Rozanah [Restaurant Review]

Rozanah is a lovely Lebanese restaurant that has three locations: Yas Island, Mussafa and Ruwais. Since we were in Ruwais all of last week, we headed down to their branch in Ruwais Mall to try it out.

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The restaurant is decorated elegantly in gold and silver tones. We came here early on a week night and being that its Ruwais, we didn’t expect there to be so many people at the restaurant. However, it seems to be quite the popular spot; half way into our meal we noticed it getting continuously more crowded.

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We were seated in a booth table and were handed the menu. I loved the attention to detail that they have in their decor. Just look at these gorgeous “cracked” glasses!

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There were many different appetizer choices, and the mains consisted mostly of grills.

After we chose what we wanted, the waiter brought out a tray of freshly sliced vegetables along with Thousand Island and Ranch dressing.

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For drinks, we ordered the Green Pina and the Virgin Pina Colada. The Virgin Pina Colada was your typical coconut and pineapple mixture, and it was deliciously refreshing! The Green Pina was definitely an original drink, it was made from green bell pepper and had sweet notes.

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My little Khalifa really liked it, and when the manager noticed that Khalifa was drinking from mine, he brought a mini-sized version for the baby! How sweet is that?! Khalifa, of course couldn’t wait to devour that one too, as you can see…

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Our starters arrived to the table and it felt like we were looking at the whole meal! I got the Eggplant Fatteh, which is something I’ve never tried before.

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I’ll definitely be ordering this anytime I see it on a menu again. It was scrumptious! Its roasted eggplant and fried pita bread thats layered into a creamy yogurt base. Its topped off with toasted cashew and pine nuts and garnished with a bit of parsley. Had I known that it was this rich and delectable, I would not have even ordered a main dish. It’s so filling and so good!

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My husband got Hummus Bil Lahmeh, which is hummus has bits of lamb and roasted pine nuts. It’s served with freshly made pita bread, steaming hot out of the oven.

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We also got the Kibbeh for Khalifa; he’s very picky, but definitely loves kibbeh. The kibbeh at Rozanah is larger than what you’d normally get at most Lebanese restaurants. It’s cooked and spiced very well.

Our mains came and my husband ordered the Rozanah Platter and the Rozanah Tawook bil Zaatar. They combined the two together and brought it out in one beautiful, large platter. We had clearly gotten way too much!

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My husband’s dish was a combination of shish tawook, kofta, tikka, and lamb chops. He loves his mixed grills, so I knew he would be able to handle a good amount of that, but even this was too much for him. I loved my chicken marinated in zaatar, but ended up having to most of it away for takeaway since my starter, the eggplant fatteh was so filling.

Along with all of the meat on the platter, there were also grilled bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, sliced potatoes, herbed bread, and a slice of arayes bread. All of this food could have easily fed an additional two people! They are so generous with their portions.

After that large platter, I definitely needed something to help digest all the meat. I ordered a green tea, and they brought it along with some desserts for us to sample. The desserts included Muhalabia (a traditional Arabic pudding), Custard and Rice Pudding.

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I loved all of them but my favorite was the custard because it was a bit lighter than the other two, and at that moment light was exactly what I needed. My husband is a fiend for roz bil laban, so he loved the rice pudding.

Now, the Rozanah that we went to is located in Ruwais, but you don’t have to drive all the way out here to try it. They have two locations within the city limits of Abu Dhabi.

I loved the service at this Ruwais branch– they were so attentive and even when it started getting more crowded, we never felt like we needed to wave the waiters down in order to get their attention. The food was delicious and homely. The great thing about this place is that its quite classy, the prices are affordable, yet they serve ginormous portions that can definitely fill you up. I’ll surely be visiting Rozanah the next time we’re in Ruwais!

Ratings (0-5): 

  • Staff/Service: 5
  • Ambience: 5
  • Food: 4.5
  • Presentation: 4.5
  • Cleanliness: 5
  • Value for money: 5

Overall Rating: 4.83

Worth Trying?: The food, the prices and the services are all praise-worthy! If you come to Ruwais and you haven’t been here, you are missing out. Good thing is, you can also check out the branches in the city!

For more information, call Rozanah’s Ruwais location at +971 (0) 2 496 3413 or the Yas Island location at +971 (0) 2 496 3411.

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