Expats Living In Dubai Have Recommended Where You Can Get The Best Dish From Your Country


American to Chinese and Indian to Ethiopian, Dubai offers all kinds of cuisines.
While we do a pretty good job of letting you know what’s good or not at
most of these places, we love receiving those recommendations too. And this
time Reddit users have gone all out in suggesting their faves.

So if
you’re looking for a place that serves food just the way gran used to make it,
you might find it on this list.

Lebanese: Abdel Wahab

Abdel Wahab at Pier 7 and Souq Al Bahar is the top choice. Residents love it for its food, views and Lebanon’s Almaza & Chateau Ksara’s red. Recommended dishes are: fatoush, vine leaves, hummus with sujuk, batata harra, and arayes kafta and mixed grill platter.


Iranian: Al Ustad Special Kabab

Al Ustad Special Kabab in Bur Dubai is high on the list. Its kebabs have been described as ‘nuggets of heaven’.


Emirati: Milas 

Residents say the best Emirati food comes out of “kitchens” such as the ones in Umm Suqeim and Al Ittihad Mall. If you have to opt for a restaurant then Milas in The Dubai Mall and Seven Sands are pretty good too.


Australian: Bidi Bondi 

Start at Bidi Bondi for its schnitzel and coldies (aka hops) and then head to Tom & Serg for the Lamington.


Taiwanese: Din Tai Fung

While the xiaolongbao is native to China, Taiwanese restaurant Din Tai Fung does them on point.


Jordanian: Operation Falafel

Operation Falafel is said to be true to Amman style falafel and shawarma. A resident even states, “when I eat there I feel like I’m either in Day3a or Hashem”.


Canadian: BeaverTails Dubai

BeaverTails make the best version of the hand-stretched fried dough pastries (known by the same name). The other noteworthy dish on its menu is the poutine.


Indian: Calicut Paragon

There were multiple recommendations for good South Indian (specifically Kerala) fod in Dubai. The list includes Calicut Paragon, Aappa Kadai, Anjappar, Malabar Express, Bangalore Empire. If you’re just after dosas then MTR on Bank Street does damn good ones. Note: they’re priced slightly higher than most places.


Irish: Fibber Magee’s

The deal does not get any better than that at Fibber Magee’s – roast dinner and a pint for AED 50 on Fridays.


Syrian: Sarouja

Two restaurants battle it out for the top spot. Residents seem to love Sarouja in Dubai Marina and Diwan al Muhanna on Sheikh Zayed Road.


Filipino: Max’s Restaurant

Max’s Restaurant is popular for Filipino food (minus the pork). Must-try dishes are Max’s spring fried chicken, fresh lumpiang ubod, pancit luglug and kare-kare. 

Jollibee needs no introduction, but if it’s you’re first time there try the Chickenjoy. 


Indonesian: Mamak

A good nasi kandar and nasi lemak can only be found at Mamak in Mamzar Centre. Just delicious!


Palestinian: Mama’esh

The use of fine and fresh ingredients means an authentic Palestinian meal at Mama’esh.


Eritrean: Milen

Milen in Hor Al Anz is the favoured one.


Pakistani: Pak Sufi

A resident claims that Pak Sufi in Ghusais serves authentic Pakistani food that’s even better than Ravi’s. Wow that must be something!


Thai: Smiling BKK

If you’re after Thai street food, Smiling BKK place is like a shack from the streets of Bangkok straight to Dubai. 



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