The UAE’s meals scene would possibly centre across the glitz of Dubai’s rotating movie star cooks, however the remainder of the nation’s streets are additionally lined with sensational tastes.
From the intoxicating smells that waft from unassuming holes-in-the-wall to vibrant colors that kind a melange in your plate, every dish tells a narrative – if you recognize the place to seek out them.
On this collection of guides, we communicate to the specialists – the tour guides, the nature-lovers and the artists – to unveil the UAE’s hidden gems.
In our final instalment, we communicate to the foodies who’ve eaten their method round Dubai.
Now, we’ve solid the online out throughout Abu Dhabi, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah with one other set of cooks and meals specialists main the way in which.
Russian borscht and vegan feasts in Abu Dhabi
For the founding father of meals web site Greatest Bites UAE, Rachael Partington, it’s the small, family-run eating places that kind the spine of the meals scene in Abu Dhabi. And for these causes, nowhere compares to Bandung.
“This little slice of Indonesia is one in every of Abu Dhabi’s finest hidden gems,” says Partington of the spot in Al Zahiyah. “It is a humble place that serves excellent nasi goreng, which is a extremely flavourful accompaniment to the meat rendang.
“The squid in pink chilli sauce and the lemon iced tea are tremendous. What’s extra, two individuals can eat nicely for underneath Dh100.”
For Abu Dhabi’s rising variety of meat-free diners, Partington recommends Madinat Zayed’s Golden Spoon, a household affair led by Sahil Jairath and his dad and mom.
“The menu is large,” Partington says. “I notably love the dahi bhalla. It’s a yoghurt-based dumpling dish that’s merely scrumptious.
“Every little thing right here is cooked with love from Mama Jairath’s circle of relatives recipes. It’s additionally extremely pocket-friendly, which is simply another excuse to like it.”
Abu Dhabi isn’t recognized for its japanese European delicacies however enterprise right into a cluster of retailers behind Hamna Avenue in Al Markayizah and also you’ll be rewarded with borscht and plov aplenty at Russian Home Kitchen, says Partington.
“Russian Home Kitchen does precisely what it says on the tin – it serves glorious, home-style Russian meals from scratch. There’s every little thing from freshly baked bread and pastries to the excellent borscht and jarkoe.
“I like the chebureki, which is a deep-fried crispy pastry with seasoned floor beef and cheese.”
Partington’s remaining suggestion is Madinat Zayed’s Saigon Home, a low-key Vietnamese eatery serving up authenticity in each bowl.
“I urge individuals to attempt the gentle, pillowy banh bot loc tom – tapioca shrimp dumplings,” she says. “Our staff additionally love the pho, the coui goun contemporary spring rolls and the banh xeo savoury pancake.”
Fujairah’s high Italian job and ‘one of many world’s finest kebabs’
On the subject of figuring out authenticity within the UAE, there’s just one individual higher to ask than somebody born and raised consuming the meals – and that’s a chef born and raised consuming the meals.
And in relation to Mediterranean-style seafood, Turkey’s Yunus Emre Aydin heads to Gonu Bar & Grill.
The manager chef at Dubai’s fashionable Italian Marea grew up on the Marmaris coast and when he needs a style of residence, the eager traveller hits the seaside spot in Fujairah’s Le Meridien Al Aqah Seaside Resort.
“You’re feeling such as you’re on the Mediterranean Sea with the distinctive views, the breeze, the solar and the meals,” he says. “I’m tremendous impressed with the standard of the meals.
“The Dibba oysters are nearly as good as anyplace you’ll discover whereas the mussel casserole is a delight.”
Fujairah’s shellfish dishes additionally stand out for Emirati chef Faisal Naser, who praises tiny pop-up Rushfit Mahar for theirs.
“It’s an awesome little meals truck the place you will discover the freshest seafood, particularly in oysters and mussels,” he says in regards to the truck positioned simply off Hamzah Al Kufi Avenue.
“They provide completely different spices and sauces, nice flavours and it’s nicely well worth the drive.
“I extremely advocate the oyster plate which is a signature dish.”
For meat eaters, Naser, who plans to take his Abu Dhabi restaurant Lento to Dubai in February, provides Iranian kebab store Kabab Al Bastakiah the very best of reward.
“It’s top-of-the-line kebabs I’ve ever tasted,” he says of the restaurant close to the Traditional Automobiles Museum of Rugaylat Highway.
“My favorite is the tikka lamb kofta kebab, served with freshly baked barbari, a conventional Persian bread. Seize a desk on the terrace and revel in.”
On the subject of excessive reward, Aydin has acquired his fair proportion because the modern Italian restaurant arrived from New York in 2019.
So when the person accountable for working the Dubai department of the 2 Michelin-starred restaurant recommends a Fujairah Italian spot, diners ought to pay attention up.
“Sapore, which can also be in the identical lodge as Gonu, serves glorious Italian meals,” he says. “For me, you may’t beat a easy margarita pizza and Sapore’s is unimaginable.”
Arabian traditions thrive in two roadside RAK eating places
Guests and residents in Ras Al Khaimah have a wealth of Center East foodie locations to select from. However when deciding the most effective, Naser is cut up between two.
Eshhafan Fareej, in Al Dhait South, is a captivating, no-frills vacation spot with a give attention to custom.
“It’s only a great place for genuine Arabic delicacies and the desserts everybody is aware of and loves,” he says. “Among the finest dishes embrace the sayadieh, machboos, rose sago and luqaimat.
“The restaurant itself is gorgeous and champions conventional decor.”
Combating for the place of high Mena restaurant is Weza, additionally in Al Dhait South, the place Egyptian classics are served precisely as they’ve been for hundreds of years.
“I’m going to order the precise three issues, as a result of they’re scrumptious: the kebda eskandarany, the stuffed pigeon and the normal koshari. It’s an Egyptian staple and it’s excellent.
“The colorful decor and attention-grabbing images adorning the partitions deserve a particular point out.”
10 high eating places in Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah
- Bandung, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi
- Golden Spoon, Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi
- Russian Home Kitchen, Al Markayizah, Abu Dhabi
- Saigon Home, Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi
- Gonu Bar & Grill, Le Meridien Al Aqah Seaside Resort, Fujairah
- Rashfat Mahar, Hamzah Al Kufi St, Fujairah
- Kabab Al Bastakiah, Rugaylat Highway, Fujairah
- Sapore, Le Meridien Al Aqah Seaside Resort, Fujairah
- Eshhafan Fareej, Al Dhait South, Ras Al Khaimah
- Weza, Al Dhait South, Ras Al Khaimah
Up to date: January third 2022, 4:33 AM