Being one of the central melting pots of culture in the Middle East, Dubai offers cuisines from all over the world. There are plenty of dining options available in the city, with cuisines ranging from authentic Middle Eastern to popular International foods. If you are looking for a variety of budget-friendly places to eat in Dubai, here is a list of our favourite dining spots in the city to whet your appetite:
Authentic food-seekers will be in their element while sampling the traditional Emirati cuisine served inside the traditional houses of Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, one of Dubai’s oldest communities. Enjoy exploring the distinctive flavours of typical Emirati foods while learning about the local culture and traditions in a unique cultural experience tour.
Must try: Fresh bread, grilled meat and various dips and mezzes made from pulses and grains.
Whether you are craving pasta all'italiana or want to try something a little meatier, you'll be able to find it here. Cubo Restaurant offers a range of à la carte options, including a live cooking counter, at great value for money with friendly service. You will not only get a great meal to eat here, but also find the perfect budget-friendly place to stay in the centre of Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road at ibis World Trade Centre Hotel, where the restaurant is located.
Must try: Neapolitan-style pizza and pasta dishes.
Known for their deliciously fresh and tasty seafood options, Bu Qtair is always a busy and happening Indian eatery in the Fishing Harbour of Umm Suqeim, near Burj Al Arab. After enjoying a hearty grub, head to the Sunset Beach and be rewarded with beautiful views of the Arabian Sea (Cue: plenty of amazing photo ops). Simply lay back, people watch, and admire the local surfers.
Must try: Fried fish, BBQ shrimp and fish curry.
Located not far away from Downtown Dubai, this spot offers a solid menu of authentic Pakistani food in a cosy setting. Offering an authentic street food experience with flavourful Pakistani curries and naan breads in the Satwa neighbourhood, Ravi Restaurant combines traditional Pakistani flavours and spices with age-old recipes that have been passed down through generations. Great for a budget-friendly meal with hearty portions.
Must try: Chicken tikka masala, spicy mutton chops and chicken Mughlai.
Asian cuisine is one of the most common in the region and fits nicely into everyone’s budget. One of the most popular Asian restaurants in the city, Wok & Co sits on the ground level of ibis One Central Hotel in Downtown Dubai and offers a wide range of Sushi, Sashimi, and signature Wok selections, paired with an equally extensive menu of drinks. What’s more! You get to watch your chosen dishes sizzled right in front of your eyes by the chef.
Must try: Beef Shanghai and Wok fried beef strips with Shanghai chilli paste.
Baharat is a family friendly restaurant serving authentic international cuisine through a variety of inventive yet well-balanced dishes from different countries and cultures. The restaurant has a trendy ambience and is designed to give a relaxing dining experience to its patrons. Book a table at Baharat to explore food from all over the globe.
Must try: Yucatan burger, classic chicken burger and oriental burger.
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