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Al Nafoorah, Dubai

Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Sheikh Zayed Road
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4319 8088's insider take:

Al Nafoorah is another regular haunt of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad, who loves its authentic Lebanese food (and doesn't seem to mind the dark, slightly dingy interior). Use the constantly replenished baskets of hot pita to scoop up creamy, olive oil–topped hummus, moutabel (a spicy eggplant dip), and traditional fattoush, a slightly sour mixed salad with crunchy croutons and a local pomegranate-seed dressing. Steak tartare fans should try the local variation, kibbeh nafoorah, made of bright-pink raw minced lamb. They also serve delicious, crispy falafel accompanied with a smooth tahini sauce, as well as fried kibbeh, parcels of minced meat, seasoning, and pine nuts. The mixed grill is a carnivore's dream, with pieces of char-grilled lamb, shish taouk (chicken), and minced kebabs.

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