No matter how modern we are, vintage is always enchanting. Ayam Elezz for me is a place where I was driven to 60’s and the fantastic feeling of ‘Home’. It just reminded me of how my granny’s house looked like.
Ayam Elezz is located at the first floor of The Mall opposite to Jumeirah beach hotel, serving authentic Lebanese food. Their cutlery, artifacts and ambiance is rustic, bright and simple. I am sure this place reminds most of us our childhood and the real family time spent with grannies.
I was at Ayam Elezz for breakfast, keeping my “I am a vegetarian” condition in front of them, never returned disappointed. They serve Morning Glory, which is a treat for two in one platter with 10 variants, Tea or juice.
Morning Glory is an assortment of cheeses & jams, labneh balls, foul, olive oil, debes and tahini with fresh traditionally baked khaboos; the platter included scrambled eggs, fresh cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, mint, sour cream, Zaatar.
I enjoyed every item on the platter and its just amazing how tasty and healthy was my breakfast. The raspberry jam and apricot jam was at its best with warm khaboos. Zaatar rolls were too good to deny and my mouth waters as I think of it even now.
Labneh balls had a creamy texture and its so enjoyable how the flavor explodes, every bite. Fresh vegetables with labneh and mint was very refreshing and I will never skip this on my next visit.
Foul Mdammes reminded me of mom’s food and left me wondering how close could a few dishes from different cuisines be. Beans and Chickpeas were cooked perfectly and had soused the flavors of garlic, cumin, lime juice and olive oil. This warms my heart.
Outer from the set menu, I placed for Kebbet Lentil, my favorite here. This I tried a few months ago and I was craving for it since then. Its a mix of lentils, burgul and tomato paste. The presentation and taste was outstanding.
Lemonade Batrouniye is their traditionally in-house made refreshing drink which is one of its kind and this is their most recommended signature drink. I even recommend their Pomegranate juice, which is a pure and fresh extract that comes in a glass that looks like a pomagranate.
For Desserts, we left it to the choice of our host and he brought Halawet El Jiben. This, I really don’t have words to describe. Chilled Cream cheese covered by thin cheese sheets soaked in sugar and rose syrup topped with nuts, was a royal feast to our toothsome foodie taste buds.
The staff are really nice and take time to explain how they put in efforts to bring out the best in what they serve. It’s always good to know and also appreciate their efforts to make their customers happy.
Hubby and I had a great time at Ayam Elezz, talking more about the ambiance and how minute details could connect our lives and leave us nostalgic. Kerosene stove, chirping birds, soothing music, smell of freshly baked bread, tiny bright colored artifacts, pretty plates and wooden furniture, beautiful view of Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Shisha and some good company is what we can expect from Ayam Elezz. There is a non-smoking section inside and the outside area is dedicated for smoking preferential customers.
Ayam Elezz has been a special place for me personally and the love for Lebanese cuisine shall stay alive and I shall head here every time I crave for Lebanese home and food.
Highlights : Live Music,Valet Parking Available,Shisha,Outdoor Seating,Private Dining Area Available
Cuisines : Lebanese
Address : The Mall, Opposite Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim, Dubai
Phone number : 04 4376069 Table reservation recommended
Opening hours : 10 AM to 1 AM
Phone number : 04 4376069
Cost : AED 220 for two people (approx.) Cash and Cards accepted