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Must Try Foods And Restaurants In Dubai

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Throughout its development and growing population of expats living in the UAE, Dubai has seen a growth in its food scene with new cafés and restaurants popping up around every corner. It is as overwhelming as it sounds, but read up for the residents’ recommendations that won’t let you down.

Breakfast At Culinary Boutique

Make sure to go with a few friends because every breakfast dish at the Culinary Boutique is a must try. From the traditional eggs Benedict to the Spanish breakfast to their own twist on the traditional shakshouka, these guys know how to make a mean breakfast, and you won’t regret the trip. Located in Jumeirah 1, the quiet part of Dubai, it’s a great spot to relax and dine as the locals do.

Culinary Boutique, Villa #56, Jumeira Beach Rd, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, +971 4 345 0023

Mekong Chicken Burger At Common Grounds

Dubai-grown café Common Grounds is among the coolest cafés to be seen when at the mall. Tucked away in a corner at the Mall of the Emirates, its hipster look and feel will make you want to experiment with your food. The Mekong Chicken Burger is your best bet to try a new spin on your traditional burger – the mix of sweet peanut sauce, Vietnamese slaw, and lime mayo will definitely open your eyes to the many burger combo possibilities.

Common Grounds, Level 2, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, +971 50 478 1094

Go on, tell me you don't want a bite of our Mekong Chicken Burger. #mycommongrounds #dubaicafe #dubaifood 📸@inspirededibles

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Carrot Cake At The Lime Tree Café

Founded in Dubai, The Lime Tree Café’s carrot cake is a must try when visiting. Residents swear by it, and no birthday is complete without it being passed around. The rich cake and smooth milky topping will speak for itself and show you exactly why everyone is hyped up about it. With several locations around the city, there is no excuse not to put this trip on your list.

Multiple Locations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Huarache Con Carne At Maya Lounge

One of the best Mexican restaurants in Dubai, Maya Lounge is famous for its heartwarming traditional homemade street food. There is a sharing concept behind their menu and a homely atmosphere with a beach terrace from which you can watch the sunset. Once you have a taste of the dishes, you’ll want to try everything; however, a best seller (and for a good reason) is the Huarache Con Carne – never has beef been so tender and a simple dish been so filling.

Maya Lounge, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, +971 4 316 5550

Seafood At The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill

Founded almost a year ago, the guys at The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill do not mess around when it comes to seafood. One of the best places for a night out with friends, the restaurant is as much about the ambiance and atmosphere as it is about the food. Their chefs get creative, so anything on that menu is a must try.

The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill, Ground Floor, The DoubleTree by Hilton, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, +971 4 457 6719

I spy with my little eye #lunch fit for a squirrel 😍 📸: @secretsquirrelfood

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Moussaka At Eat Greek

A generous portion of a classic moussaka at Eat Greek Kouzina will make your day. Founded in Dubai, the Greek restaurant’s menu is packed with freshly made dishes, each better than the other. The three branches are spread throughout Dubai and make it easy for anyone to stop by. Make sure to go for the classics on the menu, as they never disappoint.

Multiple Locations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Koshari At Zaroob

One of Dubai’s favorite Levant street food restaurants, Zaroob is the go to place for a traditional Levant meal from breakfast to the 3am after party. The resident favorite for families and friends is almost always full on a weekend, and for a good reason. They serve anything from the traditional and world renowned hummus and falafel to the more home-style cooked Egyptian specialty, koshari. The dish is a simple mix of rice, pasta, lentil, and chickpeas topped with tomato sauce and fried onions. Okay, so the dish is all carbs, and you will have to call it a cheat day when having a plate, but it’s worth it.

Zaroob, Shop # 1, Ground Floor, Jumeirah Tower Building, along Sheikh Zayed Road, DIFC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, +971 4 327 6262