Eid Mubarak! And what better way to celebrate over the holiday weekend than with some gourmet Middle Eastern cuisine at one of Dubai's top restaurants? From Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian, to Emirati, GCC and Jordanian, we've hunted through the best on offer this Eid and found the best spots to indulge in serious eating with a regional twist. Check out these places below and have a happy Eid Al Fitr!
Aseelah, Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek
The Radisson Blu are presenting fine-diners in Dubai with a double whammy for Eid; they've just opened the doors to their exciting Emirati restaurant that's already receiving a stream of raving reviews, and they're offering up an Eid buffet that goes right across all 9 restaurants and contains over 200 dishes! There's pretty much every kind of food you could possibly imagine, with Arabic classics, European favorites and Japanese delicacies all available. Try and grab a seat in their new joint, Aseelah, that's reinventing the Emirati dining experience by mixing up traditional and authentic Emirati cuisine in an upscale venue. A mixture of old and new can be found across the whole dining experience, from the redefined interior design that combines local architecture with modern art, to the food offering that puts an innovative twist on a pretty traditional cuisine. Camel sliders anyone?
Mazaher, World Trade Centre
Mazaher could potentially be our new favorite place for Lebanese food done properly in Dubai! The food is beyond fantastic thanks to their emphasis on keeping it as real as possible, with pretty much everything on the menu using authentic recipes and presentation. The staple cuisine is Lebanese, but there're also a few other Middle Eastern dishes in there too, just to spice things up. We're particularly partial to the diverse selection of mezze on offer; wholesome, simple and super delicious, they really are an ode to Levantine eating and makes this eatery stand out from the competition. We like the venue too! Divided into three different areas, you can choose to eat in the main dining room that has a classic feel with white clothed tables, the rustic cafe or al fresco on the outdoor terrace.
Mezza House, Downtown
These guys are serious about Middle Eastern cuisine! The menu features a mix of contemporary Arabian and Levantine food, the portions are generous and many claim they have the best hummus in town. The food consists of a mix of the best of traditional dishes from Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan, all created by chef and owner, Nasser Zuhour. From mottabel, baba ganouj and kibbeh, to sambousek, fatayer and batata hara, it's mezza heaven over there! Once you've had your fill of these you can choose from a variety of mains, including our personal favorite, the Mezza mixed grill platter; a delicious selection of succulent and mildly spiced meat and chicken skewers, freshly baked flat bread, french fries and crunchy grilled vegetables. While Mezza House is known for its great outdoor seating and views, the inside of the restaurant is just as atmospheric with turquoise blue walls, Arabesque decor and pleasant greenery.
Siraj, Souk Al Bahar
This place became our home away from home over Ramadan thanks to its combination of gastronomic Middle Eastern cuisine, tasteful Arabic-inspired décor and fantastic vistas of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains. They're big on local culture and tradition here, and they to lengths to embed it in the whole experience, from the sprinkles of rose water and the aroma of freshly baked bread to the authentic Arabic coffee. The menu is a mash-up of culinary delights from across the Levant and GCC region, all of which has been prepared by Executive Chef Ahmed Al Fakir. There are all the usual delicious hot and cold starters, including hummus, baba ghanoush, fattouch, vine leaves and mohammara, followed by traditional mains like ouzi, harees, vegetable salona, grilled seabass and a few other tasty options.