Looking for alternative restaurant choices off the tourist trail? Look no further. With so many undiscovered tasty treasures to explore around the city, Dubai’s diverse and affordable dining scene may seem a little overwhelming at first. Luckily for foodies, Dubai Food Festival has done the hard work for you.
With the help of voters in the DFF Hidden Gem competition, reviewers on partner websites Zomato and Round Menu narrowed down a shortlist of 50 lesser known foodie favourites to a much more manageable top ten great-value eateries. Whatever cuisine you’re craving, from the best citywide curbside cuisine to the most authentic eats on offer in the city, browse the diverse list of Dubai’s Top Ten Hidden Gems below to find your perfect culinary experience.
Known for its traditional Lebanese sesame bread stuffed with a variety of sweet and savoury fillings, this great value eatery is located in Mercato Mall in Jumeirah 1.
Offering a trendy take on street food from Pakistan and India, Desi Adda is open daily until midnight, making it easy to grab a quick bite, whatever your schedule.
Located in the food court of Uptown Mirdiff Mall, this Thai restaurant offers incredible cuisine at a very reasonable price.
Can’t decide what burger you’d like? Why choose just one when you can mix and match your favourite mini burgers from the innovative range at The Smokin’ 9 in JLT.
Nestled nicely off the beaten path in Deira’s Al Ghurair Centre, this Japanese bakery serves a variety of tasty morsels - from sushi to ramen burgers and freshly baked treats.
Specialising solely in vegetarian Indian cuisine, Rasoi Ghar is fast becoming an Al Karama institution. Sit down with the regulars and enjoy a range of different Indian food, from thalis to desserts.
Open until 3am daily, Aroos Damascus in Deira’s Al Muraqqabat serves up a wide range of some of the most iconic dishes from the region. Drawing a large local crowd, a free table here is well worth the wait.
This Brazilian-inspired, healthy eating spot is handily located in the heart of Deira and offers a range of healthy juices, shakes, salads and much more.
One of Dubai’s oldest restaurants, this much-loved institution has been serving up delicious, authentic kebabs from its Meena Bazaar location for years.
Located opposite the BurJuman Centre and open from midday to midnight daily, this place is highly rated for its authentic dishes hailing from Singapore and Malaysia.