Abd El Wahab

Excellent Lebanese appetisers and mezze in Souk Qaryat Al Beri
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Time Out Says

We visited this restaurant on a weekday evening and found it brimming with guests. The host found us a table near the shisha smokers, with a great view of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and presented us with the menus. Being in a city where there are so many Lebanese eateries, any venue that wants to stand on par or above the competition has to offer a comprehensive choice, executed properly. We quickly noted that the menu was not overflowing with the options that some other venues have, yet seemed to have the right elements that one would expect from a Lebanese restaurant.

While waiting for our food to arrive, the waiter brought out a plate of black olives and a basket of hot bread. The olives were great; one of the rare places that served decent olives that weren’t too salty or dry. The bread was delicious and we had to consciously stop going at it before the appetisers arrived. The mood was pleasant and the staff were friendly.

Not long after, our appetisers arrived and were quickly laid out between us on the table. The eggplant salad was fresh and packed with flavour; with clumps of aubergine, onions, parsley and just the right amount of olive oil. The cuts of basterma (air dried beef) were also excellent. We asked for the fattoush salad with toasted bread as opposed to fried, and while the salad was good, it paled in comparison to the other appetisers we ordered.

We also ordered hummus fatteh, served in a little hot clay pot. This dish was superb, with crunchy bits of fried bread and chickpeas in warm yogurt; a particularly soothing dish. The portions of the appetisers were reasonable and great for sharing without being unnecessarily large.

For our mains we settled on lamb cutlets and shish taouk, which are skewers of white chicken meat marinated in garlic and lemon and grilled. The lamb was a little disappointing in comparison to the appetisers. The spices were overwhelming and did not marry well with the meat. The chicken marinade on the other hand was excellent; however the chicken meat itself a little stringy. Nevertheless, we thoroughly enjoyed the chicken with the garlic dipping sauce and would certainly order it again.

We were far too full to try any of the desserts and asked for the bill. Overall, we found that this venue has excellent value for the culinary experience you get. We would recommend enjoying a meal with many appetisers and hot and cold mezze, because they are made well and with fresh ingredients. Perhaps you have to be a bit careful when choosing a main, yet the large amount of clients and orders attest to the consistent quality that the kitchen serves up.

The bill (for two)
Fattoush salad Dhs24
Shanklish Dhs26
Basterma Dhs35
Raheb salad Dhs24
Hummus fatteh Dhs28
Shish taouk Dhs48
Lamb cutlets Dhs68
Total (excluding service) Dhs253

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff  | 26 Mar 2013

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12:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Sunday: 12:30 AM to 11:30 PMMonday: 12:30 AM to 11:30 PMTuesday: 12:30 AM to 11:30 PMWednesday: 12:30 AM to 11:30 PMThursday: 12:30 AM to 11:30 PMSaturday: 12:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Show number 04 432 5772
Abu Dhabi, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
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