Chicken Tikka Inn!: Indian Treat!
A must for Indian Food lovers in Dubai!
Chicken Tikka Inn is the oldest charcoal barbeque grill restaurant chain in the U.A.E. It was established in 1972 in Dubai and serves a variety of traditional Indian chicken, mutton and vegetarian dishes. It's praised for the fast service and freshness of the food.
Favorite Dish: Butter Naan, Mixed Sabzi, Butter Chicken and Kababs.Related to:
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The Bagel Bar: Coffee shop and bagels
If you're staying in the south-eastern section of Dubai Marina you're in the last section to be developed with food outlets - but it's happening now.
At last there's a choice of coffee houses and restaurants open or being prepared to open. Most are on the marina promenade but a good new coffee house has opened one street back, in Manchester Tower across the road from the big new, and beautiful, mosque. It's not far from Byblos hotel, Lotus Apartment Hotel and several others.
There's a good choice of coffee, tea and cold drinks, a huge bagel menu, paninis, toasties, salads and soup.
A good size, well-designed inside area plus outside seating.
Flow Kitchen: Dinner buffet on The Palm
Dinner buffet for AED185pp on The Palm Jumeirah at the Fairmont hotel is a typical hotel international buffet.
Good quality food, reasonable choices but a bit uninspiring. Hotel buffets in Dubai used to be exceptional, now they're all very similar and fairly bland.
However, for tourists who aren't used to them they offer 'as much as you can eat' with a good choice of dishes and they seem to thoroughly enjoy the experience.
Certo: Hotel Italian
Certo has rave reviews from plenty of people and so we've tried it twice...and it was a big disappointment. My feeling is that the reviews are because it has a huge wine list, one of the biggest I've seen.
The food is good quality, as you expect from a quality hotel, but certainly not exceptional. Staff are, at best, competent.
Realistically it's very much a business hotel and the restaurant reflects that - businesslike, cold and impersonal. That applies to the design, the lighting, the service, the whole ambience.
So, while the food is top quality it really isn't a restaurant we'll go back to.
Favorite Dish: The pasta is pretty ordinary. Better are Risotto Zucca e Pancetta, risotto with pumpkin, pancetta, scallops, and Corona d’Agnello, rack of lamb with potatoes & red cabbage.
Costa: Excellent coffee
We first came across Costa Coffee in the UK and found it to be about the best coffee available there.
The chain is expanding across Dubai and you'll find a branch in many areas, including the airport and most malls.
In addition to the excellent coffee they offer an array of typical coffee shop cakes and snacks.
Variety at Dubai Marina
If you're staying in New Dubai, maybe on the hotel strip along Jumeirah Beach, one of Dubai's amazing huge new developments you should visit for food is Dubai Marina. It has the largest concentration of restaurants in Dubai and especially in the evenings and at weekends it's buzzing with activity.
There are now restaurants open or about to open all around the seven kilometres of promenade around the marina. But the two main concentrations are, on the beach side of the marina, The Walk, a string of cafes & restaurants extending more than one kilometre. Then across one of the bridges to the other side of the marina is the first part of Dubai Marina to be completed, confusingly named Marina Walk, which also has a huge range of eating places, from cafes & restaurants to ice cream.
Sheesha is available at many of the restaurants and cafes in Marina Walk.
There's a choice of outdoor or indoor tables, and the choice includes a growing number of Arabic restaurants, Thai, Indian, Chinese, Iranian, Pakistani, Japanese, Italian, South African, seafood, international, Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Baskin Robbins ice cream...and the list is growing all the time as new places open.
We haven't been to them all of course but I've written Tips about individual restaurants that we have tried.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah: Breathtaking surroundings, great food.
Madinat Jumeirah is a stunning new complex of hotels, villas, shops, souks, restaurants, cafes.
A great experience is to eat in the outdoor area of Souk Madinat, which the surrounding restaurants & cafes service. It overlooks the waterway and amphitheatre. You can order a full meal, or have just a coffee or a fruit juice.
Favorite Dish: Mine, as always, is shish tawook, hommos, Arabic bread and salad plus lemon & mint juice, which I order from Al Makkan restaurant. We also often eat at Dome, an Aussie coffee shop/restaurant chain. They have a variety of Asian and Western dishes plus, IMO, the best coffee.c*
Burjuman food court: Wide choice, good price, quality food.
I usually stay clear of shopping mall food courts, but the one at Burjuman Shopping Centre in Bur Dubai is an exception. If you're shopping or sightseeing and want a quick, good, inexpensive meal, it's an excellent place to visit. There's a choice of Arabic, Indian, Japanese, Mexican, seafood, burgers, fried chicken, a fresh juice bar, Baskins Robbins ice cream. All excellent, all inexpensive.
There's a non-smoking area, a relief after being surrounded by smokers almost everywhere.
The photos are taken from their website.
Favorite Dish: Weve eaten here several times and have three favourite places... Fish World, where the fish is fresh and beautifully cooked. My favourite is grilled hamour, at Dh28, Geina's the deep-fried crispy baby calamari, only Dh10, or Grilled Chicken & saffron rice, Dh20.
Al Baiq is excellent for Arabic food. Our favourite is shish tawook & hommos.
Then of course Baskins Robbins ice cream, Praline & Cream to finish.
Fresh fruit juice from The Mix juice bar - watermelon or green apple being our favourites, Dh12 large/Dh10 small.
Bake Inn Cafe: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, AND a Bakery!
The Bake Inn Cafe consists of a bakery and a restaurant, both designed in "mexican casa" style. Walking in, you will first notice the large glass counter, displaying a huge variety of baked goods, including bread, cakes, and all sorts of goodies.
On the other side is the restaurant, with a cozy and inviting European-style atmosphere and friendly (mostly Filipino and Indian) staff. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner (mostly continental European foods), as well as Croissants, Pizza, and Fatayers.
Overall the restaurant is very inviting, cozy, and clean, with friendly service, and good food.
Favorite Dish: We had cream of chicken soup and lentil soup, and shared the fish-platter. The food was excellent and plenty for 2.Related to:
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Shamiana: Best Butter Chicken in Dubai
Shamiana is the Hindi word for a wedding tent where food is served.
This is not really a restaurant, but it is a fast-food place in the Bur Juman food court. You go up to the counter, place your order, and when your number is called you go and pick up the food on a tray, served on plastic plate with plastic utensils.
Not quite the exquisitely fine dining of a top restaurant, but the food is delicious.
Besides the Bur Juman, Shamiana is also at the following locations:
Deira City Centre
Dubai Knowledge Village
Al Reef Mall
Ibn Battuta Mall
Favorite Dish: Butter Chicken. No - it's not really chicken soaked in butter, but it is chicken in a buttery curry sauce. Served with Naan and rice, this is simply delicious.Related to:
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Al Reef Bakery: Zataar - A taste of Lebanon
Al Reef is a lebanese bakery and fast food restaurant. It's a great place to go for a midnight snack after bar-hopping (open 24 hours). You order at the counter, when they call you, you pick up your food, and then you get settled in the orange plastic-chairs. Bright light will guarantee that any romance that might have built up throughout the evening will be destroyed. BUT - the food is good. Unless that is of course, you do what I did: let Ash order for you. YIKES!!!!
Favorite Dish: Zataar - a typical lebanese flat-bread, piled up with goodies, folded, and then baked. Our friends ordered meat-filled, which was delicious; hot with cheese melting all over the place (mouth watering from the thought of it). For us, Ash, the local expert, ordered authentic lebanese food; it was, well - WEIRD! (see picture)Related to:
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Tahiti - Polynesian Restaurant: Seafood Extravaganza
Buffet type of polyniesian restaurant serving wide variety of fresh seafood cooked at the spot by a professional chef. Also has a wide variety of sushi bar, and some salads. During the special promotions the restaurant will have a unlimited food and drinks (inclusing alcoholic) for around $40-45 per person. A great deal, considering that alcoholic drinks are served only in selected restaurants in hotels.
Favorite Dish: Clams, calamari, shrimps, sushi, etc. Cooked before you and fresh.
The restaurant has a live entertainment - exptic dancers, though as you drink the drum beats become more harassing.:)Related to:
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Planet Hollywood: Captain Crunch Chicken Strips?
Just like every other Planet Hollywood I have been in except a lot smaller. It has none of the panache of the one on Wilshire at Rodea in LA or even the NY or Orange County venues.
In fact it was a bit shabby in comparison. The movie artifacts were all from "B" movies with the exception of a full armor suit from the movie "The Fifth Element".
Favorite Dish: I love the Captain Crunch chicken strips but they don't serve them here. They also don't serve the pulled pork sandwich and that's a bummer.Related to:
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The Noodle House: Oodles Noodles
Always a busy place, you cannot book a table.It first come first serve restaurant. Open air cooking, canteen bench seating, very casual, noisy yet the food is fantastic! To order, you just have to tick on the menu and give to the waitress.Fast and easy!
Favorite Dish: Dim Sum, be it vegetarian or chicken or prawn, you must have them as a starter. For main course, flat noodles (char kuey teow) fried with beef, chicken or seafood. You can ask your level of spiciness even though it stated on the menu. Its very tasty. If you think the spice is not enough, there's selections of chillies, chillie paste, ginger and garlic on the table.
Mosaico: Minimalist Italian at decent price
Medium price and quality Italian.
All food very rich but there is something for most people and the service is usually fairly good if rather impersonal and hurried.
Children very welcome, casual dining overlooking pool.
The name comes from the gorgeous mosaics both indoors and outdoors and all over the floor, made from 2 million Chinese tiles they say!
The Friday brunch is excellent value indeed at something like 89 dirhams and eating outdoors in the cooler months is fabulous by the round ball and long channel fountain.
As with everywhere in Dubai, the wine is what pushes up the price but you can have just the one glass!
Favorite Dish: Giant breadsticks and long focaccia to start, served in a giant stainless steel screw shaped holder.Related to:
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