We all know by now that Dubai won the EXPO 2020 bid, if you don’t then you’re probably living under a huge boulder of rock and needs help. I’m a huge supporter of Dubai for the EXPO not because I live in this great city but because I do honestly believe that they deserve it. Location is one of the key reasons as to why I firmly believe that there is no other city in the world which is better to host the EXPO other than Dubai. It’s very well-connected with the rest of the world thru the numerous flights going in and out of the massive Dubai airport. That and of course I really cannot wait as to what this city would look like in 7 years for the event. There will definitely be a lot more buildings, hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, malls – which basically means, all of us residents here will have a bigger playground. Yes? Oooohhh I cannot wait!
Another reason is, everybody knows that Dubai is the melting pot of all the nationalities that you can ever think of in the world. The city has been generous to us making sure that there’s something for everyone – including, but not limited to, the restaurants that we have here. All kinds of restaurants for all kinds of people so that we all won’t miss home that much. I’m very adventurous with food as I believe that food is a part of a nation’s culture and I want to be “culturally immersed” as much as possible whenever I travel. Dining out in Dubai is always a “cultural” experience or maybe I’m just giving myself an excuse for eating out a lot. The question that is lingering in my head and I’m sure is lingering in yours too is, how can we be so sure that what we’re eating is the real deal? How can we know that we are getting the correct “cultural and food experience”? Well ladies and gentlemen, I’ve got the answers for you in this post. I’ve rounded up once again the awesome Dubai bloggers to give me their favorite Dubai restaurants which reminds them of home. We can now all sit back, relax and be assured that we’re getting the right experience. You’re welcome. 🙂
BLOGGERS’ FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN DUBAI
The very under-rated Noodle Room at Jumeirah Beach Walk is my favorite! Everytime we go there there’s only one or two other tables taken. I don’t understand why, as I think it makes the best Malaysian/Indonesian food in Dubai. I recommend laksa, massive and so so good.
This photo made my mouth water as I’m curled under my comforter. It’s like the best food that you can ever eat now that we have the cold weather. And seafood, I’m a sucker for seafood! Yum!
(Little) More Cafe is the only place in Dubai where you can get dutch food. I know: the Dutch kitchen isn’t much compared to the Italian or French kitchen, but hey, we do have some delicious snacks! I never thought in a million years that I would find Poffertjes in Dubai..but there they were and they tasted like real Dutch Poffertjes! They even came with butter and powdered sugar..If you ever get the chance to taste them: please do!
As soon as I know how to pronounce it then I’m headed there. 🙂
I am half Greek-Cypriot (half British) and Cyprus is my home – sadly we have no Cypriot restaurant here but there is a fab Greek one – Elia. My favourite dish there is the cheese saganaki as a mezze starter.
I have been there once with the Greek boyfriend and friends for Easter, they all loved it. I specially love the outdoor seating area that they have.
Abby’s Roads is an American and she recommends Safestway where you can get all your authentic American food.
As an American living in Dubai, there are tons of great spots to eat here in the UAE, but where I’ve found the most authentic American food is actually a grocery store: Safestway; each time I go, I am reminded of home! This is the place where I can find the best selection of “comfort foods” from the states, including (but not limited to): General Mills Corn Chex, StarKist Tuna, Vlasic Dill Pickles, Rotel tomatoes, Diet Dr Pepper, and Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter.
Tip: if you see something you’ve never seen there before and/or something you can’t live without, stock up and hoard it because you never know if it will be there next time! Safestway can be found in Safa, on Shiekh Zayed Road in between the Business Bay and Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro stops.
I have been there myself as recommended by another American friend. Yes, they do have some American treasures that you can only find there. 🙂
Mitzie Mee is originally Korean and she recommends Sonamu in Asiana hotel.
I was born in Korea, but I was adopted and grew up in Denmark with Danish parents. My original intention was therefore to write about a Danish restaurant, but to my great frustration, there are no Danish restaurants in Dubai. The closest you get to Danish food down here are the Swedish meatballs from IKEA! Luckily, there are plenty of Korean restaurants down here, so I have chosen one of them, Sonamu, instead. Sonamu is a beautiful restaurant located in Asiana hotel in Deira. The food is authentic Korean, and when I was there with my sister, the staff greeted us in Korean.
Your meal is accompanied by a big selection of banchan Korean side dishes and whenever a bowl is empty, it is immediately replaced. In order to get a good impression of the various flavors in Korean cuisine, I can recommend trying one of the set menus or the buffets, which are offered throughout the week. Korean food can be a bit spicy, and some people don’t like the taste of the red pepper paste, which is a common ingredient in a lot of Korean dishes. If it is the first time you have Korean food, I therefore suggest that you go for Korean BBQ, which most people like.
Who doesn’t love Korean barbecues? Even the boyfriend who isn’t a big fan of Asian cuisine loves it. We must go to this restaurant soon.
Lynda of Longhorns and Camels is an American and she recommends Maria Bonita
I’m from Texas in the US, so there are three things I think of when I think of cuisine from home: 1) barbecue 2) southern cooking, and 3) Mexican food (all variations). I’m going with Mexican because I ate it more (much more) than anything else. My selection is Maria Bonita. I’m cheating a bit because I didn’t choose it because I think the food is the “most authentic.” Basically, the atmosphere reminds me of home.
I like that it’s a neighborhood eatery and sits modestly among a couple of other restaurants. I like that you’ll hear Julieta Venegas, Los Tigres del Norte and Pepe Aguilar playing while munching on chips and salsa and looking at portraits of Frida Kahlo. I like the old Mexican movies they play on the TV and I enjoy looking for familiar Mexican products in the little makeshift “shop” at the entrance … Oops – is this supposed to be about food? Well, the food is okay. I usually opt for the guacamole and some tacos, but I’ll leave it to you to discover your favorite dish.
This restaurant has been recommended as well by #cake.me on my previous collaborated post with the bloggers about their favorite al fresco restaurant in Dubai. It’s been recommended twice in a row, why aren’t you headed to Maria Bonita yet? Maybe because you’re waiting for the next restaurant?
#cake.me is British and she recommends the Rivington Grill
I may have grown up in the Middle East, but with British parents, I love nothing more than a plate full good, hearty British grub. I came across the Rivington Grill when I was looking for a fountain-view restaurant to visit with guests, and I have been back countless times since. I love everything about it – the kooky decor, chirpy staff and, most importantly, the mouth-wateringly delicious food. I have only visited the Souk Al Bahar outlet, but I have heard nothing but good things about the Souk Madinat Jumeirah one.
As a starter – the black Angus beef steak tartare is divine. Steak tartare is quite rich, so I suggest sharing the small between 2 people, or the large between 3-4. For the main event – the braised lamb shank rocks my world. The meat falls right off the bone, and is served with colcannon and a rich gravy. I should probably branch out and try some of the other dishes on the menu at some point, but for now I am happy to stick to my favourites! The Rivington is British food at its absolute best, and I highly recommend a visit if you haven’t been!
Rivington Grill just like Maria Bonita was recommended as well in the previous al fresco blog post by no other than Ms. Foodiva. I have just been there myself last week and I must say that it does deserve all the attention its getting.
I’m Swedish and to us, the most sacred time of the day is our coffee break. We call it “fika” in Swedish which means to drink coffee or tea. Other than IKEA, there were no other Swedish coffee shops or bakeries in Dubai, until recently when Nordic Crown Bakery opened up in Dubai Marina. It is a cozy little cafe and bakery located just by the Waterfront, Marina Walk and offers a beautiful and quiet surrounding while you enjoy some delicious home made buns or cakes. For a genuine Swedish “fika” experience, I would recommend following:
The cinnamon bun, which is already famous around the world and definitely deserves its fame. Not much can beat a freshly baked cinnamon bun. A Swedish bun is made of dough and filled with a thick layer of butter, sugar and cinnamon.
The “semla” should traditionally be eaten before Easter but nowadays you can find the “semla” all year around. It is a wheat bun filled with almond paste and topped with whipped cream.
Princess cake, is a must at any birthday or other form of celebration in Sweden. It is a sponge cake with vanilla cream, strawberry jam, whipped cream and covered with a layer of green marsipan.
When I saw those photos sent over to me by Ms. exPIAtriate, the first thing in my head was: How can she be so slim with all those sweets surrounding her while growing up?? I’ve never tried it before and frankly, I’m not really into sweets but those photos – oh my! I think I can feel a sweet tooth growing out of my gums right about now, lol.
What I Just Love is Spanish and she recommends Seville’s in Wafi.
I love eating very much and being in Dubai for already 2 years you get from time to time that nostalgia of mum’s food and your own country flavours. In my case, I always end up in the same location.. part because of the food, part because it is kind of an institution…I am talking about Seville’s at Wafi Mall.
Lets see.. the food, they have a little bit of the most popular dishes. You must know that Spain is very rich in gastronomy and every region, every city, and every area have different specialties, .. so the variety is huge. In Seville’s you can find paella, spanish omelette, plenty of tapas, including croquetas (my favourite tapa!), huevos estrellados, gazpacho (cold soup we drink all summer), manchego cheese, serrano ham and pa amb oli (bread, with tomato and olive oil) to accompany every dish. To drink and as it is linked to the hotel, you can find sangria, spanish wines and beers. If I am not to drive on that day, I always take a glass of red wine.. Rioja o Ribera de Duero, just beautiful!
The institutional part of Seville’s is because it has been in Dubai for a whooping 12 years or so, so it was the first spanish restaurant and his owner, Mariano, is kind of a second ‘non-official’ ambassador. They celebrate the spanish traditions and bring spanish music and dancers. Dont miss the next edition of the Feria de Abril for example. They organise a Flamenco stage and have dancers and musicians performing while a huge (really huge) paella is cooked outdoors following the traditional way.
If you want a taste of Spain, this is the place to go, specially for celebrations.
I loooooOOOOVVVEEE Seville’s and I am so thankful that Lil of What I Just Love is Spanish and recommended this restaurant. I haven’t been to their Feria de Abril event though but after seeing the photos and video provided by Lil, I’ll probably be the first to book for next year’s feria. 🙂
My family and I always consider us as lucky being in the mix marriage situation (I am a Malaysian and my husband is an Italian) as we are exposed in daily basis to 2 fabulous cuisines. I have to admit that Italian influences our dinning table more as Italian cuisine is simpler to prepare yet flavorful and one can never do wrong with a good slice of pizza. Therefore we are always on a look out for good Italian restaurants or pizzarie to visit for our ritual weekly family night out. After trying so many pizzas and dishes we could conclude that the best so far is Pizzaro as it serves authentic Italian dishes the closest to their original taste and recipe.
If pizza is your thing, we would highly recommend La Bufalina. It is basically a classic Margherita but instead of using the normal mozzarella, the star of this pizza is the ‘bufala’ mozzarella made from buffalo milk. The crust is made to perfection – thin, crunchy without being soggy. Some pizzas can get soggy especially when fresh cheese like the bufala is used but this one from Pizzaro still retain the crusty base and the consistency of the fabulous cheese.
I love Italian dish and I’m so thankful that Mrs. Jack of All Trades chose to feature this cuisine. Another restaurant added to my Dubai bucket list. 🙂
KennethSurat is a Filipino and recommends Max’s Restaurant in Karama.
I don’t consider myself as a picky eater, even at times when I am craving for food native to my country, a quick fix of ‘adobo’ (chicken/pork with a blend of soy sauce and vinegar) will always satisfy me. But, eating outside, even though there are a lot of Filipino restaurants around Dubai, I found myself drawn to only a few of them.
One of these restaurants that satisfies my Filipino food cravings is Max’s Fried Chicken. I got disappointed with different Filipino restaurant franchises in Dubai but somehow for me, Max’s got it right.It evokes the same ‘Family Restaurant’ feel that it has in the Philippines.
I love their special fried chicken with fried sweet potato sides. Combine it with the restaurant’s very own banana ketchup, and you’ll have a party!!.. (sorry for the exaggeration)… another dish that I like is their sizzling tofu, this is a must try!
I also go here for my sweet tooth cravings. They got nice deserts such as buko pandan (shredded coconut meat with gelatin in a pandan flavored cream mix) and my personal favorite, leche flan (..our version of a flan).
If you are looking for a place with a good ambience, a large and tasty Filipino food varieties, plus the most important thing..very affordable! I highly recommend this place.
Max’s Fried Chicken Restaurant is located in Karama Spinney’s just beside McDonalds.
If I’ll ask the Greek boyfriend which Filipino restaurant he enjoys going to he’ll answer this same restaurant. The boyfriend is addicted to their fried chicken. 🙂
My Custard Pie is British and she recommends *surprise*surprise* Rivington Grill but discovers another restaurant which can be a rival to this popular British restaurant – Reform Social and Grill
For a taste of home-cooking British-style, my favourite place to go is Rivington Grill at the Madinat Jumeirah. The chef tells me that many people feel the same way and although they try and change the menu often, there would be a complete outcry if they ever stopped serving fish and chips. Smoked haddock fish cake with a poached egg on top is a top choice and they have an array of English puddings and serve excellent cheeses from the British Isles. I discovered a potential rival the other day when I had lunch at Reform Social and Grill at the Lakes. The bread and butter pudding, which came with an additional jug of vanilla custard, was absolutely divine.
Her entry made me curious – if she thinks that Reform Social and Grill can really be a rival to the ever so famous Rivington Grill then it’s probably THAT good.
As for me, being a Filipino my favorite Filipino dish is kare kare. It’s a very tasty stew from a base of oxtail. It’s really complicated to cook, at least for me, who by the way has never set foot in a kitchen other than to get an alcoholic drink from the fridge. I used to satisfy my kare kare cravings from Barrio Fiesta in Burjuman but after discovering Rosso Amore Restaurant I’ve had a change of heart. They served it during my Fiesta for a Cause event and I really think that their kare kare tastes more “homemade” and it did remind me of how my mother used to make it. The bagoong (shrimp paste) accompanying it was not ignored by kabayans and foreigners alike who came to the event. In fact, one of the foreign guests who came had a plate-full of rice with bagoong and kare kare only – all the other dishes were disregarded. 🙂
That’s the roundup of the bloggers’ favorite restaurant in Dubai which reminds us of home. I’d like to thank all the wonderful bloggers of Dubai once again for joining this post. It’s always fun to be in touch with them and I do highly recommend for you my readers to follow all of their blogs. So the inevitable question now is, which of the above restaurants are you going to this weekend? 🙂
Happy eating! 😉