Ali Baba

Regular patrons agree that "it's the best Lebanese food around" with "interesting dishes on offer". "Heaven on a plate" and a "sweet little gem in Gzira"

For 25 years this family run restaurant has evolved whilst still staying true to its roots. The Arabic style interior is relaxed and subdued perhaps to encourage your surrender to the 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.  They also offer an outside catering menu.
Delicious mezze flow throughout the evening presented as though a culinary magic wand is at work. Three to four mezze per person are recommended for a main. The cold mezze selection is the best place to start. Indulge in vibrant flavours with the popular Baba Ghanouge with open-flame smoked aubergines, tahini, garlic and lemon juice. The simple yet elegant Jibneh Baydah Wa Kabar features barrel aged feta cheese with caper berries and olive oil. Lamb is a feature in Lebanese cooking and their Castaleta Ghanam lamb cutlets lightly marinated in herbs and spices and grilled are juicy whilst the Kitf Ghanam is a tagine of local lamb shoulder with lumi basra, tamarind, root vegetables, chili, honey, apricot paste and coriander must be explored.  A selection of sides are also available. The dessert menu should not be overlooked with a choice of layered pastries with almonds and pistachios or warm Lebanese bread pudding with Algerian dates, Manjari chocolate, cinnamon, cardamom, crème anglaise and white chocolate sorbet are fitting complements.

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2019 Ratings

Food: 45
Service: 42
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!

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Closed Sun & Mon

€42 average price per person.


9, Ponsomby Street, Il-Gżira

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