Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Al Farooj at Deira City Centre (UAE, Dubai)

We went back to Deira City Centre again for lunch as we could not find any other eateries nearby for lunch. 
Al Farooj is an international fast casual restaurant chain started by an Arabic family in 1994. The chain specialises in serving Shawarma using their own secret bend herbs and spices prepared in Arabic, Mexican, Italian and Lebanese recipes. Today, it has 40 outlets in United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Kuwait, Libya and France.
Arabian Shawarma 19 AED (S$6.51) & Shawarma Wrap 16 AED (S$5.48)
I ordered Arabian Shawarma 19 AED (S$6.51) while the partner ordered Shawarma Wrap 16 AED (S$5.48). We waited 20 minutes at the counter for our food. So much for being a fast casual restaurant especially since there was no crowd.

We both ordered Shawarma as Al Farooj was famous for it. The Shawema is a fast food commonly consisted of a pita bread sandwich with meat and various toppings in it. 
Shawarma Wrap 16 AED (S$5.48)
The partner's Shawarma Wrap was served with fries and a soft drink. 
Shawarma Wrap 16 AED (S$5.48)
Personally, I felt that there were too much mayonnaise in the Shawarma Wrap. So much so that it masked the flavour of the spices and meat. In addition, the pita bread was too chewy. 
Arabian Shawarma 19 AED (S$6.51) 
Arabian Shawarma 19 AED (S$6.51) 
The Arabian Shawarma fared better. This time there were less mayonnaise. The fragrance and tenderness of the chicken left an impression; well seasoned and grilled chicken meat! The wrap was crispier too. Oddly, the lettuce were replaced with fries coated with mayonnaise which made it soggy. There were fries given as sides.

Many have said that this was an authentic place for Shawarma. But I am not too sure how true this is since they have fries. This is because I associate fries with western culture/cuisine. In addition, having fries in a Shawarma made me doubt the authenticity. Just my 2 cents.

Having said that, anyone knows where Sultan Kebab (Peace Centre) has shifted to?

Al Farooj at Deira City Centre (UAE, Dubai)
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Deira City Centre
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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6 comments:

  1. Waiting for 20 minutes at the counter doesn't sound good and too much of the mayonnaise too. However the shawarma sounds like a good try. French fries is becoming a standard food these days.

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    1. yeah, the pros and cons of globalisation!

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  2. These all look so yummy. My hubby just visited Dubai not long ago. Too bad he didn't try this place. Oh well, maybe next time when I'm joining the trip. ;)

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    1. Did he ate at any food outlets or restaurants that serves good food?

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  3. Wah, u're indulging in all the middle-eastern food huh?

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    1. Haha, I was in Dubai (UAE). Hence decided to go for middle eastern food!

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