Levant street food at Zaroob, The Palm Jumeirah

Dear Diary,

I’ve been to Zaroob thrice in the last two weeks after recently eating at the Palm Jumeirah branch for the very first time. No wonder this place is so popular. They serve simple, affordable food in a casual setting. Their tagline is Levant Street Eatery and you get dishes from all over the region including many familiar dishes like falafel, hummous and manoushe, plus others I’m less familiar with such as fateer, kaak and sammoun.

If, like my former self, you’ve never been to Zaroob, you’re missing out. You can get a full spread of food to feed four for around AED 200.

Full spread at Zaroob Golden Mile Palm Jumeirah Dubai

Their flagship 24-hour branch is on Sheikh Zayed Road and they have outlets popping up all over Dubai (one branch recently opened in Sharjah, there’s another at the Golden Mile Palm Jumeirah, and another opening soon in Dubai Marina).

On this occasion, we visited for a late breakfast and started with a pomegranate juice and a lemon and mint.

Fresh juices at Zaroob Golden Mile Palm Jumeirah Dubai

The halloumi salad was relatively basic.

Halloumi salad at Zaroob Golden Mile Palm Jumeirah Dubai

I loved the simplicity of this flat labneh manoushe.

Labneh manoushe at Zaroob Golden Mile Palm Jumeirah Dubai

But my number one favourite dish was the fatteh hummous. I’d never before understood the appeal of fatteh – I mean come on, pieces of bread, chickpeas and yogurt? This is the ultimate Arabic comfort food. Zaroob’s version has pieces of fried pita bread (the kind normally found on a fattoush), chickpeas, and a warm garlicky yogurt. Sprinkled with pinenuts and a lashing of olive oil. Best eaten with a big spoon.

Fatteh hummous at Zaroob Golden Mile Palm Jumeirah Dubai

The Egyptian fateer is very similar to the rotee sold by street vendors in Thailand (but with different fillings). This one was filled with soujuk sausage and a stretchy cheese.

Fateer with soujuk and cheese at Zaroob Golden Mile Palm Jumeirah Dubai

My least favourite dish was this rather bland dish of beef and tomatoes. At least it gave me my daily dose of lycopene.

Tomatoes and beef at Zaroob Golden Mile Palm Jumeirah Dubai

Verdict: Cheap and cheerful, casual ambience, yummy food.
Note to self: For the best experience, balance your order – not too bready, not too creamy. On my second visit, a manoushe, saj and kaak was too much bread for me. Hummous and fatteh hummous together too creamy. The above balance was just right.

Golden Mile
Palm Jumeirah
Tel: 04 551 3883

Chow for now!

xx foodie

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