I can never resist a drive down Al Rigga road in Deira, especially with a stomach that’s growling despite being fed mere hours ago. The attraction of Deira is for one to experience and the best way to do so is by doing a “Deira Crawl” which captivates bits of old Dubai.
My hunger pangs led me to the every so welcoming and one of the popular food spots, Aroos Damascus Restaurant. Aroos has laid its roots in Deira for many, many years – for example, when shawarma was sold for AED1, or when the restaurant had a few shutters as compared to its current set up that’s taken over all the allocated store spaces of the residential building offering a perfect balance of Syrian and Lebanese cuisine.
On a chill evening, I walked with a want for one specific dish, hummus with glistening meat soaked in lush olive oil over a smooth spread of the chickpeas that constitutes the basis of the hummus.
A cup of lentil soup, the soup of the Arab world, provided an hearty comforting start to the meal and calming of my shiver on a cold Dubai winter eve, with the freshly baked bread heavily dipped in the hummus with each swift swipe to the dish to bread out chunks of meat – truly savored.
One craving led to another and the meal turned out to be a feast of Arabic proportions, with a juicy charcoal grill chicken, to succulent lamb tikka and one of my favorites, laham (meat) arayees relished with the smokiness of eggplants that makes up moutable and a bowl of fresh vegetable with a plate of pickles and olives.
A 15 minute wait for a piping hot Umm Ali was worth soothing the re-occurring shivering chills with a side of Koshary tea and a spoon full of the sweetened bread dessert which pleased the palate and yet again remind me of the bliss that’s hidden in Deira.
Aroos Damascus Restaurant
Al Rigga, Deira, Dubai.
04 2219825, 04 2213673