Consider trying the local street food of Dubai if you are not into fine dining. But be sure to leave plenty of space in your tummy since the street food in the following restaurants will make you experience gastronomical bliss.
Al Mallah Restaurant – Dhiyafah Street
This Middle Eastern street food restaurant is famous for their special chicken shawarma (aed 7 for sandwich, aed 35 for plate). The Shawarma is basically sliced meat off a spit, like a kebab. It is available from 4pm onwards. The shish tawook (aed 9 for sandwich, 35 for plate) is also similar to shawarma/kebab, except it comes in chunks, not sliced. The wrap is very soft and gradually melts in your mouth. The cubes of chicken are beautifully marinated and smoky, and they are dipped in a well-balanced yogurt that isn’t too sour.
This seaside restaurant well known for its menu of deep-fried turmeric fish, sourish Assam curry and basmati rice. If you want more fish or rice, ask for it. The food is sure to leave you esctatic. The sour curry, mildly spicy, gives a high when eaten with the rich basmati rice. The is rice cooked with coconut milk and the fish is crispy fresh and well marinated.
This Pakistani restaurant is clearly famous for its nihari (aed 12) which is a with chicken curry and a flat bread like paratha and haleem (aed 12) is made of wheat, barley, meat (usually minced meat of beef or mutton or chicken), lentils and spices, sometimes rice is also used. This dish is slow cooked for seven to eight hours, which results in a paste-like consistency, blending the flavors of spices, meat, barley and wheat. The flavors take some getting used to since the bread is too thick and the curry not spicy enough.
The Karachi Darbar in Karama and other locations across Dubai serves one of the most authentic and mouth watering food and it just keeps getting better. This is fast, efficient homestyle cooking from the spice loving countries of Indian and Pakistan. The dishes served are full of thick, flavoursome sauces and traditional foods cooked in traditional vessels. It is offers affordable food that makes you keep wanting for more. And do not forget to order some lip-smacking lassi on the go.
Sheikh Mohammed Centre
For a fulfilling traditional breakfast, do visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre and help yourself to a spread of chickpeas, balaleet (a slightly sweet dish of egg and pasta), spiced bread, lgeimat (Arabic doughnuts), cream cheese made from camel milk and date syrup. Tea, Arabic coffee and water is served. Experience a very different side of Dubai that exudes Emirati life and Arab culture.