Restaurant Review: Reem Al Bawadi Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard

In the shadow of Burj Khalifa is Dubai’s third Reem al Bawadi, bustling at all hours and as much about the Arabian social experience as it is dining
Restaurant Review: Reem Al Bawadi Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
“Pore over the extensive menu as backgammon moves are contemplated on nearby tables in a fug of sweet shisha smoke”

Location: Standpoint building, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
Tel: 04 443 9690
Dress code: Casual
Cuisine: Arabic
Times: 6am to 3am, daily
Price range: $$

A whiff of sweet shisha leaves the approaching nose in no doubt about the pedigree of this Downtown eatery. Pull up a monogrammed mahogany chair beneath ostentatious chandeliers after sunset and pore over the extensive menu, as fellow diners contemplate backgammon moves. For visitors needing convincing of the merits of Arabic food, Reem Al Bawadi is an ideal introduction that’s sure to win them over.

We began by dipping plump spinach fatayers into hummus Beiruti (kicked up a notch with chopped parsley and lime juice instead of lemon). The perky fattoush was happily spared the vinegar drowning that can let the salad down. For mains, the chicken mixed grill produced highlights of garlicky kebabs and shish taouk, while the juicy hammour was afforded some crunch by the deliciously piquant almond crust, while the accompanying veggies remained refreshingly al dente. The kunafeh (white cheese, topped with flaky dough and pistachios) sweetly concluded a meal that provides a delicious reminder of just where you are in the world.

On the Menu
Hummus Beiruti, Dhs22
Fattoush, Dhs20

RAB chicken mixed grill, Dhs65
Hammour in almond sauce, Dhs63

Kunafeh, Dhs20
Umm Ali, Dhs19