Labneh Wa Zaatar

Lebanese restaurant on Diyafah Street

Time Out Says

It’s a brave move by Labneh Wa Zaatar to join Dhiyafah Street’s throng of Lebanese restaurants. After all, Beirut and Al Mallah, both a little further up the road, are regarded as two of the best independent eateries in the city. So in order to survive in the face of such stiff competition, Labneh needs to offer something a little different.

That something, the restaurant’s eponymous trademark dish, arrived soon after we took our seats – a quadri-plated appetiser of thick yoghurt cheese (labneh), thyme-centric herbal mix (zaatar), fresh salad, and wonderfully crisp savoury breadsticks. It was a delicious combination, but the main cause of our contentedness was not having to munch on the usual Lebanese restaurant pre-meal feast – shrivelled olives, near-rotting pickled carrots and an allotment’s worth of salad.

The rest of the meal was fairly good too. Our Dhs40 bought us a huge portion of creamy hummos in a fake-earthenware bowl; a plate of piping hot and gooey halloumi manakish; fattoush with too much oil and lemon juice; and juicy beef kebabs with strips of grilled aubergine. The limited décor is relatively stylish, with huge Buddha Bar-esque paintings hanging from the walls, but Labneh’s oft-published motto (‘More than just food’) rings a little hollow in such a bog-standard setting. The food is impressive enough – when it comes to Lebanese cuisine those lucky Dhiyafah dwellers are seriously spoilt for choice.

By Matthew Lee  | 01 May 2005

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Show number 04 345 5575
Dubai, Satwa, 30 Al Dhiyafah Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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