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Hidden Gems Winners Revealed

You voted. They won. The 2018 winners of Dubai's top 10 Hidden Gems are here. Don't miss the opportunity to dine at these secret culinary spots this Dubai Food Festival.

Fish Hut | Oud Metha

Seafood lovers are spoilt for choice at Fish Hut, from the fried butterfly prawns in garlic sauce to the fresh catch of the day.

That Place Café | Jumeirah

From freshly made buns to berry pistachio pancakes and 'freaky fries', That Place Cafe does fusion food right and knows how to stand out from the crowd.

Ayubowan | Jumeirah Lake Towers

Savour coconut milk-infused curries, stir-fried beef tossed with spices and addictive hoppers – one bite, and you'll be back for more.
Sri Lankan

Wok n Roll | Al Barsha

This pun-tastic eatery has Asian fusion dishes galore to whet the appetite. Personalise your meal with a wok bowl - comprising one sauce, carb and protein option apiece, and three vegetable choices.

Grub Shack | Umm Hurair

This bustling hotspot features the best home-style Goan dishes and Chinese street food, and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hot Palayok | Karama

Abundant Filipino and Pan-Asian dishes can be found at Hot Palayok, which has themed evenings each week such as barbecue night and seafood night.

Chai and Co. | Al Warqa

This premium Emirati tea cafe is famed for its freshly-baked paratha sandwiches that are stuffed with a choice of fillings. Don't leave without trying the saffron-infused karak chai.

Smat Café & Restaurant | Mirdif

Mixing style with substance, Smat Cafe & Restaurant offers Emirati treats alongside burgers, sandwiches, pastas and more.

Tum Tum Asia | Oud Metha

A completely vegetarian menu sets Tum Tum Asia apart from its rivals - with an intriguing meat-free take on standards such as dim sum, Vietnamese banh and sushi.

Wooden Cellar | Sports City

Sample traditional Greek dishes, inspired by the kitchens of grandmothers (or "yiayias").

The Meating Room | Karama

In keeping with its name, The Meating Room boasts a meaty menu filled with creatively titled dishes such as psychedelic lamb chops and atomic prawns.

Al Afadhil | Karama

Known for its delicious kebabs and tasty lassi, Al Afadhil is a tempting proposition for anyone feeling peckish.

Haji Sahab | Discovery Gardens

Staple and flavourful Indo-Pak dishes at Haji Sahab include butter chicken and paneer tikka masala, while a host of daily specials will keep you coming back for more.

Rasoi Ghar | Karama

Traditional vegetarian flavours from Rajasthan and Gujarat are presented on wooden platters at Rasoi Ghar, which invites guests to "dine like a Maharaja".

Cafe Funkie Town | Jumeirah Lake Towers

Promising "eccentric and honest" Parsi service, Cafe Funkie Town transports guests to 1970s Bombay cafe culture - with simple decor and more than 100 dishes to try.

Darjeeling Cafe | Karama

A stylish enclave in Karama, this cafe specialises in authentic Darjeeling tea and serves top-notch momo dumplings and thukpa noodle soup.

Karak and Rigag | Umm Suqeim

Open from early in the morning to late at night, visit this Emirati gem for a vast selection of traditional rigag bread - including leftfield accompaniments such as Cheetos, Nutella banana and hot dog.

Treat | Karama

Packed with a plethora of cuisine choices - from Goan to North Indian to Chinese - Treat is sure to delight even the most indecisive diner.

Status Kitchen | Mirdif

Spoil yourself at Status Kitchen, which specialises in high-quality burgers and desserts.

Shiraz Nights | Deira

If you're in the mood for shawarma, stew or a wonderful kebab and rice dish, Shiraz Nights has them all.

Thai Time | Al Safa

Discover why Thailand's cuisine is famous the world over, or check out the special vegan and gluten-free menu.

Lazfan Café | Satwa

If you fancy sampling some Emirati fare with a Western spin, Lazfan Cafe serves up dishes including falafel pizza, plus traditional Arabic mains and desserts.

Hanoi Naturally | Jumeirah Lake Towers

Savour everything from the fresh pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) to refreshing bubble teas.

Chalco's Mexican Grill | Jumeirah Lake Towers

Serving classic dishes from burritos to quesadillas, this JLT restaurant mixes Mexican flavours with a dash of Californian flair.

Lakeside Spice | Business Bay

This popular Indian eatery in Business Bay serves up a wealth of beloved dishes, with plenty of vegetarian options plus salads and pastas.

Omidivan Restaurant | Karama

Offering an evocative taste of Goa, this restaurant in Karama is renowned for its sumptuous seafood.

Memory Lane | Dubai Marina

The best of Asia on a plate. Head to Memory Lane to savour delicious momos (dumplings), flavour-packed noodles and classic Indian grills.

Bodrum | Jumeirah Lake Towers

This family-run eatery sources its ingredients from local farmers to create fresh Turkish and Arabic cuisine, with pizzas and hamburgers also on the varied menu.

Al Tawasol Restaurant | Deira

A splendid variety of Arabic food awaits at Al Tawasol Restaurant, which has meat, fish and vegetarian options.
Middle Eastern

Abou Rabie | Al Nahda

This foodie hotspot is the go-to place to try authentic Egyptian pies, such as the meshaltet 'layered pastry'.

Al Khettar Restaurant and Cafe | Deira

Traditional Emirati delights with an innovative twist make Al Khettar Restaurant and Cafe a great choice for anyone seeking a fresh dining experience.

Dao Xiang | Trade Center Area

Dao Xiang fuses the best cuisine from China and the Philippines, from dim sum and dumplings to tapsilog and chicken sisig.

Zagol | Karama

Feast on Ethiopian cuisine complemented by the fluffiest injera and spicy stews – worth every dirham.

Jebal Al Atlas | Al Barsha

One bite of their succulent meat tajine and you'll be instantly transported to the lively streets of Morocco.

Nafh Al Worood | Al Fahidi

Tucked away in Dubai's historic quarter, Nafh Al Worood presents classic Emirati and Arab dishes in an atmospheric setting.