Reem Al Bawadi
Time Out Says
Head here post midnight and you’ll find the place buzzing, with people playing board games, chatting and settling down with an authentic mezze banquet.
It adds a homely feel to the huge Sheikh Zayed Road restaurant, which has an abundance greenery and vine leaves adorning the walls.
A quirky touch is the wall of photos of celebrities at the entrance, showing famous faces who have visited the restaurant, including many of the Middle Eastern actors and even American rapper Nelly.
The service here is swift, with plate after plate of of delicious smelling food soon appearing on our table shortly after we order.
We start off with a traditional cheese manakish, which is fantastically gooey and moreish, before trying a selection of Lebanese favourites that we manage to narrow down from the vast menu.
The best by far is the hot pepper muhammara, which is fragrant and rich, ground down into a smooth, spicy paste.
The cheese sambousek are perhaps a little too oily on the outside, but the meal is picked up by the delicious moutabal – grilled aubergine and tahini with a splash of tangy lemon and crunchy walnuts.
If you’re looking for somewhere with a quirky yet authentic Arabian atmosphere, then you can’t go far wrong with Reem
WHAT IS IT...
Longstanding Lebanese eatery
For the manakish
By Time Out Dubai staff | 28 Apr 2019
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