The choices are endless when it comes to eating out in Dubai. There is such a wide variety of amazing cuisines from Indian to Italian & Thai so it’s easy to get overwhelmed, but don’t worry we have you covered. Follow the My Baggage guide to eating out in Dubai and you’ll be able to have the ultimate dining experience, whatever your budget.
For £20 Per Person Or Less
There are many places where you can enjoy food on a budget. Enjoying a meal in Dubai doesn’t have to just be for the big spenders. Below we have put together our favourite budget places that cost from £20 or less.
For what it lacks in charisma on the outside, this local gem in the neighbourhood of Satwa is known for serving up Pakistani and Indian street food. A perfect example of everyday Dubai, without the glitz and glamour. Please note, that they do not serve alcohol.
Tom & Serg
Enjoy some of the freshest coffee and tastiest brunch dishes at this cool, industrial hangout in Al Quoz. Forget the chain coffee shops, Tom & Serg is founded by Australians Tom Arnel & Serigio Lopez. Things here are done to a certain standard, it’s grown in popularity and has brought a new fan base to coffee culture in Dubai.
Bu Qtair Cafe
Situated right on the atmospheric Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, this popular seafood restaurant offers incredible flavours and spicy fish and shrimp that will make you forget they don’t even serve alcohol.
Enjoy award winning South Indian cuisine at Calicut Paragon. This restaurant boasts a varied menu including vegetarian dishes. It is budget friendly and offers great food portions. Don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations from the friendly staff.
£40 PP Or Less
If you’re feeling a little flash not very flush then we have places for you. Below we’ve picked our favourite restaurants where you can enjoy fine dining with fine prices, all available at £40 per person or less.
Reem Al Bawadi
This modern and relaxed Middle Easten chain has three locations across Dubai including Downtown, Jumeirah Beach and the Dubai Marina. Enjoy meze food and order a variety of dishes to share, we recommend the Labneh, Moussaka and Chicken Liver. Reem Al Bawadi won the most affordable dining category for the What’s On Dubai Awards for both 2014 and 2015, so you know it won’t break the bank.
Combine sushi with anime and manga at this Japanese restaurant in the Beach Park Plaza Centre. The restaurant features a collection of contemporary artwork and a monochrome interior unlike anywhere else you’ll find in Dubai. Watch the action unfold at the sushi bar and enjoy a variety of sushi platters including Nigiri and Sashimi dishes.
If you’re after authentic Italian food then look no further than Bussola. This upper deck pizzeria in the Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina offers an incredible backdrop which is worth every penny. Enjoy traditional stone baked pizza and antipasti. There’s also a lounge bar for cocktails and the opportunity to indulge in a fine dining experience.
£50 PP Or More
Why not push the boat out? If you’re in for a treat then Dubai is the perfect place to indulge in some luxury dining. Below we’ve put together a few of our favourites available from £50 per person.
Enjoy an award winning fine dining experience on the 68th floor of the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel. This high-end steakhouse boasts breathtaking views of the Dubai skyline and premium artisan produce. Expect prime Ribeye and Japanese Striploin. If you’re after affordable luxury why not make use of their daily early bird offer? (three courses from 6-7pm).
Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine at this charming restaurant that overlooks the Dubai Fountain and Burj Lake. You’ll be spoilt for choice, with an array of aromatic curries, noodles, stir fries and seafood to choose from.
Enjoy Michelin star quality at the Rang Mahal with chef Atul Kochhar presenting an exciting menu of modern Indian dishes. Located on the fourth floor of the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel you just simply have to try the Chana Gosht and Lobster Malai Curry.
Stay By Yannick Alleno
If you want luxury with no bounds then get yourself to Stay. Here you will enjoy a French dining experience hosted by Yannick Alleno a three times Michelin starred chef. Indulge in tasting menus and sharing tables and if that’s not all they also have a pastry library. Located in One&Only The Palm, you are greeted with a luxurious interior of vaulted ceilings, plush fabrics and the focus on the heart of your culinary journey.
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