Zaroob – Dubai Marina
When you’ve had enough of the western fast food, it’s time to take a bite like the Arabs do!
Arabic for the alley- Zaroob – Dubai Marina promises quintessential Arabic street food from around the Arabic-speaking world. A colorful blend of bourgeois Arab aesthetic mixed with the street culture of the yonder, Zaroob sets the records straight by being the purveyors of authentic Levant street fares.
Located at Dubai Marina, just a few minutes’ walk away from the Metro Station, Zaroob is perfectly punctuated at the corner amidst the towering high-rises of Marina. As soon as you enter the restaurant you’re instantly transported to the animated world of bustling streets of Arabia. But unlike the clatter of the street, you are welcomed by the sights and sounds of the old Arabian lure – Umm Kulthum serenading with her mesmerizing and powerful vocals in the background, a deluge of colorful and locally inspired graffiti and a convivial atmosphere that is typical of the Arabia…
The décor is reminiscent of the street charms of Arabia. Small wooden chairs with colorful tables, sharing accents of keffiyeh (Arabic scarf), iridescent bulbs hanging flamboyantly and walls decorated with grocery goods, vintage movie posters and spray painted walls, it couldn’t get more vibrant than this.
Since the eatery offers street food, the menu overflows with Arabic favorites such as Shawarma, Manakish, Fatteh, Saj, Falafel and Hummus. As we were there to review the place, we ordered a handful of a number of dishes to get to know the real taste and the flavors it offers. Our first choice to try was naturally Hummus. Hummus is the typical Arabic food dip made with chickpeas and tahini. The plate came with the usual glaze of the olive oil on top, it tasted slightly tangy yet creamy as hummus should be. Next we tried Fatteh (made with yogurt, toasted bread and chunks of meat) the dish was made to perfection, with the right consistency of yogurt sauce, the chunks of meat and bread created the right blend of taste and the dash of pine nuts on top added the right amount of crunch to the dish. The result was delicious!
Next, we tried Halloumi and vegetable Ka’ak (Ka’ak is sweet flatbread topped with sesame seeds and stuffed with your choice of toppings). We loved the nutty flavor of the bread itself, it had a subtle crunchy taste perfect for a quick nibble. We also tried the Shawarma plates, for no visit to an Arabic street food joint is complete without a bite of their shawarma… With chunks of meat, garlic sauce, French fries and pickles the Shawarma tasted nice and the serving was ample, but if you like your shawarma slightly juicier than instead of a plate we recommend that you go for the individual serving.
To top the whole experience with more freshness, the juice section offered a variety of fresh juices, some of them mixed with chunky bits of fruits to make it even more appealing. It wouldn’t be fair to not taste any sweet before leaving the restaurant, so we ordered the old favorite Konafa (a Middle Eastern cheese pastry soaked in sugar syrup). It won’t be justified to explain the taste of the sweet in a few sentences, but the picture below says a thousand word. The Konafa was simply delicious! And gets all thumbs up from us!
Inspired by the traditional street food around the Levant area, serving wholesome, scrumptious and fresh food, Zaroob exudes the charms of Arabia. Perfect for breakfast and late dinner especially during the weekends, Zaroob is open 24hours to satisfy binging that can occur anytime…
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