Al Hallab Restaurant

In Eating out on June 19, 2010 at 00:39

Al Hallab first opened their doors in Dubai in 2002 but they have been around since 1881, first as purveyors and manufacturers traditional Lebanese sweets and later in 1987 they started serving traditional Lebanese Cuisine and they have never looked back since.

This is one of my favorite places for traditional Lebanese food as they have yet to disappoint me thus far. The meal starts with the freshly baked bread that has dusted with hints of cinnamon, a world apart compared to the factory made limp pre-packaged pita bread that you would get in many other restaurant.

Our starter was Hommos with Shawarma or simply chickpea mash and Tahina with lamb. Tahina is a thick paste made from ground sesame seeds. Shawarma is the meat that has been grilled, the lamb, goat, chicken, turkey, beef, or a mixture thereof is placed on a spit, and may be grilled for as long as a day. This is not a dish that you will like on your 1st try but I guess it is an acquired taste and I’m starting to grow to like it.

Our main course was the Full Mixed Grill and it consists of Kabab, Chicken Kabab, Masbaha, Lamb Kabab, Shish Tawouk, Lamb Chops. The lamb chops were the star of the show as they were tasty, juicy, flavourful without that hateful gamey smell that is usually associated with lamb or mutton! The chicken and beef kababs were nice but the lamb kabab was a totally disappointment with that horrible gamey taste that was too much for me.

With all that has been said, Al Hallab is still the place to be when the hunger pangs strike while I’m shopping in MOE. The portion of food served is always generous and I almost always have loads to share. Our dinner for 2 with drinks cost only 89AED or SGD$35.

Mall of the Emirates

2nd Floor next to CineStar
Al Barsha, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 341 1880

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