Food in Dubai has an enormous variety. With a majority population of expats, the diversity is endless. You can find just about every kind of cuisine from around the world; Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Japanese, European, Continental, Italian, Arabic, and French to name a few. But if you’re visiting Dubai, make sure you experience local Emirati cuisine.
Emirati dishes are an amalgamation and representation of the mixed culture of Dubai. The best dishes stem from the Arabic origin, loved by the people of Dubai since ages, and is a beloved favourite of local Dubai residents. With an array of sumptuous options available for all budgets, starting from delicious street food, the best in fine dining options and the famous Dhow cruise dinner, Dubai is known for its culinary excellence. Here are a few of the best known Dubai eateries to satiate your Emirati appetite:
Belad Al Sham for Shawarma
Located at: Next to EPPCO, Near Union Co-Operative Society, Qusais
A place that serves the most beloved dish of the emirate- Shawarma cooked in its most original style, Belad Al Sham serves many other dishes but owes its popularity to Shawarma the most.The best way to spot the restaurant is by the huge crowd waiting in queue for their Shawarma. Shawarma is the most eaten food of Dubai and is the best option when you want to have a fulfilling lamb or chicken meal wrapped with colorful veggies and sauce, on the go. Cost for 2: AED 80
Zaroob for Manakish
Located at: Shop no.1, Jumeirah Tower Building, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area
A cozy place with amazing interiors that sets your mood for the evening and prepares your appetite for a feast. The service is attentive and waiters well informed. Zaroob offers a variety of delicious items to satiate your appetite but the place stands out for its lip- smacking Manakish. Other than that you can always try Lebanese specialties which are equally inviting. But remember to book in advance otherwise you might have to wait, as the restaurant gets quite busy, especially during weekends. And for you nightowls, this restaurant is open 24hours. Cost for 2: AED 110
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding – Cultural Meals
Located at: Al Mussallah Road | House 26, Al Fahidi District
One of the best places to understand the culture of Dubai through its food is the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. This space not only provides a deeper understanding about the history of Dubai and its people but also treats you with a variety of delicious dishes that hold great importance in the culture of Dubai. Opt for the Lunch and talk tour of the place. From Gahuwa Arabia (Arabic Coffee), Balateet, Chabab, Khamir, Machoos to the tasty Ligamat, Saloona and Mhammar, the place is ideal to taste the authentic Arabic cooking in a cultural environment.
Breakfast- every Monday & Wednesday at 10:00am AED 80 per person.
Lunch- every Sunday through Thursday at 1:00pm AED 90 per person.
Cultural Dinner- every Sunday, Tuesday, & Thursday evening at 7:00pm AED 100 per person.
Cultural Brunch- every Saturday at 10:30am AED 100 per person.
Logma- Kanafeh or Kunafa
Located at: BOXPARK, Al Wasl Road, Al Safa
Logma packs a powerful punch of great ambience, reasonable pricing and friendly staff with one of the best kunafas in the city. A great place to enjoy traditional Emirati cuisine in a contemporary setup, Logma is well known for friends and families coming for heavy full course meals that simply has to end with Kunafa. You may also want try the Emirati breakfast. Cost for 2: AED 150
Seven Sands for Harees
Located at: The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
Don’t be intimidated by the upscale decor, Seven Sands may look like a glitzy fine dining experience, but is reasonably priced for the excellent level of service, variety of cuisine and quality it provides. The ambience and spacious terrace sets the mood perfectly for the upcoming feast. An extremely attentive service staff not only ensure you fall in love with food in Dubai, but that you also enjoy warm hospitality. Seven Sands is renown for its Mutton Harees. Enjoy a lip-smacking meal with Harees while soaking up stunning sea views. If you are a Harees fan, then Seven Sands is clearly one of the best places to eat in Dubai. Cost for 2: AED 235
For some, it’s the promise of opulent shopping excursions, innovative attractions and a luxurious break from the humdrum of every day life that brings them to Dubai. For those seeking cultural meaning and authenticity, it’s the food in Dubai that gives them draws them in. From pocket friendly street food to the finest of dining experiences in the world, the food scene in Dubai is rivals that of any global city.
Guest Post provided by Neha Singh of Dubai Wikia, a portal providing the latest information on family entertainment, accommodation, attractions, shopping & events in Dubai.