For many, it can be difficult to find delicious yet healthy cuisine – well, at least that's the case if you're yet to discover Lebanese food. Here we've listed three of the best Levantine restaurants in all of Dubai for you to peruse and try.
1. Hala Lebanese Organic, WTC
With dishes combining and celebrating both traditional and contemporary Lebanese food, Hala Lebanese Organic is the perfect place to try something new. Regardless of what you order, you can guarantee the recipe will only use organic, healthy ingredients and taste completely different to anything you've ever tried before due to the unique blend of spices. In fact, Hala are so confident that you'll love their food that they also have a retail section packed with organic, home-grown, locally prepared products from jams to olive oil.
If you're unsure of what to order though, we wouldn't blame you as there's so much to choose from. Our favourite is probably the Hala Grilled Platter, which we've written about in the past. This dish combines the best parts of Levantine cuisine: cuts of meat, marinated slices and zingy marinades. The Hala Grilled Platter is beautiful to look at and absolutely delicious, with kafta, tawook chicken and lamb chops.
Where: Hala Lebanese Organic, World Trade Center
2. Zahr El-Laymoun, Souk Al Bahar
Behind the aromatic, authentic dishes served at Zahr El-Laymoun are owners with Lebanese ancestries dating back centuries. Those very ancestors relied on nature and Mother Earth to supply them with the ingredients they needed to feed their families. Once the ingredients were located and gathered, they were prepared, cooked and served to hungry mouths that couldn't wait to taste what Mother Nature had created.
Now, Zahr El-Laymoun continues to recreate this experience within Dubai all while paying homage to the beauty of nature. Their menu is testament to this, with plenty for customers to choose from. At breakfast, you'll be treat to manakish zaatar or manakish akawi kashkawan, though we wouldn't blame you if you went for one of the many cold or hot mezze. At dinner, you can choose from grills, salads, kebbeh, potato dishes, sandwiches or sandwich platters, all followed by a delicious dessert or two.
Where: Zahr El-Laymoun, Souk Al Bahar
3. Filful, Al Wasl
For those craving authentic flavours inspired by centuries of Levantine traditions, you'll find it right here on the streets of Dubai at Filful. Plus, you'll be able to experience the food of Beirut whenever you please as Filful is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You see, the owners and chefs there simply want to recreate the sense of community that comes with Lebanese food, sharing shawarma, foul wa hummus, manakeesh bi zaatar and more with locals who happen to stroll past.
So, what should choose to order at Filful? Popular choices include the hummus meat and pine nuts cold mezza, comprising of chickpeas, lemon juice, beef cubes and pine nuts. Another great option is ras asfour, which is made up of warm tenderloin slices, lemon, garlic and luscious sun-dried tomatoes. For anyone who loves barbeque, there are even more options including arayes kafta, taouk and shawarma chicken.
Where: Filful, Al Wasl
Of course, there are many more Lebanese restaurants scattered throughout Dubai, so don't hesitate to take a look on Deliveroo to see the full range of yummy treats we can get for you.