Time Out Says
Shakshouka, hummus, labneh and all the other Lebanese favourites are on the menu, but apart from the delicious halloumi fries topped with pomegranate seeds, yoghurt and mint, it’s all fairly standard fare.
Last time we visited, Filful was based in BoxPark in a lively-looking but small space. It’s now moved to Downtown Dubai in a far more cavernous outlet with a huge outdoor area overlooking the tree-lined Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. The décor is still youthful and bold, with an emphasis on blocky red and blue colours and vintage memorabilla scattered on the walls.
Food-wise the halloumi fries are a total hit, as is the recommended watermelon and feta salad. We also try the bulghari manakish (a flatbread cut into slices topped with cheese, onion, tomato and spices) – but there’s not a great deal of fusion and it tastes more like the tomatoes are an afterthought.
The hummus too is very ordinary, and the falafel have been so heavily deep-fried that it’s nigh on impossible to taste the filling.
The food is generally good but not above average – and the service is a bit overbearing.
Nevertheless, Filful is a bold and colourful spot and you’d do worse for a quick bite to eat if you’re after decent-priced mezze.
WHAT IS IT...
A decently-priced Lebanese joint in Downtown Dubai
The halloumi fries
By TIme Out Dubai staff | 02 Jan 2019
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