You can never go hungry in Dubai, even if your pocket is tight.

Traveling to Dubai is on everyone’s list for once at least. But if you are traveling to Dubai the second time and have already been to the popular touristic spots, I suggest you take a break from sight-seeing and venture out to experience the food this time. The city is flooded with swanky restaurants but there are some hidden gems as well where you can try your luck and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Pocket friendly yet delicious can be a deadly combination to ask for. what else you need when you are hungry and cant wait enough!


buqaitrFor the prawn lovers with the taste of India, this is the best place with very limited menu to avoid confusion on what to order.  With a shack like rustic set-up the place is not very well maintained, but who cares when the food is nothing but delicious. There will be a waiting time if you visit on weekends but for what it’s worth, you can’t complain. Located on the Umm Suqeim opposite Fisherman’s Accommodation, this place screams of South-Indian taste.

Al Reef Lebanese Bakery

al-reef-bakeryLocated on the main Karama road, this bakery is open 24 hours and is a hang out place for after party munches. Authentic Lebanese food is served hot and can also be customized to suit your palette. My personal favorite is the Cheese Zaatar with Labneh and Meat. Its crispy like a thin crust pizza and filling at the same time. Other delicacies to try are Fattoush Salad and Mixed Grills.

Ravi’s (Now Shahi Mughal)

ravi-time-out-jpgThis one is a Pakistani gem and serves the Mughlai food in Pakistani style. There is nothing grand about it but you can come here for quick service and affordable food. Ask the waiting staff on what’s available depending on the time you visit. Don’t miss out the Dal Fry and Mutton Peshawari if you come here. The place is very sought after for late night dinners and home delivery. You can find this in couple of locations around Dubai. And if you don’t find a table here, you can also try Karachi Darbar or Karachi Inn as an alternative. Though I visit Karachi Darbar only for its Chicken Tikka Masala and Karachi Inn for its Mutton Biryani.

F & S Café

fns-cafe-tripadvisor-jpgLocated opposite Burjaman Mall on the Karama side is this tiny place called Falafal & Shawarma Cafe. With limited indoor and outdoor seating, this place is always crowded. The staff is from south but serves amazing Pav Bhaji and Bombay Sandwich. And the Pani Puri (Golgappa) is delicious. The menu is very basic but has variety of shawarma, burgers, Masala Tea and few other snacks. If you are tired of eating at Bombay Chowpaty in the Malls, try this place for a change. Very pocket friendly and worth a try for a bite on the go.

Yalla Momos

yalla-momos-timeout-jpgFor my friends in love with Momos, don’t be disappointed. Yalla Momos brings you a variety of them to try a new flavour every time you visit. From fried to steamed, everything is available. Try the Masala thumps-up with it and you will thank me.

Al Ijaza Cafeteria

al-ijaza-cafeteria-dubaiNo meal is complete without a dessert. Drive to Jumeirah road and pull over at Al Ijaza Cafeteria for a scrumptious Ice-Cream Falooda to call it a sweet night. The cafeteria also serves burgers and sandwiches but is most sought after for its large variety of juices and ice-creams.

There are many more to add to this list, but for now you can start with the above. In Dubai you can never run out of options for good food and enjoyment!

**Photos have been taken from the internet and due credit is given to the website.