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Food & Drink

Feasts with a local twist

Tue, September 28, 2021

Take your tastebuds on a culinary journey with Arabian dishes that feature flavoursome touches from around the world

Take your tastebuds on a culinary journey with Arabian dishes that feature flavoursome touches from around the world

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Qwaider Al Nabulsi: Breakfast Dubai-style

Start your morning the way hundreds of local commuters do – with a visit to Deira's Palestinian diner Qwaider Al Nabulsi for a traditional kunafa, the Arabian version of a cheese danish. Topped with crispy shredded pastry, melted cheese oozes out from a sweetened egg-glazed roll for a finger-licking favourite. Pair with the ubiquitous iced lemon-mint drink, perfect for quenching that early-morning thirst.

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Logma: Contemporary Khaleeji eats

Take quality ingredients; add a dash of style and a sprinkling of atmosphere … et voila! You have Khaleeji treats from Logma. The food is as attractive as the venue at the Dubai Mall, and when the weather is nice you can get a terrace table with spectacular views. Start the day off with a ‘Traditional Breakfast Platter’ packed with balaleetkhameer and regag, with a side of date syrup, and cream cheese. Tickle your tastebuds with luqaimat in the afternoon, and, if you have enough space, welcome the evening with chebab katayef – a crisp pancake with dates, mascarpone, saffron and cardamom syrup, finished with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

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Al Tawasol: Family-style feasts

Dining with a large group? Pull up a cushion and share your meal family-style (minus cutlery) in one of Deira's traditional tent rooms. Al Tawasol is a favourite among Yemeni expats, craving for a taste of home. Fill up on dishes like shorbat adas (lentil soup), Emirati chicken machboos (chicken cooked with rice in a blend of roasted spices) and laban (thickened drinking yoghurt). There's even a half-sheep dish for the extra-peckish. End your meal with a cup of cardamom-scented coffee, made from green beans, served strong and sweetened with a few drops of sugar syrup.

 

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Zaroob: Break bread with the best

An afternoon craving could see you mingling with the business crowd at Lebanese hotspot, Zaroob. Specialising in manakish (the collective term for flatbread bakes and wraps) and open 24 hours, the eatery has a huge menu of fresh mezze and grills. Inside you can enjoy the street-inspired artwork, while the outdoor terrace is popular with locals looking to catch some sunlight. Be warned – servings are super-sized, although it's a welcome common practice for leftovers to be automatically wrapped up to take away.

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Al Samadi Sweets: Bite-sized delights

Those wanting something a little sweeter will find it worth venturing to Al Muraqqabat Street in Deira, and filling a box of cookies and pastries to go at Al Samadi Sweets. Here, customers can pick from stacked pyramids and shelves of Lebanese-inspired sweet treats, with residents often dropping by to order in bulk. Try the maamoul (spiced date cookie) and bukaj (the cashew nut-stuffed baklava pouch), both favourites to cap off celebratory feasts.

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