhoud, opposite Dubai Creek Golf Club. Open 8am-1am daily. All major credit cards accepted. Dhs14