Dubai Food: The Rundown
Jul 20 , 2011
Dubai is a popular destination for world travelers and expats, who bring their food traditions and backgrounds with them. With so many restaurants in the city, picking places to eat in Dubai can be a challenge. Check out this quick rundown of Dubai food, with tips on what to eat.
Pakistani food that is cheap and plentiful. Those who don’t like spicy food need not inquire.
Purveyor of excellent Lebanese food. In the cooler months (January and February), its outdoor seating is a treat.
Seafood with a Portuguese twist. Order the jumbo prawns and expect to be amazed.
Great mid-priced Japanese food. The most popular Dubai food amongst Japanese visitors and expats, which is as good an indication of quality as any.
If you can overlook the bland décor and obnoxious ‘80s-era soundtrack, you’ll enjoy well-executed, classic Persian food. Order anything with lamb in it.
Some might call it cliché, but dining on the beach takes Beach Bar’s excellent Dubai food to the next level. Try the local fish, or the wagyu beef.
Another great choose for Lebanese food. One of the more common chains amongst the Dubai food scene, it is famous for its lamb chops.
If you’re craving noodles, head to Yum! in the InterContinental Dubai and try some of the best in the city.
Rock Bottom Café
60’s-style décor with a modern, hip clientele. Frequently hosts bands, although rocking out while you eat a steak can feel a little strange.
Luxury Indian dining. Expect to pay high prices for excellent food, and to receive arguably the best service of any restaurant in Dubai.
Best place for classic Dubai food, if such a thing still exists. Traditional Gulf-sourced dishes, fresh squeezed juices, and hookahs with over two dozen shisha flavors.
Royal Thai food with prix-fixe menus. Make sure to try the hot prawn soup (Tom Yam Gung). Dress to impress, or risk feeling out of place.
Steakhouse that is popular amongst residents, but underrated by visitors. More reasonable prices than other steakhouses in Dubai. Great waterfront view.
New world French cuisine by celebrity-chef Michael Rostang. Fantastic food, but expect to pay for quality – some of the most expensive Dubai food you’ll find.
Oldest Chinese restaurant in Dubai. Come for dim sum and the buffet lunch on Fridays for one of the better value meals around.
One of Dubai’s most famous restaurants – the culinary child of famous chef Gordon Ramsey. Food is adventurous, expensive, and pretentious. Prepare to pay top dollar and mingle amongst the upper echelon of Dubai’s elite.
Jabal al Noor
Chain of restaurants offering Middle Eastern fast food. Cheap place for Dubai food, and you’ll get a kick out of the drink menu’s strange names.
Order the biryani. It’s the best in Dubai.
Family-run restaurant serving Lebanese food late into the night. Also serves breakfast, and its outdoor seating is popular in cooler weather.
It’s glory days were in the mid-‘90s, but Pancho’s Villa still serves Dubai’s best Tex-Mex. Order the chicken fajitas.