Shawerma & Falafels @ Al Mallah, Satwa

Al Mallah at Satwa has a deep rooted history with Dubai residents. Kids who have grown up here still have fond memories of late night trips for a Falafel sandwich or shewarma here. It is a stop where people park in their cars & just honk for their orders to be delivered in their car. It is a place where they have dinner once they are done partying.

We were in that zone where our evening snacks were too late (8pm) & hence we weren’t in the mood for a full fledged dinner. Al Mallah seemed the right place to try out at this time.

Ambiance: Al Mallah is literally located on the sidewalk. The outdoor seating with the green umbrellas just speaks of the old place charm.

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Even the tissue box hasn’t changed from the old days.

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The Manakeesh Oven is also out in the open giving a delightful view of the Manakeesh actually fluffing up & cheese melting over it.

 

The Shewarmas are being assembled in front of you.

Falafels being fried up also

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Chicken on the Machine is being slow grilled making it so difficult to resist the temptation & avoid not ordering it.

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It is a great interpretation of the open kitchen concept.

Service: The Service was amazing from the word Go. When the server asked us ” How many people ?” & I replied ” Two and a Half” pointing to the Little Critic, he burst out laughing setting the tone for a wonderful service experience. Table was readied, baby Chair was arranged, Food was served quickly & the Owner also joined in to interact with us. Superb!

Food:

We were served the tahini dip, a platter of salad, pickles & bread just after confirming our order.

The Salad, especially the gerger leaves was super fresh & the tahini dip correct consistency. Given the pampering of being served Fresh Hot Bread in other Lebanese restaurants, the letdown here was the pre-packed Arabic bread which was cold & hence avoided.

Watermelon Juice: Very fresh, right amount of sweetness & great taste. Went in for a repeat of this.

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Chicken & Mexican Chicken Shewarma: Having heard a lot of praise for the Shewarmas at Al Mallah, the actual experience was a downer.

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Especially the Mexican Shewarma, where the meat unlike other places wasn’t spiced on its own but a dash of hot sauce added.

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The Chicken Shewarma also didn’t measure up to the tag of being one of the best in Dubai. I have had better.

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Falafels: The Falafels came in with another set of their high expectations , having seen them being fried in person. But, they were too large & hence too dense. The exterior was crunchy but the inner filling became too heavy.

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Pricing: 55 Dhs for the overall “snacking” experience which is very reasonable priced.

Final Verdict: I respect the heritage associated with the place & the great setting & service, but in terms of food, it didn’t measure up to the other Shewarma/ falafel joints.

 

Al Mallah Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

2 thoughts on “Shawerma & Falafels @ Al Mallah, Satwa

  1. On these matters, i would unfortunately only trust somone who has been been eating falafales since their childhood (home made not only eat and drink) therefore not an indian fellow. sorry buddy

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