Part of our staycation treat at Crowne Plaza Yas Island was a media brunch at Barouk restaurant. A Lebanese restaurant located in the lower ground floor of the hotel. We find other Arabic restaurants that aren’t always the most attractive but Barouk is an exception to that rule, serving up outstanding, traditional mezze on white tablecloths, in a room smartly furnished in shades of black and gray. Here’s our dining experience at Barouk restaurant.
We were greeted amiably upon arrival and were led into a dimly-lit dining where each table are covered in clean white cloths and comfortable gray chairs. The stage area is equipped with musical instruments which later create a vibrant atmosphere when the Arabic lady singer sang. If you plan to visit at night, expect a live belly dancing. A wide selection of shisha is also served. There was an outside terrace seating which I guess more pleasing when the weather is bearable. The place was occupied by regular diners, guests, Crowne Plaza staff and the media personalities from magazines and bloggers including us. It was a fun afternoon brunch over good conversations with Arabic authentic food and music!
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Food and Menu
The venue’s slickness did not diminish from the authenticity of the cuisines. Devotees of Middle Eastern dishes will surely be delighted in the extensive mezze selection while beginners can try the well-thought out set menu. The restaurant menu consists of the anticipated hot and cold mezze options, grilled and fried meats, extensive sweet desserts, but with the addition of a few pizzas which is not present on the brunch but available in their menu.
For cold mezzes which were served on our table, apart from the breads we had two types of hummus (typical hummus and hummus beiruti),muttabal, tabouleh, fatoush, warak enab, labneh bil toum and loubieh bil zeit. My favorites would be the fatoush, muttabal and tabouleh. My husband wasn’t a fan of vegetables but still he tried each one and he liked the fatoush most.
Trying out the hot mezzes on buffet style, we tried kibbeh sajieh, batata harrah, jawaneh dajaj, shrimps provencale. I like the kibbeh sajieh and the shrimps provencale which are both satisfyingly delicious! I had lentil soup in between just because I’m a soup lady :p
Continuing with the main course, the kebab and shish tawouk was my husband’s favorite partnered it with vermicelli rice. With our barely no room stomach, we tried the Arabic desserts which most variety are very sweet and not to my liking. But the husband of course like it so much that he had two rounds of desserts :p
Service is not forced and neither is a vibrant atmosphere. Crowne Plaza‘s Lebanese Barouk restaurant is worth a try if you find yourself craving after Lebanese food on Yas Island. The place is not only ideal for couple or friends gathering but also with business meetings looking for a good service and pleasant atmosphere over rich Lebanese traditional food.
Location: Lower Ground Floor, Crowne Plaza Yas Island Abu Dhabi
We were invited by the property, however all opinions are our own.