If you’re Lebanese, chances are you can’t keep calm having read this headline. If you’re not, go share this news with your Lebanese friend/colleague/neighbor, see them scream in excitement and follow their lead. There’s no point in playing it cool when drool-worthy frozen delights from Bachir Ice Cream are in question.
The ice cream shop’s imminent Dubai launch has stirred up a level of excitement amongst the city’s Lebanese expats unmatched by anything before. Which is saying something considering there’s been a deluge of Beirut’s best in Dubai this last year, from popping nightspots to glamorous fine-dining restaurants.
The legendary 86-year-old ice cream parlour is now entering the fray to dazzle Dubai’s foodies with its scrummy scoops. Bachir Ice Cream’s signature flavors have seen fans willingly stick it out in long queues for hours. They swear that the wait is worth it for globs of lighter-than-air Ashta (whipped cream) ice cream crusted generously with crushed pistachios.
Or the chocolat mou – a diet-destroying sundae that’s just layer after layer of chocolate, whipped cream and chocolate syrup. On repeat.
Those are just the crème de la crème signature items from the 19 flavours that this classic Lebanese brand serves up. Fresh fruit-infused sorbets such as mango, peaches, strawberries and apricot, melon kiwi and for the more adventurous, there’s coffee, caramel, Oreo, and rose to cherry-pick from. Some of them even come with a sugar-free option, so you can enjoy that sweet life without the sugar crash.
So why does this soft serve have such a soft spot in the hearts of the Lebanese?
Bachir’s Ice Cream, or Bouza Bachir as the Lebanese fondly call it, is the neighborhood fixture that’s been part and parcel of every Lebanese national’s childhood and melts in with memories of field trips from school, Sunday afternoon treats after family lunches; it’s frosty relief synonymous with summer road trips.
This ice cream shop’s admirers are so far-flung that what started as a family-run business in the alpine town of Bikfaya way back in 1936 by brothers Maurice & Edward Bachir is now tantalising tastebuds around the world with a branch in Sao Paulo that opened up in 2021 and a Parisian outlet that welcomed ice cream lovers last month.
Besides Dubai, the ice cream brand is also gunning to launch in other emirates across the UAE. Details about the exact location of its Dubai branch are being kept tightly under wraps; however, we’ll be breaking the ice cream news right here. So keep this page bookmarked! But what we DO know is that to celebrate their arrival in the UAE, they’ll be launching a special new date flavour.
Until then, we can keep watching Bachir UAE’s official Instagram page where they keep teasing and tempting with image after image of luscious ice cream and imagine what they’d taste like.