Eating out in Dubai can be expensive. A lot of great restaurants are located within hotels and Scotch and I seem to frequent the same ones over and over again.
But to get to really know Dubai, I think it’s also important to visit the more modest establishments and the stand alone restaurants.
A bunch of girls and I have been visiting a different restaurant every 2 weeks. We take turns organizing each dinner and the only criteria is that the meal has to be less than 100 Dirhams ($27) per person.
It’s a great way to explore different parts of Dubai, eat lots of delicious food, and best of all, meet new people and catch up on girl talk.
So far, we’ve been to the following restaurants:
1. Nanking (Chinese, Indonesian – Bur Dubai). The food was good and portions were huge. There was a lot of doggy-bagging that night.
2. Shahjahan (Indian – Metropolitan Hotel). Unfortunately, I missed out on this one 🙁 .
3. Noodle Bowl (Chinese – Satwa). Good Cantonese food. We sat outdoors as the weather was still nice.
4. Thai Terrace (Thai – Bur Dubai). Mmm….great Thai food and the flavors were very authentic. So much better than Smiling BKK.
5. Curry On (Thai, Indian – Beach Road). This used to be the old Noshi Noshi. We visited on another beautiful day in May and were able to sit outside again. The food came in tastings of threes so it was quite fun!
6. Nando’s (South African – SZR). This is a South African chain that serves up some pretty good chicken with their Peri Peri sauce. The Chicken Espetada was my favorite. I love the way it was presented with the vegetables on the bottom and the meat skewer hanging above the platter:
7. Royal Orchid (Thai – Dubai Marina). Really great Thai food but pricier than the other places we’ve been too. Loved the fish cakes:
8. Ravi’s (Indian – Satwa). The food was pretty good and was the best deal yet at 25 Dirhams a head! They serve Lamb’s Brain so if you like odd food like me – give it a try.
And there is still many more to visit – we’ve got at least 20 more restaurants on the list so far!