National day celebrations happening everywhere. I thought this year I must watch firecrackers happening at Burj Al arab. We planned to have our dinner from one of the restaurants lined up on Jumeirah beach road on our way. So here I am driving, enjoying the lovely weather along with the national day celebrations. We wanted to eat arabic that day and decided to eat from Lebaneesh(closer to Jumeirah Beach Hotel). By the name I could tell it was Arabic and fortunately there was one free parking spot just next to the restaurant.
The interiors of this restaurant was very inviting. Colorful, young and vibrant. Seat covers had different colors on them. Wooden art walls. They probably were using the same colors found in the latest IOS 7. Even the baby chair was different from what you’d expect. As soon as I noticed the hot furnace, I got tuned for dinner 😀
To begin with we ordered some fresh juices(Dhs 14):
3. Mint and Lemon
My favorite was mint and lemon among them.
For appetizers we had Hummous with meat:
HUMOUS – 16 AED
Classic ground chickpea puree mixed with tahini,extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice
Add toasted pine nuts – 3 AED
Add tender pieces of subtly sesoned meat – 6 AED
This was the best part of my dinner. Infact I think I could have just had this for my dinner. It was excellent. I just wished I had tried their LEBANEESH LABNEH(Traditional cream cheese with roasted bell peppers, caramelized onions and dried mint) as well.
To my luck Fadi(Managing Director of Labneesh) was present at the restaurant. So he gave some insight about his views on lebaneesh. He wants to be serving only quality food with true ingredients in it. He doesn’t compromise quality on price. He is a pure vegan and is planning to introduce more vegan options in the upcoming menu. He tries to keep himself fit by living a healthy lifestyle and wants to be serving food for his customers as if they were served for him.
Some of the hot selling items are their sandwiches like the chicken shawarma as well as FALAFEL sandwiches. When it comes to meat they try their best to remove all kinds of fat in it. So the chicken that get’s served to you at lebaneesh is 0% fat. They trim all that unhealthy fat for you.
If you are falafel freak then you should love this sandwich. It is loaded with all sorts of pickles and vegetables that makes this falafel sandwich special. Normally if you try to order falafel sandwich they tend to boring and soggy after a bit. This one stood fresh. The reason why i know this is my son didn’t finish his falafel sandwich so we took the remaining home and it was still tasting fresh and great to eat.
Also noticed their sandwiches were quite big. Feels great when you hold it and can fill you up easily.
Their signature lebaneesh steak sandwich was awesome. Infact me and my wife were bidding more for that one steak sandwich on our table. It was delicious, no doubt. Fadi was making a point to me here that other restaurants might serve you a tenderloin with fat and they add that fat weight of gm to your bill but they don’t do that here even though it would cost them a little bit more. They want to do justice to their customers so they try to cook their meat to be more fun and less harm.
My children enjoyed Lahme B3ajeen the most. I guess the pictures speak for itself.
More details on their website: http://www.lebaneesh.com/
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