Zahr El Laymoun
Time Out Says
Perfect for visitors, Zahr El-Laymoun serves up those two essentials any house guest will be expecting you to treat them to – tasty Levantine cuisine and views of The Dubai Fountain (oh, and the opportunity for a mammoth shopping expedition just next door – hello, Dubai Mall).
That said, this is Lebanese food with something of a difference. For in place of your favourite fried kibbeh and golden chips, you’ll find that everything is baked, and there’s an emphasis on lighter dining. Fortunately, the food is none the worse for it.
Embrace the theme wholeheartedly and dive into a bowl of the fresh, tangy tomato and onion salad, while the Fountain dances to the sound of Arabic music in the background.
Grab one of the piping hot, puffed up breads and scoop your way through a bowl of the superb hummus Beyrouti, packing a real garlicky punch.
Mains aren’t quite as impressive, but it really is no matter. Mezze is the standout here, and there’s enough variety to please. You could easily spend an afternoon working your way through the menu, sitting in the sunshine and sipping tea as you watch tourists bumble happily by.
Unless that’s your dear old Dad, who’s wandered off and got lost again. Go and round him up – he won’t want to miss this
The bottom line
Tasty eats that aren’t just for tourists.
THE VEGETARIAN VIEW
For Lebanese food with excellent views, it’s hard to beat Zahr El-Laymoun. The restaurant is on the first floor of Souk Al Bahar, with the Burj Khalifa towering over it and a view of The Dubai Fountain and its shows.
But the real gem is the floating water deck outside, which is the perfect spot for al fresco dining.
Zahr El-Laymoun’s menu is traditional Lebanese – so there are also plenty of meat dishes – and the flavours in our selection of mezze are authentic.
After ordering, our table is soon full of colour as plate after plate arrives.
Labneh is tangy yet cool and refreshing, while the long halloumi cheese rolls feature a light pesto-like mixture of basil and pine nuts.
The hummus is smooth and retains a robust and pleasant chickpea flavour, and we can’t help but take advantage of the frequently free refills of hot bread from attentive staff.
Although it’s a simple dish, we’re also big fans of the batata harra (fried potato cubes served with red chilli, coriander and garlic). It’s spicy and golden without being overwhelming to taste.
In winter, sit outside on the floating deck, but inside the restaurant is charming, too.
It’s a mish-mash of colourful furniture inside a light and airy space, and there’s also a pleasant outdoor terrace with slightly higher-up views.
All in all, if you’re looking for authentic Lebanese food with top Fountain views, Zahr El-Laymoun is worth checking out, especially if you have visitors in town.
WHAT IS IT...
Famous Lebanese restaurant with Dubai Fountain views
Authentic dishes and fresh flavours
By Time Out Dubai staff | 13 Sep 2019