User Reviews for Al Shami Restaurant
Al Shami for the non Arabic diner is a great place to soak taste buds in. Their grilled selection offers best value for your money. One whole machine grilled chicken takes your hunger pangs away in an instant.
Just by its aroma alone, you'll be taken to another place. Comes with a bed of fries, garlic mayo, hot and spicy dip, a plateful of fresh greens, plus the hot arabic bread they serve upon demand, is the best.
What's great about it is, you can share. You could go back in there to have experience done over and over again.
Awesome food, great service, uniquely Al Shami!
Al Shami on muraqqabat street is one of those restaurants that always has a crowd and forever causes traffic along that street due to the people always double parking to do takeaway. My personal preference here is to order on the phone and eat it at home because whenever you sit there service is slow and tends to lean more in favor to peopls of the arabic nature. However that said this place has some good shawarmas and grills.
I usually like experimenting with arabic food whereas the family sticks to the same traditional lebanese fares. So we went with chicken and meat shawarma, fattoush, hummus, Mixed grill, Half grilled chicken and kafta with tomato. The shawarmas though small pack a punch and have a decent amount of meat in it. Their tahina or garlic sauce depending on which one you take are good. The bread fresh and comes with french fries. Good shwarma. The mixed grill comes with your usual arees, kababs, chicken tikka and french fries. These are usually cooked well done so i am not a big fan of this but its filling and good. The fattoush is fresh tangy lemony and actually quite delicious and refreshing. The hummus which is chick peas and olive oil and a few pomegranae seeds is actually quite good with the sweetness of the pomegrante helping it. The grilled chicken comes with arabic bread, garlic sauce, french fries. Shamis grilled chicken is some of the best around and whatever they do they do it right. The chicken is tender and juicy and really almost melts in your mouth. The kafta with tomato basically is meat that is shaped in a huge burger with a tomato sauce on it. Though delicious this was oily but having it on occasions is fine.
Over all a good lebanese meal for a family of 4 with the bill coming to around 120 aed.
Went there for breakfast to order a labneh manousheh and the famous heart-shaped falafels. The labneh manousheh was a huge disappointment, it was labneh smeared in regular khubz style bread, and then sliced into folded quarters. It didn't have the usual za'atar, mint or veggies inside either, like I'd have expected in an authentic labneh sandwich. The falafels were quite good, though they're not the best or most memorable I've personally had in the city.
The service was hit/miss. One of the servers was super friendly and chatty, the other completely ignored my table altogether (maybe they have super strict table assignments for each waiter!) That said, when I left, the friendly waiter gave me a complimentary glass of jallab (cool drink with grape molasses, dates and water) - super sweet and refreshing, and definitely a must-order during hot summery days.
I'll probably be back to check out the rest of the menu, though I'll give the manakish a miss next time around.
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