Filful, Box Park, Al Safa

by Jannat & Pawan Manghnani on November 28th, 2016


Enjoy the authentic taste of Lebanese food inspired by the popular street food restaurants of Beirut!

Beirut streets are overflowing with tasty and flavourful foods, and filul is your ticket to them (short of hopping on a plane to Lebanon). As soon as you step inside filful, you know you’re somewhere special, somewhere where the old and the modern come together for an authentic experience like no other. The scenery, the staff and of of course, the food…you’ll never want to leave!

Oh the food…you know what we’re talking about. The kind that you dream of all day long, mouth watering until you can finally have them….shawarma, Foul wa Hummus, Manakeesh bi Zaatar, Beid bi Awarma…

But the real attraction is the filful or chilli… the strongman of that delectable street food… the one accompaniment that makes all the difference. You sometimes wonder whether anything will taste the same without it, not that you ever want to try of course.

Let filful spice up your life, to give you a taste of the days and nights on the city streets. Wake up to the Mankousheh bi Zaatar, or refuel for a night on the town with a Shawarma sandwich, both with filful, of course, filful-style!


Filful is an eccentric looking angular joint placed centrally to boxpark. It claims to be a contemporary twist on authentic Lebanese/Beiruti food! The joint is primarily colored in blue and red hues, that does give it a very fresh vibe! The have a very small indoor area, a decent enough outdoor space which is excellent, but they also have an upstairs area where I believe sheesha is served! 

We had a baby with us, and it was sad that they had no baby chairs to accommodate him. The staff took their own sweet time to clear the table that we chose to sit on and then disappeared. It was a good 15 mins before we spotted someone and asked them to get us the menu! 


After finally settling down, and grabbing our servers attention we were handed the menus, that were styled like newspapers, except with the menu on it as opposed to the news! Cute. 

We started with some Lemon-mint fresher without the sugar obviously for the women, and although it was too tart for my taste, they seemed to be loving it. 

We kept it basic for the rest of the menu and ordered classics,
Fattet Hummous:
Boiled chickpeas, garlic yogurt, fried bread, cumin and pine nuts.

I doubt I know someone who is not a fan of this dish! The chicken version is way better according to me, but the veg is not too bad either! Our relatives from India loved it and were actually relieved to realize there is something more to Lebanese cuisine than, hummous even is its another variation of Hummous.
Shish Tawook:
Marinated cubes of chicken, served with garlic paste, fries and bread

All time favorite. It is hard to mess this one, so we always order this. Filful version disappointed us, by being extremely dry and non-flavourful. Even the accompanied garlic paste did nothing for it. Sad.
Shawerma Plate: 
Chicken shards, bread and garlic paste.

Sadly, our chicken experience here just would not get itself right. This chicken too was dried up and super oily. We tried the paste and then we even tried hot sauce, but nothing would change the quality or even mask it a tad bit. 


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About AED75-100 Per PAX

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Phone –
04 3421221

Address –
​BOXPARK, Al Wasl Road, Al Safa, Dubai


The standard of the food is generally good but nothing is above average. While the staff is friendly, the service can be a bit overbearing at times! Although this fun-looking joint is open 24 hours, it is definitely not a bad choice for a quick bite of light Beiruti goodness at random hours. We would definitely come back if we are in the vicinity for some redemption with maybe some kibbeh's or manakish. 

Power Couple & Lifestyle Bloggers Jannat Manghnani (@PriyankaVidhani) & Pawan Manghnani (@AyaashPaw) love food. It's the only thing they eat. They embark on a unique adventure every evening trying to break free from the routine while soaking in a new experience, well detailed into blogs so friends & family can benefit from them. Read about the entire experience by checking out their various blogs. Remember, A drop of ink may make a million think.

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