What is Koshari Point
Koshari Point is a cozy, contemporary café serving both traditional and modern Egyptian street food in the al Barsha side of town in Dubai.
It opened about a year ago but they’ve recently added some very contemporary twists to their classic Koshari menu. Already very popular with locals, the owners of Koshari Point want to spread the word further afield.
The inspiration to set up Koshari Point came from a trip to the UK where a small Koshari café in central London was doing a roaring trade!
Where can I find Koshari Point in Dubai
Koshari Point is located in Al Barsha, not far from the Mall of the Emirates. Here’s the Google Map reference showing the exact location.
What is Koshari Point?
Koshari comes from the Hindi word kicharee, which in turn means a mix of rice and lentils cooked together. The British brought kicharee to Egypt with them during the 19th century.
Apparently the Italian community in Egypt were responsible for the addition of pasta to the rice and lentil dish. But there is a version of Lebanese version of Koshari called Mujadara which consists mainly of rice and lentils and omits the pasta!
Now found on many street corners in Egypt, Koshari is still made of a mix of rice, lentils and pasta which is topped with a spicy tomato sauce and crispy, fried onions. The macaroni type pasta added to the dish makes it even more substantial than in it already is!
What should I eat at Koshari Point
Try some of the classic Koshari, you can customize it according to your liking or you try one of their new combinations. My dining partner tried the butter chicken Koshari and really liked it. I had just the classic Koshari but omitted the pasta. There is a selection of fresh salads you can eat with your koshari.
To drink I recommend the very refreshing Karkade desert rose drink. It’s made from dried desert roses and is very popular during Ramadan. I recommend diluting with water. It reminded me very much of a dry cranberry or lingonberry type drink. I really liked it.
Koshari Caters too
Koshari has a very good value takeaway box with a selection of eggs, salad, felafels, fouls, labneh with herbs and hot, fluffy Egyptian bread! Amazing value at only AED 48! Ask for the Point Box. Great idea for feeding hungry teenagers during the holidays!
They are also exhibiting at various street food markets in and around Dubai, including the Ripe market at Al Barsha park. You can treat your friends to Koshari from the Koshari Cart that can be hired if you’d like to cater at your home or venue.
From Sat to Wed 8 AM – 12 PM
Thurs and Friday 8 AM – 03 AM
No need to book, but there is limited seating. I think the late opening hours make it a great place to head for if you’re still hungry after a late night out! No coffee served here as yet though! And if you really want to avoid the carbs, then the salads and foul are still substantial and tasty.
Here’s Mustafa, one of the owners of Koshari Point tellin you a bit more about it:
Thank you Monica.