Zaroob has become one of the premier Arab eateries in Dubai with branches across the city – but have you ever considered giving them a shot for breakfast? My dining partners and I headed to their Palm Jumeirah Golden Mile Galleria branch for a hearty, self-paid meal.
Ambiance: It doesn’t match up to the lively, street-inspired kitschy vibe of the original Sheikh Zayed Road branch but the lighting, gathra lanterns and metal walls do lighten up the surroundings. The outdoor area included a generous use of wood and canopies which complemented the serene surroundings of the Galleria. Most of their chairs were quite uncomfortable to sit for an hour, though, and do need a redesign.
What we had: We dived right into the main course by ordering the Lebanese Foul (fava beans) Jar (22 AED), Foul with Tahini (22 AED) and Chakchouka (25 AED).I loved the curved metal jar the fava beans came in – it added an extra touch of authenticity to the dish and took me back to my time in the streets of bustling Cairo. The Foul Jar tasted just as authentic and fresh too with the fava beans being cooked to perfection. The Foul with Tahini tasted just as good with the tahini (sesame seed paste) adding quite a zing to our palette. The Chakchouka (scrambled eggs with tomato paste) was a letdown though, as the eggs were overcooked giving the dish a gooey texture which was completely unappetizing.
For drinks, we ordered their Karak Tea (14 AED) and paired off their Fruit Cocktail (28 AED). While the Fruit Cocktail, with its layers of strawberry, guava and mango juice tasted perfectly fresh and is definitely one of the best you can get in Dubai, the Karak Tea completely missed the mark – it was not strong, undercooked and the milk and tea weren’t really mixed properly. I’ve honestly had 1 AED Karak Teas from rundown cafetarias that have tasted miles better.
Never ones to miss out on dessert, we also ordered a Nutella Kaak (crispy Arabic bread topped with Nutella and chopped bananas – 30 AED) – while you can never go wrong with chopped bananas and nutella, the crispy texture of the kaak didn’t work well with the entire combination. The Kraft with Honey Fateer (Arabic crepe with kraft spread and honey filling -34 AED) is a much better and enticingly sweet option as the soft texture of the fateer (bread) dough goes perfectly with the sugary and creamy filling.
Highs: Ambient outdoor seating, a few great-tasting mains and drinks
Lows: Taste is not uniformly consistent with every dish – always stick to the more popular options
Verdict: Zaroob has deservedly earned its crown as one of Dubai’s premier Arab eateries and it’s Palm Jumeirah branch carries on its legacy – skip a few options on the menu and you’ll surely have a great and authentic experience!
^For reservations or orders, you can call Zaroob at 04 5513883 or 800927662