Restaurant Review:

Trade Centre Area

Living in Dubai means that we are spoilt for choice when it comes to indulging in cuisines from around the world, especially food from the Middle East and Levant regions! Now, with such a plethora of Lebanese restaurants available in the country, would Mazaher, a new Lebanese restaurant in Dubai, stand out among the competition or just be another name to add to the list? This is what we found out at our tasting session at the vibrant, new restaurant that is located in the Trade Centre Area and offers guests a full ‘Lebanese experience in the form of a glamorous restaurant and also a relaxed café environment.

As is characteristic with Lebanese restaurants, we started our meal with a selection of hot and cold mezze that included the following:

  • Fattoush
  • Tabouleh Bil Riman
  • Mazaher Hommos
  • Mazaher Halloumi
  • Moutabal
  • Basterma Cheese roll
  • Spinach fatayer
  • Kabis Mshakkal: Mixed pickles & olives
  • Warak Enab: Vine leaves stuffed with parsley, tomato, onion, rice, olive oil & oriental spices
  • Mouhamara: Bread crumbs, chili paste, pomegranate molasses, walnuts and cumin
  • Samke Traboulsiye (Fish)

Once we got past the amount and quantity of the appetizers on our table, we began making our way through them, thoroughly enjoying the burst of different flavors each dish offered. Despite having tried all of these items at other restaurants previously, we did find some unique aspects in the dishes at Mazaher. The Fattoush was our favorite of the lot, due to the roasted Pita chips that they create using a special kind of bread from Lebanon, a recipe they claim was used in Lebanese households back in the day. We also loved the Warak Enab, Mouhamara and the Samke Traboulsiye. All in all, an excellent variety of hot and cold mezze that sets the stage for the rest of the meal.

  • Mixed Grill comprising of Grilled Lamb, assorted lamb kofta, shish tawook, lamb chops & arayes
  • Grilled seabass with sautéed vegetables and lemon sauce

The mixed grill was reminiscent of others we’ve had but delicious! The seabass though, an unusual choice for us at a Lebanese restaurant was a pleasant surprise and a must have!
  • Mazaher Khashtaliye: Milk pudding with Mazaher syrup and semolina topped with clotted cream, pistachio, walnuts, almonds and figs jam.
  • Bouza w Ghazle: Arabic Mastika ice cream topped with cotton candy and pistachio
  • Assorted fresh fruit salad

To be honest, the milk pudding is more of an acquired taste and didn’t really appeal to us. The Bouza though was perfect! Who can resist a dessert that blends ice cream and cotton candy? We definitely can’t and loved this one and would definitely recommend it to everyone dining at Mazaher.

So does Mazaher stand out? Although the menu might remind you of other Lebanese restaurants you’ve dined at, we think Mazaher does indeed stand out; be it the elegant décor, occasional live music and warm ambiance or the graceful food presentations and unique preparations, Mazaher has its own identity and a must visit for a stylish evening out.