New kid on the block

Time Out Abu Dhabi - - INSIDE -

Da­hab is the lat­est high-end Le­banese restau­rant in town. Is it worth your time and money? You bet­ter be­lieve it.

“You could tell us this was a 10-year vet­eran and we’d be­lieve you”

→ Sat-wed noon-2.30am; Thu-fri noon-3am. Li­censed. Hilton Cap­i­tal Grand Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Mak­toum Street (02 667 4446).

EV­ERY SO OF­TEN, a new venue ar­rives in Abu Dhabi and you in­stantly know it will be a hit.

Step for­ward Da­hab, a Le­banese restau­rant in the Hilton Cap­i­tal Grand and the lat­est ad­di­tion to the cap­i­tal’s

fine din­ing scene.

It takes just a mat­ter of min­utes for this eatery to make a last­ing im­pres­sion on us – and we feel it has all the in­gre­di­ents to be­come a new favourite.

Step in­side a din­ing space drip­ping with old-school el­e­gance, or make your way to the ex­pan­sive out­door ter­race that is sure to be one of 2019’s best sun­downer spots.

At the waiter’s rec­om­men­da­tion, we kick off our meal with the hum­mus ha­l­abi, a sub­tly spiced dip to be en­joyed

with some hot house bread. Mean­while the baba ghanoush makes for a mouth-wa­ter­ing al­ter­na­tive, with a gor­geous blend of aubergine, tahini and le­mon juice mak­ing the per­fect ap­pe­tiser for the main event.

The staff are warm and wel­com­ing with­out be­ing overly fussy – a bug­bear of ours that can put a damp­ener on even the best meals.

Da­hab’s in­te­rior oozes char­ac­ter, with gold frame-adorned walls, lines of stylish din­ing ta­bles and chairs and a stage at the back for reg­u­lar live en­ter­tain­ment nights.

Back to the food, and we get stuck into our mains. First up, we have the de­li­cious beef fil­let, a beau­ti­fully ten­der piece of meat served with grilled veg­eta­bles and some of the most sump­tu­ous pep­per sauce we’ve ever en­coun­tered. Se­ri­ously, this stuff is worth the visit alone.

The farouj Da­hab comes next, and we are thor­oughly im­pressed by the grilled chicken with light spices, served with roasted pep­per, onion and gar­lic paste.

With most new restau­rants, there are of­ten teething prob­lems, an over­sight that needs to be ad­dressed or an ad­just­ment that has to be made. But with Da­hab, we’re strug­gling to find any fault. You could tell us this vi­brant venue is a ten-year vet­eran and we’d be­lieve you.

Great staff, amaz­ing food, gor­geous venue and rea­son­able prices. We can’t wait to see what the new year brings to this ex­cel­lent eatery.

WHAT IS IT... A thor­oughly im­pres­sive new eatery that de­serves your at­ten­tion WHY GO... The pep­per­corn sauce is so good we’re still day­dream­ing about it

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