Eat Like You’re Family at Mezza Lebanese Kitchen in Dubai
Awarded “Best Shawarma in Dubai” by Lovin’ Dubai (www.lovindubai.com) Mezza Lebanese Kitchen is located in Business Bay at Kitchen Nation, a unique food and beverage platform for budding food preneurs. The CEO and Owner of Mezza Lebanese Kitchen—Laura Nahas, has Lebanese gastronomy in her genes with her family owning 10 branches of the brand in Canada and 10 more to be launched in 2019. In the UAE; there two branches; in JLT and one in Business Bay.
Nothing here is out of a can or a box—the falafel are made fresh in house, even the pickles, the sauces, and the pastes are freshly made. Laura, the brains behind the eatery personally ensures quality assurance in the food and service—imbibing their motto to “eat like you’re family”.
We tucked into the cold mezze to start with my favourites like humus, moutabel, tabbouleh, and fattoush. Every single dish was packed with flavour, fresh and very different than the typical dishes; for example, the tabbouleh did not have the characteristic bulgur wheat in it. The Baba Ganoush was also authentic and had lots of freshness in the flavors of eggplant and lemon. We also indulged in my all-time favorite—stuffed vine leaves which were mellow in flavor without being tart.
Our hot mezze was a medley of dishes we had eaten many times before, but these were on a different level altogether. We tucked into meat sambusak and cheese sambusak—a blend of halloumi, akawi, and mozzarella cheeses, and the potatoharira—deep fried cuts of potato, then pan-fried with garlic, coriander, and lemon juice. The falafel was the best we have tried (and we have tried many!) as they were made completelyfromscratch—crispy on the outside and soft on the inside with mild, fresh flavors throughout. And though I am not a fan of shawarma, the shawarma here was more like a fresh roll of chicken, sauces, and accompaniments—and was very different to the typical shawarmas’ served in other places.
Mains were the grilled boneless chicken platter, complete with homemade garlic sauce and fries, but not just any fries, spicy fries which were lightly sprinkled with a secret, in-house spice mix. And we indulged in the Sheesh Tawook platter is always a hit with us, with chunks of succulent lamb, kefteh, and kebobs—all moreish and fresh in flavors.
The Verdict: This place ticks every box for delicious, yet affordable Lebanese food you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else. If you love Lebanese food, then Mezza Lebanese Kitchen is a must-try.