Ali Baba

By all accounts "possibly the best Lebanese on the island" where "each bite is heaven"

For 25 years, this family run restaurant has evolved considerably while staying true to its roots. The Arabic style interior is relaxed and subdued, perhaps to encourage surrender to the pure Lebanese atmosphere, aromas and tastes. There are 52 dishes to choose from and due to the restaurant’s popularity bookings are a must. Meat, vegetable and wheat-incorporating dishes are cooked separately out of respect for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diners.

Delicious mezze flow throughout the evening, presented as though a culinary magic wand is at work. Three to four mezze per person are recommended as a main. The cold mezze selection is the best place to commence your adventure. Dip into vibrant tastes with the homous aswad beirouti (black chickpeas and home-made black sesame seed tahini, garlic, lemon juice, pickled chillies, parsley and pine nuts), or the labneh b’ zatar (a yoghurt made in-house from local full-fat milk with organic olive oil and wild thyme). There is also a vast selection of warm and meat mezze to choose from. Try the kousa meshwi (grilled courgettes with barrel aged feta cheese, roasted pine nuts, mint, smoked paprika and piquant olive oil), the shawarma dejej (pan-cooked strips of chicken breast with yoghurt, apple cider vinegar, garlic, onions and soft spices), the maqaneq ghanam (aromatic lamb sausages prepared in-house), or for a heartier meal, the sharhat lahmeh meshwieh (grilled veal strips marinated in garlic, parsley, fresh tomato juice and organic cider vinegar, and mixed spices).

Seating Indoors: 44

 

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2018 Ratings

Food: 45
Service: 43
Ambience: 38
Overall: 42

These ratings out of 50 are the results of our annual survey by 2074 diners who dined out on an average of twice a week – 215, 696 dining experiences a year!

9, Ponsomby Street, Il-Gżira
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Daily noon-3pm, 7pm-10pm (closed Sun & Mon).
€42 average price per person.

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