Mays El Reem
An empty room dishes out some of the best Lebanese food in Dubai
Time Out Says
From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011When expats move to Dubai, their first week in the city usually involves a crash course in Lebanese food. Most residents soon learn the difference between houmous and mutabbal, although getting beyond the basics is often tricky for novices. Many seem to cling to the mixed grill like a life buoy. Less familiar items – the muhamara, makanek and delicious raw kibbeh – are skipped over far too often. Go for the set menu consisting of a mountain of mezze and meats, many of which will be new to your palates.
The kibbeh nayeh – raw lamb minced with bulgur wheat, herbs and spices – is there, along with its cousin, frik, a spicier, bulkier version. The kibbeh is satiny, smoky and vibrant, while the frik is thicker and grainier, yet no less magical. A garlicky salad of lamb tongue will be another revelation, and you'll probably find yourself dunking into this dish repeatedly. That old standby, the mixed grill, is also above and beyond the usual assortment of meat. Mays El-Reem should get some more business, because the food really is good.
By Time Out Dubai staff | 26 Mar 2011
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