Be­ba­bel

→ Open daily 10am-12.30am. Un­li­censed. The Dubai Mall, Down­town Dubai (04 419 0950).

Time Out Dubai - - FOOD -

IF YOU THINK you won’t find bril­liant food in a shop­ping mall, you’ve not been in Dubai long enough. Or, pos­si­bly, at all.

A word to the un­en­light­ened – there’s an abun­dance of it. And this new ar­rival at The Dubai Mall’s mind-bog­glingly enor­mous (and ex­tremely culi­nar­ily com­pet­i­tive) Fash­ion Av­enue ex­pan­sion only bol­sters the trend.

From the team be­hind Ba­bel, the su­perb seafood restau­rant in Beirut’s Zaitu­nay Bay (of which there is now a branch in Dubai’s La Mer), comes Be­ba­bel.

Some­thing of a Ba­bel-lite, this is a more ca­sual out­fit, though still chic inside and out.

It’s ab­so­lutely fit­ting for shuf­fling into for a fraz­zled re­fuel once your credit card is as weary as your feet, and comes with­out Ba­bel’s fo­cus on seafood. (This one is also un­li­censed.)

Take a seat – if you can get one – on the out­door bal­cony for prime views of The Dubai Foun­tain and the shuf­fling, gaw­ping masses, glow­ing smart­phones aloft for a snap of the Burj Khal­ifa.

Ser­vice isn’t ex­actly charm­ing – but at least the food makes up for it. In spades.

Beau­ti­ful fresh sal­ads, in­clud­ing a par­tic­u­larly zingy fat­toush, tangy stuffed vine leaves, crunchy flat­breads topped with meat or cheese (or both, or nei­ther), and sub­lime grills. Flame-cooked meats ooze with juices, each mari­nade singing with clas­sic, warm­ing Mid­dle Eastern spices.

An­drea Bo­celli might be telling you it’s Time to Say Good­bye over the spray of the Foun­tain, but you won’t share the sen­ti­ment here.

Try it now.

WHAT IS IT... Fresh, tasty Le­banese food straight from Beirut

WHY GO... For a Le­van­tine feast over­look­ing The Dubai Foun­tain

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