Restaurant Review: Massaad Farm-to-Table
Eating local isn’t the easiest thing to do in a country that flies-in produce from across the globe, so Massaad is a welcome addition to Dubai’s casual dining scene. Started by a father-son duo who were passionate about using homegrown products from local farms, Massaad bucks the trend of imported food from transplanted brands. The menu is traditional Lebanese so they’re not reinventing the wheel, they’re simply delivering the classics with a much better foundation in terms of produce. The first plate we tasted was the chicken shish taouk sandwich made from poultry sourced fresh daily – nothing frozen, nothing battery farmed. The result is soft, succulent meat encased in freshly baked Arabic bread, dotted with sesame seeds, and lathered with a generous amount of garlic paste. Again you taste the quality of the meat with the lamb chops, which are simply grilled and tender even once they’ve cooled. The Arabic bread that accompanies all the dishes is nicely chewy, not papery and dry, and the ideal vessel for scooping up the creamy hummus. When it comes to the dips, I’d suggest asking them to hold the olive oil – or the pomegranate syrup in the case of the baba ghanoush – as it’s applied a bit too generously.
Unless you’re opting for a whole chicken or meat by the kilogram, all the barbeque platters are under Dhs50 – another bonus of cutting air fares and shipping costs.
If you want to feel like you’re doing more than just feeding yourself, but rather nourishing the promotion of homegrown produce and brands, Massaad will leave you doubly satisfied.
INFO: 11.30am-2am, Sun-Wed, 11.30am-4am, Thu-Sat, JBR The Walk, Dubai, 04 362 9002