Celebrate Lebanon in Abu Dhabi at these eateries

UAE citizens woke up to good news 8th October: Emiratis can now travel to Lebanon again!  We’ve put together this list of delicious Lebanese eateries to celebrate. 

It’s been great news for the Levantine country this week and for the UAE.

There was the news from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation stating that UAE citizens can visit Lebanon once again.

Then, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon was in the country.

We not be able to just head over to Lebanon just like that, but we can bring it to you via it’s delicious food.

Taste Lebanon (literally) through its rich cuisine at these Lebanese restaurants right here in the capital. You won’t regret it.

Dahab

Located behind Hilton Capital Grand Hotel this lively restaurant serves genuine Lebanese cuisine.

Complementing the colourful  interiors are dishes such as baba ghanouj, an aubergine dip, mixed kebab kofta comprised of chicken and lamb kebab served on a gold platter.

The there are sweets like the halawet el jibneh,  sweet cheese and semolina rolls stuffed with cream and topped with crushed pistachio and sugar syrup.

Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street. Daily noon-3pm. Contact: 02 667 4446, dahababudhabi.com

Abd El Wahab

Lebanese living in the city love this cosy restaurant named after an actual street in Beirut’s Achrafieh district.

The restaurant serves every item you’d expect from an authentic Lebanese eatery.

Think tabbouleh salad, makdous (spicy sesame mixture with baked fish chunks), stuffed vine leaves, chicken liver and grilled specialties including lamb cutlets and mixed skewers.

There’s raw meat too like tebleh and kebbeh nayyeh (mixture of raw meat and wheat), if you’re brave enough!

Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain, Al Maqtaa. Noon-midnight. Contact: 02 558 1616

 Villa Beirut

This stylish restaurant serves a range of traditional Lebanese cuisine.

Villa Beirut started as a small restaurant in 1940 in Beirut. From a staff of four people, the eatery grew and soon expanded its presence here in the UAE.

Start the day right with servings of delicious breakfast such as fattet hummus (crispy bread topped with tahina and chickpeas) and variety of manakeesh.

The cold mezzah includes tajen (hammour fillet mixed with onions) and lentil kebbeh while the main course parades perennial favourites like chicken kebab, lamb chops and kafta khashkhash – There’s much more of course!.

Marina Mall, Ras Al Akhdar. Daily noon-midnight. Contact: 02 558 1616, villabeirut.com

Barouk

Traditional music and Lebanese cuisine are on the menu at this eatery. Soak up the atmosphere to the sounds of live oud music – what a way to set the mood.

Choose from cold and hot mezzeh, raw meat and saj with varied flavours.

The main courses are mouth-watering and include  grilled beef skewers, kebab halabi (minced lamb meat with parsley, onion and pistachio nuts) and cherry kebab (minced lamb meat with special cherry sauce) – Fruity!

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Yas Island. Sat-Wed 6pm-1am, Thu-Fri 6pm-3.30am. Contact: 02 656 3064

Maison Beirut

This place is rather chic and located at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr.

Maison Beirut has gone one step further by highlighting the various influences found in Lebanon – in this case, French, which permeates in Lebanese culture including its food.

Moutabal (smoked eggplant with tahini sesame paste) is a great way to kick off the meal.  

Warak enab, a tasty dish  of vine leaves stuffed with rice and tomato, is one to try.

Heading to the mains, feast on a mixed grill  of shish taouk (chicken), kofta, lamb kebab and lamb chops all served in an elegant gold plated grill.

Top off the meal with gatayef bil jebin or fried Arabic dumplings filled with akkawi cheese and dipped in sugar syrup – a dessert showstopper we say.

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, between the bridges. Fri-Wed noon-1am, Thu noon-3.30am. Contact: 02 654 3238

Al Khabiya

This humble eatery has made a following among the Lebanese here in the capital and  casual foodies.

Serving tasty Lebanese cuisine at affordable prices, the restaurant carries a wide array of easy to eat snacks such as mhamaralabneh and zaatar varieties great for pairing with tea or coffee.

The cosy restaurant is a the perfect venue to share a meal with friends and families. There’s  inside and outside seating areas available too.

Muroor Street, Al Dhafrah, opposite Emirates Discount Market. Daily 8.30am-11.30pm. Contact: 02 445 5520

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