Al Fanar Restaurant and Café
Not many tourists are familiar with Emirati cuisine, but it is definitely worth trying. Al Fanar helps guests form an image of old Dubai, when the city was surrounded by the oasis Al Badia. Scenes are depicted throughout the restaurant to give a feeling of nostalgia, while the menu comes from local food and culture, and boasts the likes of tekat deyay Emarati and beryani samak.
Opening hours: Sun to Sat 8am-11pm
Watch out for: The nostalgia for Old Dubai.
Address & telephone number: Al Fanar Restaurant and Café, Souq Al Zafarana, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, +971 3 766 5200
In Al Ain, there is a lot more to dine on than food common to the region. The UAE is known for adopting parts of different cultures and that’s exactly what the Circle Café does. In 2003, two moms brought the idea of New York bagels to the city, making this one the place to go for fresh and delicious American bagels in the midst of the Arabic deserts!
Opening hours: Sun to Sat 7am-11pm
Watch out for: The bagels – of cource!
Address & telephone number: Circle Café, Al Ain Mall West Corner G01, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, +971 3 737 5550
Shakespeare and Co.
Shakespeare and Co. opened up in 2001 and has expanded to have over 26 branches since then. This restaurant has a very elegant and royal atmosphere, resembling Old England. Evening tea isn’t the only item that can be ordered here though. From every meal on the a la carte to the restaurant’s catering, their unique taste can be enjoyed right throughout the day and even at home!
Opening hours: Sun to Sat 7-12am
Watch out for: The filling breakfast.
Address & telephone number: Shakespeare and Co., Othman Bin Affan Street, Al Ain Mall, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, +971 3 764 8316
Serving authentic French food, La Brioche is a restaurant set in a home-style place. The rustic brick interior is identifiable with French country decor and the food follows along the same footsteps. This street café allows diners to forget they are even in the UAE because the food comes straight from the provinces of the Fracophone Med!
Opening hours: Sat to Sun 7.30am-11.30pm
Watch out for: Variety of cakes.
Address & telephone number: La Brioche, Hili Mall, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, +971 3 783 1066
Although Panaderia is a bakery, it has expanded its menu to cover more than just breads and pastries. Edgardo G. Limbo’s vast experience in the field of baking helped him open up this successful name, which has now come to grace the streets of Al Ain. A Filipino-inspired bakery, the menu here means delicacies such as lumpiang gulay and tosilog.
Address & telephone number: Panaderia Bakery, Al Ain Town Center, Opposite of Choitram, Al Noor Hospital, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, +971 3 785 7662