Fellow Foodies: Batul Ali & A. Qadar
(Food tasting Invite)
Thankyou White Label for having us over at Zaroob for a wonderful evening.
If you know me and read my blog consistently, you would know by now that Lebanese/ Arabic food is not really my favourite. But time and again Dubai has challenged this feeling of mine by opening of restaurants like Zaroob.
Ambiance: Their concept is inspired by the street food vendors from Levant. The double story restaurant and quirky interiors will capture your attention while waiting on the food. Zaroob has really comfortable seating arrangements with chairs and sofas and much more.
In the mood some for Koshari? Fateer? Man’oushe? Or just some salad; you are sorted at Zaroob. Head over to their zomato to look at their menu and I’m sure they have it all.
Service: was quick. They got our order in no time and we were actually surprised. But when asked for a bottle of water, they took for 15 minutes which was odd. The place was packed at 8 pm and you could see the servers running up and down the stairs getting orders on time.
Price: Really affordable prices at which you can have some fresh and hot Arabic food.
What I had; (My favourites)
We kind of went over board with the ordering 😛 Who would not; you’re spoilt for choice at Zaroob. They have plenty of meat, chicken and vegetarian options. For anyone who gets upset and whines how Arabic food does not have very many vegetarian options; you need to give Zaroob a try.
Saj O’ Saj (Zaatar and Labneh) [21AED]: Saj bread is a flat round bread baked on an upside down iron wok hot surface. It is baked on a domed or convex metal griddle, known as saj. This bread is very thin and almost see through. We had it filled with some labneh and Zaatar. This was crazy delicious! Very heavy though. I never tried labneh and zaatar together. I love labneh with some chips and zaatar with some lebanese bread. Never really tried them together. I suggest you order for this.
Ps. Make sure you eat it while it is still hot – once it gets cold, its a drag to eat and does not taste all that great.
Hummus [25AED]: Wow, the hummus here was so rich and delicious. I wish I had asked them for some hot bread. There were some complimentary kubus on the table and that is what I had it with. Later, I asked for some fried bread which went so well this. The Hummus is good enough for 3 people. Very filling and very very very delicious. I cannot stop raving about it.
Shawarma (Arabic Wrap Chicken) [28AED]: This came along with some garlic paste and lots of fries and pickles. Let us talk about the fries first. I expected some basic fries off of the frozen section of the supermarket but no! These were delicious! They were so beautifully fried with some kind of seasoning on them. Dipped in the garlic paste – I WAS SHOOOK 😛 The shawarma in itself was very filling and extremely mouth watering. The filling was so flavoursome and when had with the pickled vegetables, I was in love.
Sammoun (chicken and garlic) [19AED]: Now this probably tops the list of things I had that night. Sammoun – street side toasted sandwiches. The chicken and garlic together was so toothsome and juicy. I loved the combination! This sandwich in itself is so filling and just a bite into it; I knew I would not like anything else as much as I liked this.
Lemon and Mint [18AED]: I’m glad I bought this to go with the food I ordered as it was really refreshing and cooling.
Fruitti Juicy [24AED]: Layers of different fruits such as mango, guava and more. This was quite a disappointment. The flavour of guava over powered the whole drink. In addition to that, it was very difficult to take a sip off the juice as the the consistency was very thick and the straw comparatively thin.
Kunafe: Not a fan. At first bite it seemed delicious but when I took the second one, it tasted a bit off. There was hardly any cheese filling and did not taste like an authentic Kunafe that you would get in Dubai.
Fateer (with cream and nutella) [34AED]: I think this bad boy was a little over priced. Yes, I loved it but 34AED seemed a little too much. This one was delicious! My friend did not really like it much but I did. I would skip on the cream though – we chose the combination and it did not taste that great. However, when I separated the cream – the dessert was bomb! Nutella really does wonders 😛
Final thoughts: Zaroob is one of my favourite places now. I do see myself coming here often. A great place to catch up with some family and friends. I suggest them to add a few more exciting desserts to their menu and to have a light hand on adding sugar to the drinks and desserts. Otherwise, I do not see why you guys would not atleast give Zaroob a try. They have a couple of branches here in Dubai and one in Sharjah.
ZAROOB HAS THEIR IFTAR SET MENU AT 68AED FOR THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMADAN. I WILL POST A PICTURE OF IT TOO, INCASE YOU PLAN ON VISITING ZAROOB FOR IFTAR.
not so much; Fruiti Juicy
Call them: 800927662
Reach them: Shop 1, Jumeirah Tower Building, Sheikh Zayad Road, Trade Centre Area, Dubai
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