I have had 2 previous run ins with Reem Al Bawadi & they were to say the least, not too spectacular. The Ramadan spread at the Downtown branch was good but the Service at the Marina one was disappointing. So, when a friend insisted on Reem Al Bawadi because he wanted a good Arabic restaurant in Jumeirah serving Shisha, hesitantly we headed to Reem Al Bawadi in Jumeirah 3.
The restaurant is located on Jumeirah beach road & has a huge expansive seating area inside. But, with the weather gods smiling on Dubai for an extended period this year, we preferred the outdoor seating.
The giant lamps & the maroon red upholstery inside give the quintessential Arabic touch to the place.
Shisha smokers can enjoy better outside with the Live singer humming Arabic songs.
The Service was a bit pushy . We wanted to order the Mezze & then gauge our capacity to Order for the Mains. But, our waiter insisted on us ordering it at the start as it will take some time & reluctantly we ordered, regretting at the end at the wastage in front of us. Also, he kept us selling the idea of a Kibbeh platter which we went on his recommendation & cost us a whooping 125 Dirhams! Yes, 125 Dhs for a Kibbeh Platter, which we realized when the bill came in. I admit it was our mistake to not check on the price but as with the Mains, this platter was left half wasted on our table.
We went ahead with our regular Cold Mezze: Hummus, Babaganoush, Moutabal, Tabbouleh & Fattoush, the Kibbeh Platter on the side.
The Tabbouleh & Hummus were spot on with their flavours.
However, the eggplant in the Moutabal & Babaganoush was very chunky & gave a weird texture to them both.
The Fattoush didn’t look fresh enough & the dressing didn’t liven up the dish.
Regarding the Kibbeh Platter, the Fried Calamari was good, ditto for the Mozzarella sticks & Cheese Sambousak.
The Pomegranate Juice was equal part sour & equal part sweet. The Watermelon Juice on the money as well.
For the Mains, we had ordered a Mixed Grill platter for Two, which we shared amongst 3 of us.
It contained Lamb Arayes (excellent with the softness of the meat & non chewy bread around it), the Shish Tawook (Good but not great), the Lamb Chops ( I would have liked the meat to be cooked better) & the Kabab Kafta/Halabi ( Tender meat skewers).
We rounded up our meal with a round of Moroccan Mint tea which was very soothing & fresh.
The Meal for 3 costed us 660 Dhs (Including 1 Shisha) which is I must admit Very Pricey for the food & service.
Regarding my Final Verdict, there are flavour & price wise umpteen better places in Dubai for Lebanese/ Arabic food. Sadly, Reem al Bawadi isn’t one of them.