ZAÁTAR – A QUICK SERVE AUTHENTIC LEBANESE RESTAURANT IN MUMBAI

Za’atar is a Quick Serve Lebanese restaurant that started out as a delivery kitchen in Bandra in June 2018. Founded by four friends, the inspiration behind Za’atar comes from the popular concept of hole in the wall falafel joints that you can find in most major cities of the world like Paris, New York, Amsterdam and London.

Jai Sarvaiya, one of the founders, feels that Bombay really lacked access to quality Lebanese food that was also quick and reasonably priced. Having studied in the States and spent a good five years there, he and his partners missed those delicious falafel carts in Chicago and shawarma stands in New York. They decided to fill this gap for authentic, tasty and affordable Lebanese food in India with Za’atar.

Za’atar started out as a delivery kitchen in Bandra, and just last month they opened their second 20 seater outlet in Mahalaxmi. With price points between INR 250/- to 500/-, Za’atar appeals to the youngsters like themselves who appreciate authentic Lebanese food which doesn’t burn a hole in their pocket. They are also discovering that there is a huge untapped potential of people in India who might not know more about the cuisine beyond hummus and falafel – but are open to trying different dishes like the muhammara, moutabel and their personal favourite – the different types of manakeesh.

On the menu they have a wide range of hot and cold mezze’s and shawarmas, both vegetarian (jain included) as well as non vegetarian. They also have a build your own section, for a convenient single portion, customised meal. They believe in using the finest quality ingredients – with all their spices and seasonings being sourced from the Middle East.

Their best sellers include Falafels, Chicken Shawarma and Hummus; the Avocado Hummus is unquestionably my favourite! And their Labneh Za’atar Manakeesh and Muhammara come highly recommended too.  For dessert, the Dark Chocolate Hummus with crispy fried cinnamon-sugar pita chips is a clear winner. Drop in to their outlets tomorrow for some free baklava as they proudly celebrate their one year anniversary.

You can visit their outlets in Mahalxmi or Bandra or order in from Scootsy, Swiggy or Zomato. For more information check out their instagram page @zaatarmumbai.

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