February 2019 Update:
Since 2016 I’ve been to Zaroob a couple of times with family & friends – their vegan options have not really expanded but they now have vegetarian labels on the menu so it’s easier to narrow them down & ask specific questions to the waiter. They have opened three additional branches in Mirdif, Ibn Battuta and Marina – so there are no excuses anymore not to try it!
Not all eateries I go to in Dubai to check out their vegan options I find online – some of them, I literally just like the look of when I pass by! Zaroob was one of them. Whenever I was on SZR passed the Dubai Mall heading into the direction of Deira I noticed the fancy signage and lighting of ‘Zaroob’, a Lebanese restaurant. Found it on zomato and realized it’s open 24/7 and decided sooner or later I have to stop here instead of another dinner at the Dubai Mall.
Zaroob has two branches across Dubai (and on in Sharjah) at the moment and is well known as one of the favorite Lebanese restaurants within locals and top rated on zomato. At the branch at the Trade Center Area they’ve got outdoor seating (during the winter) and an impressive decorated interior. The concept is clear: All-day affordable restaurant in a colorful and modern setting inspired by traditional Lebanese street food.
Neither the menu nor my order was surprising: I tried the Stuffed Falafel, the Hummus, the Fattoush Salad and the Za’atar Man’oushe – accompanied by two fresh juices: Mango and Kiwi. Additional vegan dishes on the menu include: the regular Falafel Plate, French Fries, Vegetables & Pickles, several Lebanese Salads as well as different types of Hummus and Foul.
The Hummus and the Fattoush were “just normal” nothing special, but not bad either. If you normally like it, you will like these, too! The Falafel were stuffed with onions and tomatoes (no cheese) and tasted delicious: crispy outside and full of flavors inside. The one thing I really want to recommend you to try is the Za’taar Man’oushe flatbread, which is served warm on a little ‘table-plate’. I like the za’taar flavor and loved dipping this bread into the hummus.
There’s not much else I’ve got to add at this point other than that I enjoyed my vegan Lebanese dinner at Zaroob – not only because of the quality of the food, but also because the restaurant wasn’t overcrowded with tourists and other expats (in fact when I visited I was the only non-arab). Try their menu at any of their branches (or use talabat to order online) and don’t forget to let me know how you liked it!
Zaroob at Trade Center Area
Jumeirah Tower Building, just off SZR
Opening hours: 24/7
Zaroob Palm Jumeirah
Opening hours: Sun – Thu 10AM to 10PM, Fri – Sat 9AM to 11PM
Al Buhaira Corniche Street, Al Majaz
Opening hours: Sun – Thu 8AM to midnight, Fri – Sat 8AM to 1AM
Zaroob Ibn Battuta Mall
Opening hours: 10.30AM – 12 midnight every day
The Radisson Blue Residence
Opening hours: 24/7
Uptown Mirdif Mall
Opening hours: Sat – Wed 7AM – 12 midnight, Thu & Fri 7AM – 1AM