Reem Al Bawadi is a franchise of restaurants specialising in Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s hard to believe there are now no less than a dozen dotted across the region, this Sheikh Zayad Road branch included. As is the trend with such restaurants, Shisha plays a big part, adding an element of ‘lounging’ to their dining experience. Thankfully they have recently separated the Shisha section from the dining section.
The dim-lit interior of this Reem Al Bawadi branch did not appeal to me, but it’s a big, spacious restaurant with lots of wood and fake leaves giving it a somewhat rural look (which I think is what the designers were going for).
The food is really good. What I like most is that they’ve stuck to the old school, authentic, traditional recipes with none of the fancy-pancy fusion stuff which so many Middle Eastern restaurants seem caught up with these day. Their extensive menu covers most of the classic mezza and mains, with an excellent selection of grills. And in keeping with tradition, an alternating dish of the day is also available.
Service is friendly, accommodating and fast. Worth a visit.