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Houndin' Around the World - Dubai

I'm looking for the best of the best in Dubai (a la previous posts) - from local spots to five star places.

My buddies are sharing a room at the Burj - I'm staing at the Al Qasr (sp?). Any feedback on food / lodging would be wonderful.

Thanks guys,


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  1. Last time we were in Dubai, we ate at our Hotel, The Ritz Carlton, at midnight, as we ( I ) got sidetracked in the gold souk !!! As your friends are staying at the Burj, the sister property, Jumeriah Beach hotel has about 18 restaurants, and obviously there's the underwater one at the Burj. We never had stunning culinary action in Dubai, but definately amazing hotels, and very acceptable food. The wine is very pricey.
    We went for drinks at the burj on another visit, it was fun for the views and the experience.

    1. If the "burg" is the big fancy 7 star hotel, I'm not sure of the name, I hear the Chinese restaurant there is fablulous. We are going in Oct. and it was recommended to us.

      1. Fellow Hounds. I live in Dubai, been here for five years so feel qualified to comment on this esteemed board!

        I would not recommend eating anywhere in the Burj al Arab hotel. The food is very mediocre for the 7-star prices they charge. Close to the Burj is both the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the Madinat Souk (which also has the Al Qasr and Mina al Salem hotels). Between these two places there are about 30 or more restaurants.

        The best restaurant in terms of food is Gordan Ramsey's restaurant 'Verre' which is in the Hilton Hotel on the Diera side of the creek.

        If you would like specific recommendations, or if you have any more questions on Dubai please post again and I will try and help!

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        1. re: halfmanhalfbeer

          Thanks - I would agree on the Jumeirah Restaurants.

          I dug Asha's, which is in Wafi City - tasty, 'modern Indian' food. A little PF Chang's-y but really good.

          I have also heard that Verre is the best place in the city - when I was in Dubai a month ago it was temporarily closed due to renovations, so I missed out.


          1. re: halfmanhalfbeer

            HMHB, Coming back again on Sunday for four days and stay at Shangri-la. Last time ate in the three hotel restos. Any suggestions are very much apreciated

          2. automatic restaurant for arabic food/shawarma

            don't miss it

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            1. re: stangoldsmith

              automatic, al mallah - best arabic food and cheap eats

              sukho thai @ le meridian

              the italian place @ dusit hotel
              italian place @ crowne plaza

              any place on the marina

            2. Some good recommendations so far, the high end seems to have been covered, Personally I would just go to some of the less touristy parts of town and try any restaurant. I moved here from Manhattan and have been very happily surprised by the food. Go to Satwa and try Karachi Darbar or any other similar Pakistani restaurant for good spicy kababs. Head to Karama and try some Indian food, pick any place that looks crowded.

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              1. re: ayoop

                HI Halfmanhalfbeer
                My husband is going to Dubai in a month for a business trip-his second time-last time he did't have much luck in the food department so I wonder if you could help him out? When he travels he really loves to eat local-I think he and his companion will need one nice place (but not hideously expensive) for a client dinner-the rest of the time he really enjoys exploring. Anything you could offer would be great! Thanks!

                1. re: Missy

                  Missy happy to help. There is a new blog on eating in Dubai called the Fat Expat which I am involved with. See www.thefatexpat.blogspot.com its worth having a look.

                  'Local' food as such doesn't really exist and so Lebanese food seems to have been adpoted as the national cuisine. 'Auotmatic' as above is a good one, though they are a chain of cheap and cheerful type and don't serve alcohol. I really like the lebanese restaurant in Emirates Towers call Al Nafoorah, and the Lebanese in the Madinat Souk (worth a visit anyway as there are lot of other restaurants) called I think Pride of Lebanon is also pretty good though expensive. See also http://wikitravel.org/en/Dubai which has a good list of palces to go. Email me on halfmanhalfbeer(at)gmail(dot)com if you want anything else.


              2. I like Abu Ali on Sheikh Zayed, between 2nd and 3rd interchange, for good Arabic. They had an excellent Ramadan buffet. Gordon Ramseys is the best high end I find. Not the best Indian but a very good atmosphere is at Wafi, its called Asha's. The Noodle House, (various locations) is a good for a quick bite. Gelato, also on Sheikh Zayed close to DIFC is good for thin crust pizza. There is an excellent Moroccan restaurant in the Shangri-La. and they have entertainment with dancers on certain nights. Bierut Palace for shwarma's, falafels etc, close to Al Ghurair on Rigga Rd. is good an cheap. For a relaxing Shisha and some good mezza go to a place called QD's on the creek. Its near the Park Hyatt. Beautiful view.