As a melting pot of different races, religions and cultures, Dubai is only second to New York. This amply reflects in its cuisine which is so varied, you would be pleasantly surprised at the variety on offer.
Here’s a handy guide to places you can eat in Dubai.
One of the best places to eat in Dubai, is the Tom & Serg in Al Quoz, behind the industrial warehouses and Ace Hardware. It’s stripped down location only means that the food is everything but. You won’t regret coming here.
Another one of the best places to eat in Dubai is TOMO. This 17th floor restaurant serves up stunning views of the Burj Khalifa and a fantastic crispy Japanese-style fried chicken. We recommend you sign off this experience with a green tea cake and vanilla ice cream.
Aprons & Hammers is also one of the more interesting places to eat in Dubai. Located at the DIMC Seyahi, this is the only outpost at which alcohol is allowed. All you have to do is come in, wear an apron and use a hammer to crack a bucketful of lobster, crabs, shrimp and mussels. Lots of big celebrations happen here, so if you’re celebrating a birthday or an anniversary, this is the place to be.
If you haven’t ticked a Nobu off your list by now, then it is yet another one of the good places to eat in Dubai. We recommend the Moroccan shrimp tangine – it’s a bit of Japan with a bit of Dubai, all in one dish.
For a touch of local flavour, visit the Arabian Tea House Café in the Al Fahidi neighbourhood. Sit back in this former house of a pearl merchant as you drink and eat Emirati cuisine.
Tip: Do check out its framed photographs of old Dubai. They’re as fascinating as the menu.
If you like to have dinner served buffet style while you cruise on Dubai Creek, book a dinner along with a tour and children’s entertainment thrown in. Drown in delicious flavours as you watch the Dubai skyline go by. An unforgettable experience.
Firas Sweets is a friendly place and offers several sweet samples so you can decide which one to go for. Try their fragrant vermicelli or their cheesy kunafa and watch yourself coming back for more.
Din Tai Fung is just outside the Mall of Emirates and serves up world-class momos at an affordable price. Shop till you drop and refuel here.
Al Ustaad Persian Kebab is a no-frills Iranian eatery that dishes out fantastic Persian cuisine. Everyone who is a foodie in Dubai heads here for kebabs that have been cooked to perfection.
For those on the hunt for cheap places to eat in Dubai, visit the 2nd December Street. For those who are partial to Lebanese or would like to get a taste of it first-hand, we recommend Al Mallah for its Shawarmas and Manakeesh for their koftas and mixed grill.
Ortego’s Grill is also on this street. It is a Filipino favourite serving Kabayan cuisine. One trip to it will tell you why. For more options on this street, stop by at the Pars Iranian kitchen or Ravi restaurant.
Dubai’s culinary offerings are rich and varied. No matter what your taste or budget, you’ll get plenty of options to complete your culinary Dubai trip.