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“Great for visitors”
Review of Tarbouche

Tarbouche
Ranked #157 of 2,054 Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Delivery, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New York City, New York
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great for visitors”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

The Central Souk is a well-designed mall that is nearing completion. It has a mix of heritage-style shops (Lebanese glassware, Kashmiri pashminas, spices and dates) and modern (opticians, photo shops, jewelry). It also has a mix of restaurants, of which Tarbouche is my favorite. The hummus with meat is outstanding, they have the best fatoush in town, and the bread is always fresh and good. I personally stick with the mezze as the kebabs and felafel are not better than elsewhere in my opinion. But it's a great place to visit as you can people-watch in the Central Souk while you eat, enjoy some regional cuisine with friendly service, and get out very full for not a lot of dirhams.

  • Visited May 2013
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Budapest, Hungary
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173 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Very good lebanese food!!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

The restaurant is on the ground floor of the "Central Market" (which is not a real and not a central market by the way...), which is a very attractive building anyway...
The foods are fresh, the full restaurant is very clean, the staff is perfect, you will enjoy the lebanese tastes including the fresh naan bread served with the "mezze"-s...
Drink mint-lemonade, its yummmmi!

  • Visited April 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“good place for arabic food”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

went with family- good place for arabic food. genuine arabic taste. not very expensive.
if not in central market- this restaurant would have been a huge success. poor access to the central market.
good quality of food. good service.

  • Visited March 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Arabic buffet in the new Central Market”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

Tarbouche is in the ground floor of The Souk - Central Market complex. The building alone is worth a visit for its architecture and atmosphere. The restaurant featured 3 different buffets - the one for appetizers alone had lots of variety and all our favorites. Besides the entree selection, the desserts area deserves special mention - More than a dozen different kinds, and of course I had to try all of them... :)
The staff were attentive and friendly. Value for money, too at 90 Dirham per person for the All-You-Can-Eat feast.
Recommended.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank MickBee24
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Edmonton, Canada
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283 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Landmark more than a restaurant.”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

Over the 10 years I lived above the 'Tarbouche' building...
I saw the price of the shawarma double, and size go down by 5 times the size.

This place use to be really good, but now its just OK. Their quality has gone down the drain, and I think I had some major digestive issues after eating their beef in egg plant dish.

If you are hungry, just go behind where this restaurant is, and there are much better shawarmas for cheaper available...

not recommended,

  • Visited August 2011
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1 Thank fahym
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