Al Mashawai Al Halabya, also known as Aleppo Grills, is well known for serving authentic Syrian cuisine, in addition to other Middle Eastern cuisines. They have two branches, one in Sharjah and the other in Al Garhoud, Dubai. I visited the Dubai branch alongwith my family for lunch one Saturday afternoon.
Al Mashawi Al Halabya Restaurant & Café, Dubai is a very spacious outlet spread across two floors and separated into smoking and non-smoking areas. There is a special area for families where kids are allowed. Shisha is served in the smoking areas and there is live musical performance in the evenings on Thursdays and Fridays.
They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with takeaway and delivery options. Valet parking is available at the rear side.
Once seated, we were almost immediately served a complimentary welcome platter of freshly baked Arabic bread with Muhammara and Labneh. Very soon, our appetizers and mains made their appearance.
For appetizers we had Cold and Hot Mezze – Fattoush, Hummus, Mutabel, Muhammara Halapiya, Fried Kibbeh and Batata Harra. I loved each and every one of these, they were prepared to perfection and tasted delicious. My favourite from the starters was Muhammara Halapiya, an absolutely lipsmacking blend of walnuts and capsicum molasses. The Fried Kibbeh was crispy on the outside and the meat filling was tender and juicy. The Levantine salad, Fattoush, was pretty to look at and refreshing to delve into. Hummus and Mutabel were creamy and flavourful. Batata Harra (Spiced Potatoes) were cooked to perfection.
Mains were a plate of Mixed Grills and Majua. I was trying Majua for the first time and I found it to be really good. It’s basically meat stuffed with Halloumi cheese, mushrooms, various capsicums and pistachios. Dip in garlic paste and it becomes even more delicious. this was also served with French Fries, salad and grilled tomatoes, onions and pepper.
The Mixed Grill platter consisted of Meat skewers, Chicken skewers and Meat tikka served on a bed of grilled vegetables, salad, French fries and kubz. I found the meat to be tender and flavourful without that odd meaty taste which is sometimes found in other places. I was told that they use only Al Naimi Lamb which is known for its distinctive high-quality taste and it is grown in the UAE. Now I know why the meat here tastes fresh and amazing.
To end this scrumptious meal, we had Cheese Halawa,a dessert that has its origins in Syria. This delectable dessert is made from rolls of soft, sweet semolina and cheesedough that is stuffed with cream and topped with powdered pistachios. A drizzle of syrup flavored with rose water put the seal of perfection and I was in love with this simple looking Arabic dessert!! If you haven’t tried this, then you’re definitely missing out!! It’s so soft that it melts in your mouth and is perfectly balanced in terms of sweetness.
Followed this with a cup of hot lemon tea and we were good to go.
A huge shoutout and thanks to Mr. Ahmad Zaghloul and his whole team for their wonderful service and hospitality. The prices are reasonable, and service is quick. Cannot wait to be back again and try their other specialities.
Website : https://aleppo-grills.com/
Contact : 04-2226660
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