Dubai

Top 5 street food gems in Dubai

Head street-side for a taste of authentic Dubai
An institution to foodies and those hungry for a more local flavour, 2nd of December Street is a bustling kilometre-and-a-half stretch of road in Satwa, home to old-school eateries and international homestyle cuisines. Formerly called Al Diyafah Street – officially re-named in 2011 to honour the UAE’s 40th National Day – the area is a melting pot of Far East, Levantine and South-east Asian influences. You’ll find no fine-dining white tablecloths here, but if you want to embrace delicious, affordable dishes served with a smile, watch this street come alive after sunset.
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Moreish manakeesh

Al Mallah

Moreish manakeesh

Al Mallah

Irresistible Arabic and Lebanese favourites

Al Mallah is well regarded as one of the city’s best Lebanese restaurants – not just for the shawarmas (wraps) and manakeesh (flatbreads) – but for boasting front row seats to people watching along 2nd of December Street. A warning, their shawarmas and manakeesh are addictive, so you’d better order more than just one. Those in a hurry (and with a car) can park out front and place their takeaway order with an attentive waiter, but we recommend dining in: the hearty mixed grill, kofta and flatbread, washed down with a fresh juice, is best experienced while immersed in the local action.
Contact Details
  2nd of December St, West of Satwa Roundabout
  +971 4 398 4723

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Kabayan cuisine

Ortego’s Grill

Kabayan cuisine

Ortego’s Grill

An East Asian adventure for serious foodies

Ortego’s Grill is fast becoming a Filipino favourite with their modern take on Kabayan (local Filipino) cuisine. Adventurous diners should head for the restaurant’s street food grill for the authentic taste of skewered marinated chicken feet, liver and hearts, flame-grilled to perfection and served with a generous side portion of rice. Feeling like something lighter? Grab a Buko Juice (young coconut milk) as you catch the latest Tagalog talk shows on large screens, all adding to the atmosphere.
Contact Details
  Mankhool Road, North of Satwa Roundabout
  +971 4 342 5109
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Sweet treats

Firas Sweets

Sweet treats

Firas Sweets

Try one of the region’s most-loved sweets

Firas Sweets serves up generous portions of bright orange kunafa, with just the right balance of savoury and sweet. Most cultures across the Middle East claim a version of this traditional Levantine dish, but all involve a combination of gooey, soft cheese topped with crisp-fried vermicelli soaked in cardamom, rosewater and sugar syrup. Make sure you eat kunafa while it’s hot, so the cheese remains deliciously stretchy. At Firas, you’ll find the bakers are more than willing to take you through the selection on offer, with plenty of free samples before you decide.
Contact Details
  2nd of December St, East of Al Wasl Road
  +971 4 358 0489

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Succulent kebabs

Pars Iranian Kitchen

Succulent kebabs

Pars Iranian Kitchen

Taste Iran’s take on the grilled kebab

Pars Iranian Kitchen is tucked away at the far end (Trade Centre Roundabout) of the street and is certainly worth tracking down. One of Pars’ most popular meals is the Iranian kebab served with a generous heap of rice and accompaniments like tomatoes, pickles, lime and chillies. Take the waiter’s suggestion of a plate of mint leaves; they go surprisingly well with the meal. The restaurant is a favourite with families and large groups, so it’s best to book ahead of time if you're visiting on a Friday or Saturday (weekend) evening.
Contact Details
  2nd of December St, before Satwa Roundabout
  +971 4 398 8787
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Local favourite

Ravi Restaurant

Local favourite

Ravi Restaurant

Don’t miss this Dubai institution

Ravi, named after the river that flows through both India and Pakistan, may look unassuming on the outside but offers one of the city’s best interpretations of traditional Pakistani fare. Grab a seat outside in the evening and let the waiters recommend dishes off the menu ranging from the dhal fry, Peshwari mutton and the well-loved traditional biryani. Don't skip on a side of naan – crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, it’s the perfect way to mop up every drop of delicious sauce.
Contact Details
  2nd of December St, before Satwa Roundabout
  +971 4 398 8787

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