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Dine like a local in Dubai

8 August 2023

These local Dubai gems offer a glimpse into the authentic flavours of Dubai and the wider region. From traditional Emirati cuisine to beloved Pakistani flavours, each restaurant provides a unique and tasty dining experience that captures the essence of the local culture.

Al Fanar Restaurant and Cafe:

Specialty Dish: Al Harees

Highlights: Experience authentic Emirati cuisine, with Al Harees being a traditional dish of slow-cooked meat and wheat, infused with aromatic spices.

Ravi Restaurant:

Specialty Dish: Butter Chicken

Highlights: A beloved Pakistani restaurant, famous for its flavourful Butter Chicken, served with naan or rice, and a range of delectable curries.


Specialty Dish: Khaleeji Breakfast

Highlights: Indulge in a traditional Khaleeji Breakfast, featuring dishes like balaleet (sweet vermicelli), chebab (Emirati pancakes), and eggs.

Arabian Tea House Restaurant & Cafe:

Specialty Dish: Al Harees with Lamb Shank

Highlights: Enjoy a modern twist on traditional Emirati dishes, with Al Harees featuring tender lamb shank, slow cooked in wheat and spices.


Specialty Dish: Lamb Machbous

Highlights: Delve into the flavours of Emirati cuisine with Lamb Machbous, a fragrant rice dish cooked with tender spiced lamb.

Al Ustad Special Kebab:

Specialty Dish: Mixed Grill Platter

Highlights: Experience a sumptuous Mixed Grill Platter featuring an array of succulent kebabs and grilled meats.

Al Marhabani Restaurant & Cafe:

Specialty Dish: Mandi

Highlights: Indulge in Mandi, a traditional Yemeni rice dish with tender meat (usually chicken or lamb), infused with aromatic spices.

“We believe that the best way to see a new country is to have the best local knowledge before you go.”


Dining like a local offers a captivating journey into the heart of a culture, allowing you to connect with a destination on a deeper level. Beyond savouring exquisite flavours, it provides a window into traditional culinary practices, regional ingredients, and time-honoured recipes passed down through generations.

Embracing local dining customs fosters a sense of community, as you share meals in authentic settings cherished by residents. By immersing yourself in the local food scene, you will enrich your travel experience.

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