Almayass – Lebanese Armenian Restaurant
Almayass, the Lebanese-Armenian restaurant has finally opened its doors in Dubai at Sofitel, Downtown Dubai.
Founded by an Armenian family in Beirut in 1996, an old, characterful villa was lovingly restored and adapted, bringing to life the first branch of the Lebanese-Armenian restaurant. Fast forward to 2017, Almayass has branches in Kuwait, Riyadh, Jeddah, New York, Doha and Abu Dhabi and now in Dubai.
The family’s philosophy towards life in general and their close relationship with one another helped in setting the cornerstones of uncompromising guest service and follow up. Evidence of their Armenian roots is ever-present, from the warm, exotic spices that they have fused with Lebanese cuisine, to the vibrant colors and decorative fixtures throughout the restaurant.
Founder of Almayass, Shant Alexandrian, shared with us his delight in the opening in Dubai. “The success of Almayass internationally and of course in nearby Abu Dhabi has highlighted the obvious need for a branch here in Dubai, where there has been great interest and demand for a presence. A restaurant such as this has enormous potential to fill a very obvious gap in the Dubai market. We know there is a niche for authentic Lebanese-Armenian cuisine and clients who have visited our branches abroad have been clamoring for their own spot, here in the city.”
The Almayass philosophy is to provide an unbeatable Lebanese-Armenian dining experience of the absolute highest quality, traditional but with the unmistakable twist of the brilliant team in the kitchen. Hot and cold mezze, a plethora of vegetarian options, tiny, oven-baked mantee, a labor intensive four-cheese soubereg, beef kebabs with a stunningly good sour cherry sauce and basterma (think pastrami) with quail’s eggs served on toast are but a few of the treats in store from the extensive menu.
A showcase of the excellence of Lebanese-Armenian cuisine tastes familiar or new, all presented with the core values of the founding family: premium cuisine, attention to detail, authenticity and matchless customer service
Fully licensed and with capacity for 170 covers, this is a foodie adventure not to be missed.