5 Places To Relish The Cheesiest Manakish In Town

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
by Vaishnavi Venkataraman 2750

In case you don’t know what a Manakeesh is- we feel for you! A cheese Manakeesh is nothing but a tasty, fluffy bread loaded with cheese….lots of it. This is then sprinkled with salt! If you’re wondering if salt and cheese is even a combo- trust us, it is!

That said, Manakish is the tastiest, cheesiest, Arabic snack and in case you’re drooling check out the best places that let you indulge in this cheesy delicacy.

1. Al Reef Lebanese Bakery

An iconic bakery in the city, Al Reef bakery has won the hearts of residents for the yummiest Lebanese food for ages now. If you’re up for wraps, try the labneh with vegetables. Moist, creamy, and loaded with tomatoes, mint, cucumber and olives- this one’s sure to leave you asking for more. Cheese lovers can try the oozy-greasy meat and egg combo while fitness freaks can opt for the spinach version. The staff here bake the Manaeesh in an antique oven and the fragrance is enough to make you salivate. Manakeesh is priced from AED 6 onwards.

Where: Karama, Jumeirah
Timings: 6:00 am – 5:30 am
Cost: AED 70 for two
Contact: 04 3945200

Credits: Al Reef Lebanese Bakery/ Facebook

2. Zaatar w Zeit

Spread across 14 outlets in the city, Zaatar w Zeit is a name popular especially for Manakeesh. These guys take their business seriously and have mastered the art. Pick from cheese, beef and turkey ham, or labneh aarouus. You can also opt for their signature speciality- wild zaatar, a delicious melange of zaatar, onion and tomato sauce on a light, fluffy multigrain dough. Customers can choose to have it baked the way they want (thin, thick or crisp). This is then served in rolls or open- like a roti.

Where: 14 outlets in Dubai
Timings: 6am – 3am
Cost: AED 145 for two
Contact: 0600522231, 04 4276033

Credits: Zaatar w Zeit/ Facebook

3. Manoushe Street

Super famous for Manakeesh, this burgeoning eatery also has customers coming back for their complex wraps. Think-roast beef, chicken, tuna and sujouk, stuffed in a delicious bread. And the best part- you can enjoy a deliciously filling meal for a meagre amount. The manakeesh starts from AED 7 and you can also have it stuffed with cheese for an additional AED 14. The cafe also serves salads and wraps- in case you’re starving!
Where: Across Dubai
Timings: 6:30am – 5:30pm
Cost: AED 105 for two
Contact: 04 5260398

Credits: Manoushe Street/ Facebook

4. Moulin D’or Bakery & Grill

An age old favourite for Manakeesh, this restaurant iconic Arabic bakery offers an exotic selection of toppings including zaatar, kishk, and kofta. In addition, customers are also treated to a range of carefully hand-picked cheese including akkawi, kashkaval, halloumi, labneh. This is undoubtedly one of the best versions of Manakeesh, especially for those who prefer a light dough.
Where: Opposite Hotel Holiday International, Buhairah Corniche, Al Majaz 1, Al Majaz, Sharjah
Timings: 7am – 12midnight
Cost: AED 160 for two
Contact: 06 5749797

Credits: Trip Advisor

5. Royal Bakery

This humble bakery, docked in the buzzing Emirates Hills is a favourite hangout and the Manakeesh served here is deliciously divine. Stick to the age-old classics- Akawi cheese and zataar- if you want to play it safe. Those with a massive appetite can indulge in the many cheese options including muhammara, salami, mortadella, meat, turkey, hot dog and zaatar.

Where: Beside Town Center, Emirates Hills

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