Three homegrown eateries in Dubai you need to try
Cool usually comes at a cost. And indeed it does elsewhere on this list. But not so at this trendy (and not too try-hard) café inside an unassuming hotel apartment block, which serves up the likes of avocado pizza and shakshouka tacos without the overblown industrial interiors. Açai bowls here are held in particularly high regard – and should be, given they start from AED36. Unlicensed.
Where: Auris Metro Central Hotel Apartments, Barsha Heights
Contact: +971 4 452 9529
Funked up Indian street food is having an extended moment across the city, and at the time of writing, Mohalla was the latest to peddle the trend. While the restaurant is committed to avoiding preservatives, food colouring, artificial sweeteners and enhancers, it doesn’t skimp on flavour. Jackfruit tacos in Gujarati flatbread, Bombay potato toasties, lamb kebab sliders… The menu combines the old and the uber-new, but keeps prices keen – especially so for the area.
Where: Building 5, d3
Contact: +971 4 427 2855
Try, if you can, to ignore the annoying punctuation in the name of this place, and focus on the menu. The warehouse-like interiors provide little distraction, so crack on and get stuck in. Chicken burgers (or ‘sando’, as they’re calling them) arrive looking every inch the Insta-addict’s dream post, with a giant golden fillet spilling generously in all directions from the potato bun housing it. The team here make their own pickles in a variety of brines, and they’re front and centre of the agenda. Gerkin-dodgers need not apply. Unlicensed.
Where: One JLT, JLT
Contact: +971 4 584 6859