Ayam Elezz is one of a (growing) number of Lebanese restaurants which use throwbacks from the past to create ambience. That’s the polite way of saying – retro overkill. This is a restaurant very much in the same mould as the Layla franchise; a touch more polished, maybe. It’s as if the designers have raided their grandparents home, scattering their belongings (including their old luggage) all about the restaurant. The truth is, and my sarcasm aside, it works. Ayam Elezz looks and feels…homely.
Ayam Elezz’s biggest asset is its expansive veranda, which overlooks some prime Dubai property, namely Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Burj al-Arab, and Beach Road. It’s a great place to hang out if you’re into exotic cars, dozens of which you will see (and hear) blaring past. At this time of year, the veranda is simply dreamy at any time of day, or night.
I was not impressed with the food. It looks far better than it actually tastes. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the food but, of our extensive order, nothing other than the lentils soup made me smile. The Moroccan Tea was an absolute nightmare.
Personally, I prefer the food at Layla more. Service though is very good; friendly, fast, and very Arabic (which I suppose it’s meant to be). Shisha is a big draw.
Ayam Elezz – certainly worth a visit.