Lah Lah

A brand-new spot in The Greens
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Time Out Says

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” was invented for places like Lah Lah. From the outside, this restaurant in the brand-new Zabeel House by Jumeirah hotel looks less than impressive.

Upon arrival, a stony-faced man in surprisingly casual garb charges towards our cab and opens the door. That’s a warning sign to fire up your fight or flight response in any other city apart from this. As it turns out, it’s actually the polite concierge ready to help.

The unusually laid-back theme continues throughout. From the cheesy messages of encouragement to eat more cake, to the industrial-style furniture and “hey man” greetings, it’s all a bit contrived.

And, when we eventually find ourselves in the land of Lah Lah, we’re just about ready to carry out one of the life lessons on the wall: Live, Laugh, Run for the Hills.

It’s deserted, with only a solitary chef seen waving at us behind the kitchen’s glass wall. When we eventually find staff arranging tables outside – next to the swimming pool that’s still under construction – we take a seat inside. It describes itself as “edgy” – that means exposed lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling, geometric-patterned cushions and a brushed metal bar area.

Thankfully, when the kitchen takes control things start to pick up. Because the food here is delicious. The chilli prawn starters are crisp and spicy, the Thai beef salad and Vietnamese noodles are perfectly pleasant and the wagyu beef burger is served alongside some of Dubai’s best chips.

That’s right, we’re shunning the blasé attitude of the hotel and going big and bold: these triple cooked chips are unbeatable.

They’re chunky, they’re slightly salted, they’re crunchier than a bowl of Rice Krispies on the outside, and softer than marshmallows in the middle.

A true surprise and enough to prove that things really shouldn’t be taken on first impressions.

Once the hotel’s settled in and if things pick up, Lah Lah could be one to watch.

A brand-new spot in The Greens

The food – specifically the chips

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 24 Feb 2019

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