23 October 2017
Satisfy your hunger with a trip to multicultural Dubai. A glitzy cosmopolitan city, Dubai is a major destination for any foodie, with culinary attractions that will make your mouth water…
Dubai has a high expat population, so you can try various dishes from around the world. For something familiar, order the carrot cake at The Lime Tree Café in Jumeirah – it’s legendary! Transport your palate to the Far East by tasting the ‘xiaolongbao’ steamed buns at Din Tai Fung in the Mall of the Emirates – a megastructure where you can find various types of global cuisine. Top picks also include Canadian restaurant Beavertails on Kite Beach, which makes delicious doughy pastry treats.
For a standout romantic meal, visit Pierchic in Jumeirah. Here you can dine on seafood dishes like lobster paella by Arabian Gulf waters. Treat your partner to a night in 1950s-era Paris at La Môme Dubai, tasting elegant French desserts such as Crème Brulée. Enjoy sunset views of the iconic Burj Kalifah with your loved one at Scape Restaurant, which serves first-rate Californian fusion cuisine like Hamachi Crudo with ponzu.
Dubai has a vibrant coffee culture for you to embrace. It’s home to the Dubai Coffee Museum, where you can learn about the drink’s long history. Coffee lovers often flock to the Al Quoz industrial area, home to coffee joints like Tom & Serg – known for its flat whites – and specialist coffee bar Café Rider, which roasts its own beans creating unique flavours. In Al Quoz you’ll also find Seven Fortunes, where you can try blends like Ethiopian Aricha coffee from regions like Africa.
Find authentic tastes by sampling hand-held street food around Dubai. There’s a unique street food truck park called Last Exit on Sheikh Zayed Road where you can enjoy everything from burgers and kebabs to Neapolitan-style pizzas and gelato in a chilled atmosphere. Kite Beach in Jumeirah is a good place to visit as it’s home to the iconic SALT, where you can enjoy treats like fries while listening to DJs spin top tunes. Visit between November and April and catch the weekly TruckersDXB event, where the offerings range from tacos to Pakistani soul food at random locations across Dubai.
One of the best times to visit Dubai is from late February to early March when the city holds its annual Dubai Food Festival. This designed to introduce you to the city’s diverse culinary scene. The Dubai Food Festival 2018 will be held from 22 February to 10 March and will include events such as the ‘Taste of Dubai,’ where you can watch live cooking demonstrations and sample dishes created by some of Dubai’s best chefs.
One of the most popular local delicacies in Dubai is camel meat, prepared in a variety of styles. Try exotic dishes such as camel burgers at the Local House in Al Bastakiya and camel stir fry at The Farm in the City of Arabia. Taste other Middle Eastern staples while you’re here including falafel, hummus and kebabs – you can buy mouth-watering kebabs at places such as Al Ustad in Dubai’s old town.
If you like your food hot, Dubai’s the city for you as most dishes include spicy ingredients. Test your taste buds with trips to eateries such as Pitfire Pizza in Jumeirah Lakes Towers – known for its signature jalapeño and chilli flake ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ creation and Smiling BKK, two Dubai restaurants which serve spicy Thai cuisine like Tom Yum Soup. We’d also recommend you try Pakistani restaurant Hot n’ Spicy in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, which is famous for serving favourites such as spicy chutney.
Another fantastic spot for spicy food enthusiasts is the Dubai International Finance Centre area. It’s home to chic eatery Mint Leaf of London – whose ‘pataka’ chicken wings will light up your taste buds, while nearby you can discover American restaurant Wings and Rings, where you can sample their super-hot signature ‘1 million sauce’. The Dubai International Finance Centre boasts a range of premium eateries for discerning guests with everything from sophisticated cafes to French fine dining.