Reem Al Bawadi
Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Chilling out, Design and architecture, People watching
Expert review of Reem Al Bawadi
There are plenty of Lebanese restaurants scattered around town, plenty of them rather hit and miss. Reem Al Bawadi is one that almost always scores a direct hit, as backed up by its continually bustling crowds.
While some of the dishes may venture further afield, it's a mainly Lebanese affair here. This is among the best spots for hummous, fattoush (an Arabian salad), shish tawouk (chicken kebab) and plenty more local(ish) delights. If you're not particularly hungry, head down for a thick Arabian coffee and bubbling shisha, the fruit-laden smells of which hang thick in the air into the wee hours of the morning.
I heartily recommend the fattoush, an amazing Arabian salad that comes with flakes of grilled bread sprinkled on the top and is drizzled in lemon.
It's extremely informal in here and buzzes with noise into the morning. By late evening, it's extremely popular for shisha, and the outdoor terrace area is usually packed full of customers puffing the fruity smoke into the night sky. It's generally busy with locals, so I'd recommend avoiding anything too skimpy clothes-wise (especially on women) as an incident of cultural insensitivity could really ruin your evening.
Truth be told, it's not amazing and you'll often have to wait a while for orders to be taken or bills to arrive. But this is just because the poor waiters are being shouted at from all corners of the room.
Reem Al Bawadi is on Jumeirah Beach Road, the lengthy strip by the beach that links the far end of Jumeirah down to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. It's just over the road from the public beach, but I'd recommend changing from the bikini and speedos before entering.
A meal for two will probably cost around 100-200 dirhams, which will include a decent spread of dishes. A shisha for afterwards costs 50 dirhams. It's worth noting that no alcohol is sold here.
More information on Reem Al Bawadi:
- Price guide:
- Coffee shop, Restaurant
- Middle Eastern
- Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai
- 04 394 7444
- Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Open daily 9am-2.30am
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not necessary