K’Noon Business Bay: Lebanese food with a delicious twist and shisha

For delicious Lebanese food with a twist, you can’t go wrong with K’Noon Business Bay in the Burj Khalifa Area. Read on for The Huntr’s full review…

This casual dining gem is located on the lake level of the West Wharf Tower on Al Abraj Street. It’s bright and spacious and features some lovely big art murals on the walls. The restaurant is divided into two areas – one for smoking and shisha, and the other, non-smoking.

K’Noon is named after the traditional charcoal grill that “represents the soul of Lebanese cuisine: a symbol of the Lebanese home and the warmth of family gatherings”. And this Business Bay gem ticks both boxes – warm and homely. The servers were prompt and passionate, there when we needed them and absent when we wanted to relax and eat and chat.

So what is Lebanese food with a twist you ask? Well, how about Cheesecake Labneh Salad for starters and Lobster Shawarma for seconds? Told you: It’s different…

The Huntr visited for a weeknight dinner, we were surprised to see that nearly every table was taken – despite the fact that this concept has only just opened its doors. One look at the menu and it was easy to see why. The pages are filled with a plethora of interesting takes on Lebanese dishes. We sampled the Italian-infused Pesto Hummus (26AED), which went down well with the freshly baked bread. The Cheesecake Labneh Salad (34AED) came next and proved to be one of the most interesting dishes of the evening – a savoury cheesecake salad? Utterly awesome. The Shrimps Issmallieh (32AED) were also fantastic and tasted really fresh. Our number one favourite was the Lobster Shawarma (65AED) – don’t miss it. Lamb fans should also sample the Mawzet 3Al Fa7m (56AED), which was so tender the meat fell from the bone like butter. The Fries with Truffle Aioli Sauce (26AED) were also epic – mostly thanks to the heaven-sent aioli sauce. Wow.

From the (pretty expansive) desserts menu we tried the Knefe Arayis (34AED), which look exactly like spring rolls but taste like a perfect knefe, and Madloui2t Halawi (34AED) – caramelized pistachio biscuit topped with halawi mousse and cappuccino foam.

Sadly, the drinks didn’t quite match up to the food. The iced coffee (24AED) was nothing special – although the way it was served in a clear glass mug did remind us of mornings spent in Beirut drinking coffee and looking out over the streets of Mar Mikhaël. And the Strawberry Smoothie felt a little steeply priced at 32AED and tasted a little too sour.

The drinks wouldn’t stop us from returning though – we have to eat this food again. All and all K’Noon Business Bay is a great place to have a casual dinner or lunch with friends or colleagues and they serve breakfast from 10 am too. Add it to your hitlist here.

Insider tip: If the weather is nice, why not enjoy a shisha outside with a picture-perfect view of the Burj Khalifa?

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