Al Falamanki is a restaurant and café that saw the light in 2008. It offers people an experience that goes beyond exquisite tastes and a friendly atmosphere. Rooted in the old streets of Beirut and the culinary habits of villagers, Al Falamanki plays host to a blend of homemade cooking smells, diversified dialects, and old-school sounds, transporting patrons into the nostalgic experience of Beirut during the 60s. Al Falamanki, an ode to a golden era and a unique concept in the food and beverage industry in Lebanon, has now opened its first international venture in Dubai, situated across the Four Seasons Hotel. Named after the famous Khalil Al Falamanki, the restaurant and café, located in the heart of Beirut, takes diners on a culinary journey of traditional Lebanese food, offering a dash of old city nostalgia in modern-Dubai.
We visited the restaurant to experience the traditional Iftar offering last week and were pleasantly surprised by the attentive service and staff. The space is filled with a carefree atmosphere that reflects the lively streets of the city of Beirut and the tastes of surrounding villages, colliding harmoniously with the sound of classic music from Arabic legends such as Fayrouz and Sabah.
Appetizers were simply divine, transporting us back to the time and era of traditional Arabic family gatherings, around the table where the entire family would share food and experiences of the day. All though the food is not quiet elevated as it could be, the restaurant offers a great selection of dishes to suit everyone's taste. This casual food joint is set to do quite well with the Arabic/ Lebanese populace in UAE.
STAR RATING: ***