The Dubai Food Festival is here and we are drooling over what all to try out. Before we get digging into the scrumptious food all around, a bit of gyaan about what the Dubai Food Festival is all about. The Dubai Food Festival is going to be an extravaganza that will celebrate food all over the city from 23rd Feb-11th Mar 2017. There are going to be a plethora of fine-dine restaurants who will be offering their set menus at a discount. In addition to that, there will be masterclasses along with beach canteens and city picnics. We tell you the best places to try out the food this festival.
Kaak Al Manara
The Kaak is one of the famous of Arabian dishes. This famed traditional Lebanese bread is stuffed with a variety of sweet and savoury fillings. Not only that, you get the whole gamut of Lebanese food ranging from Zataar, Manoushe and others.
Where: 1st Floor, Mercato Mall, Jumeirah 1, Dubai
Cost: INR 1600
Desi Adda is your one stop solution to trying out some of the best Mughlai food that there is. Although the Middle East offers you a plethora of Arabian food, it is very different to the Mughlai food you find in the subcontinent. The must try includes the rolls, especially the Chicken Seekh Kebab roll along with the Boti Kebab rolls. If in the mood, you can alaso try out the Beef versions.
Where: Shop 3, Building P6, Damascus Street, Qusais, Dubai
Cost for 2: INR 900
Tuk Tuk Thai
Located in the food court of Uptown Mirdiff Mall, this Thai restaurant offers incredible cuisine at a very reasonable price. From the good old Tod Mun Pla (Fish cakes along with sweet chilli sauce) to Som Tum Thai (the refreshing raw papaya salad), this place offers you everything Thai.
Where: Food Court, Uptown Mirdiff Mall, Mirdif, Dubai
Cost for 2: INR 1800
The Smokin’ 9
Strutting around in Dubai brings out the beef lover in me. The Smokin’ 9 is the perfect place to try out 100% Angus beef burgers. Although the actual burgers are pretty hefty in size and quite filling, they also have a range of mini burgers that allows you to try out a plethora of them. The Beef Box had nine burgers spread over four different types. The Agnes combines the meat with grilled onions while the Mighty has a steak tartare sauce. The Frenchie on the other hand is laced with Dijon mustard and sauteed mushrooms but my favourite Don Gonzola combines the beef with blue cheese. You can also find a range of Chicken and Vegetarian burgers here along with a plethora of sides.
Where: Al Seef 2, Cluster U, Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), Dubai
Cost: INR 1000
I first tried out the ramen burger at Guppy by ai and totally fell in love with it. This modern representative of Japanese food can be found at Yakitate. Tucked away in the Al Ghurair Centre Extension, Al Rigga, this Japanese bakery serves all manner of delicious treats from sushi to ramen burgers alongside a host of baked items. But most of what I love at this restaurant are the desserts. The Cream Bun filled with sweet cream and topped off with almonds along with the Matcha Red Bean with Mochi and Math Melon Bun are something that you should definitely try out.
Where: Shop E3, Ground Floor, Al Ghurair Centre Extension, Al Rigga, Dubai
Cost for 2: INR 1800
A lot of Indians travelling abroad have a huge problem with finding vegetarian food. Serving only vegetarian Indian cuisine, Rasoi Ghar is fast-becoming an institution in Al Karama with people enjoying a range of different Indian food from thaalis to desserts. The fixed thaalis are on from Thursday to Saturday and are something that you must try out. The restaurant focuses exclusively on the Marwari and Gujarati cuisines. There is also a small sweet shop where we bought all the ingredients to satisfy our mithai craving.
Where: Zainal Mohebi Plaza, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road, Opposite Centrepoint, Al Karama, Dubai
Cost: INR 1500
If you are a food lover and that too in Dubai, you have to try out the Middle Eastern fare, that is except the Lebanese. As there has been a tremendous influx of Lebanese immigrants into America, this cuisine has shot to fame all over the world. But, what you need to realize is that Lebanon is just but a tiny part of Middle East. There are a plethora of other cuisines out there to be explored. Open until 3am daily, Aroos Damascus offers a wide range of some of the most iconic dishes from the Middle East region. Situated in Al Muraqqabat, the restaurant is a bit of an institution, drawing in a large local crowd! The Kebabs and the Hummus Beiruti are must tries.
Where: Near Clock Tower, Al Muraqqabat, Dubai
Cost: INR 1800
The Acai Spot
Acai palm is a tree indigenous to Brazil and the deep purple Acai berry has shot to fame all over the world. To taste this marvelous berry and the creations fashioned around it, you have to try The Acai Spot. A Brazilian restaurant with a menu full of healthy food including Acai dishes along with quinoa and fresh juices. We tried out the Acai topped with granola and berried. The slightly sticky texture against the crunch of the granola and the sour berries is a marvel in itself. We also tried out the Acai Fruit Mix, a blend of the fruit with Greek Yogurt.
Where: Shop 20, Centurion Star Tower, Port Saeed, Deira City Centre Area, Dubai
Cost: INR 1100
Al Ustad Special Kebab
No trip of ours is ever complete without trying out Kebabs. This time around, we find out one of the Iranian legends. One of Dubai’s oldest restaurants, this place is famed for it’s authentic kebabs which the team has been serving up from the Meena Bazaar location for years. We find the original Chelo Kebab (made famous by Kolkata’s Peter Cat) here along with the saffron laced Joujeh Kebab.
Where: Near Musalla Tower, Al Musalla Road, Meena Bazaar, Dubai
Cost: INR 1250
Singapore Deli Café
After an overdose of Indian and Middle Eastern food, we were in the mood for some Asian grub. Open from midday to midnight daily, this place is rated for it’s authentic dishes heralding from Singapore and Malaysia. The Chicken Satay and the Nasi Lemak are our recommendations.
Where: Behind Pizza Hut, Opposite Burjuman Centre, Al Karama, Dubai
Cost: INR 1800
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