February 2019 Update:
The menu hasn’t changed much but I still think it’s great that one is able to have Lebanese food without being afraid that there might be some hidden dairy / eggs in any of the dishes. Kababji has also opened three new branches in Mall of the Emirates, Motor City and Business Bay.
I’ve been to many Lebanese restaurants and grills ever since moving to the Middle East and finally I’ve found one with vegan food labels (my prayers have obviously been heard). I’m sure I don’t have to explain the benefit of these indicators on the menu one more time – each and everyone of you has probably gone through the “does this dish contain any animal product such as dairy or eggs?” question & answer game more than once. Kababji Grill is a Lebanese chain restaurant with four outlets in Dubai and I’ve just been to the one at the Dubai Marina.
As at all Middle Eastern restaurants – don’t bother about the main menu and order several appetizers instead! I took a seat at one of the tables in a modern environment inside even though there’s also outside seating available (it seemed a little too windy for that) and got fresh juices (as always mango and watermelon) prior to my food order. Luckily Kababji Grill offers half portions for almost all their appetizers, which gave me the chance to try even more than usual: I ordered the Hommos with Pine Nuts, Fattouch Salad, Raheb Salad, Warak Inab, Batata w Kezbara & Seasoned Fries. There are more vegan options such as salads, regular Hommos, Moutabal, regular Fries, and grilled potatoes available as well and everything is clearly marked with a “v” for vegan 🙂
Let’s start with my favorites: the Warak Inab, stuffed grape leaves flavored with pomegranate syrup were gone in less than 30 seconds (and I got five of them as a half portion). It’s not the first stuffed grape leaves I’ve tried – but by far the best ones, and I believe that was especially due to the pomegranate syrup which gave them a special fruity twist. Next on my list are the Batata w Kezbara, fried potato cubes mixed with herbs, coriander, spices & virgin olive oil. With fried potato cubes it’s always been either amazing or not so good at all. These ones definitely belong into the amazing category – crunchy & well seasoned, not too oily at all, exactly how I like them. To be honest, the only reason why I chose the Hommos with Pine Nuts over the regular Hommos was because I’ve had so many pictures of regular Hommos already and wanted something different.
However after trying it I’m sure I’ll have only pictures of Hommos with Pine Nuts from now on: it was served without olive oil and the Pine Nuts added a little crunchiness and extra flavor. Highly recommended (and again, the half portion is enough if you like to try a couple more dishes).
Both the seasoned Fries as well as the Fattouch salad were tasty, but nothing new to me. It was the first time that I spotted the Raheb Salad on a menu though so I ordered it to try something new. Basically it consists out of grilled eggplant mixed with tomato, bell pepper, parsely, garlic, onions, lemon juice and virgin olive oil.
However the term “salad” might be a little misleading in this case as I consider it to be more like a dip. It was super flavorful, dominated by the eggplant grilled over charcoal, and is a great dish to share.
No matter if you live in Dubai or are just visiting for a few days: Kababji Grill offers a vegan hassle-free Lebanese dining experience for anyone. When I was there I noticed lots of delivery orders going out as well – use your talabat app or give them a call for home delivery all over Dubai.
Kababji Grill at Dubai Marina
Opening hours: 8AM to 1AM
Kababji Grill in Downtown Dubai
Executive Towers, Bay Avenue
Opening hours: 7AM to 2AM
Kababji Grill in Mirdif
Opening hours: 7AM to 12 midnight
Kababji Grill in Al Rigga
Al Ghurair City Mall, Ground Level
Opening hours: 11AM to 1AM
Kababji Grill in Mall of the Emirates
Food Court Level 1
Opening hours: Sat – Wed 10AM to 10PM, Thu & Fri 10AM to 12 midnight
Kababji Grill in Motor City
First Avenue Mall & Hotel
Opening hours: 10AM to 1AM every day
Kababji Grill in Business Bay
Bay Avenue Ground Level
Opening hours: 10AM to 1AM every day