6 Affordable Dubai Restaurants Preferred By Locals

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Erina Baftiroska

A city of luxury and comfort, Dubai glows in visitors’ minds as a metropolis with countless luxuries – such a magnificent hotels, high-end shopping and of course delicious food. In a city full of expatriates and inspiration from different traditions and cultures, Dubai residents have created a movement by bringing cuisines from all corners of the world. One of the best things to discover about Dubai is the selection of international restaurants, the hidden gems and the go-to places the locals love to eat – here’s where to start.

Maria Bonita

Located in the heart of Jumeirah, one of Dubai’s oldest low-rise neighborhoods, this Mexican favorite opened up just over 12 years ago (that’s ancient in Dubai terms). With just a single location to serve everyone’s favorite, traditional home-made dishes, this family run restaurant is never empty. You will feel the warm welcome from the moment you set foot in the door. And the best part? You don’t even need to be dressed up for it! Serving everything from freshly made guacamole to traditional enchiladas, you’ll have trouble deciding what to order.

What to try: Their freshly made guacamole!

Maria Bonita, Umm Al Sheif Road, Jumeirah 3, Dubai, UAE, +971 3 395 4454


1. Comptoir 102


One of Dubai’s best organic cafés is hidden in the oldest part of Jumeirah. Just a few steps away from the beach, the boho-chic interiors, fresh, home-grown organic food and incredible design collections for sale will make you want to stay here forever. In just over three years this café has become a go-to spot for foodies, bloggers and Dubai’s health enthusiasts. The villa includes a café and boutique, so make sure you have a look around – you might just find your next statement piece while drinking your freshly-made smoothie.

What to try: Heaven on Earth Smoothie, Seaweed Pesto and anything served on the daily menu! http://instagram.com/p/BIt99dZBxzl/?taken-by=comptoir102

2. Ravi’s

Diner, Restaurant, Indian, Asian, Pakistani, Vegetarian, Vegan

Chances are, 95% of Dubai’s residents have dined at Ravi’s at some point in time. One of Dubai’s most famous restaurants (now a small chain), it serves some of the best Pakistani food in town. Quality and taste are always consistent, and the crowd is always friendly. This modest diner will welcome you regardless of your outfit or time of day, and have you sat down within five minutes, even during rush-hour. Open until late, this restaurant invites everyone, from families to businessmen to 2am after-party-goers.

What to try: Their famous Butter Chicken Masala

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