11 Top Dubai Restaurants for Emirati Food

The ongoing Dubai Food Festival is the perfect time to get exploring!
ByAhlan! Live ReporterMonday , 24 February 2014
Al Hadheera INFO: Bab Al Shams Desert & Spa Resort, 04 809 6194; www.meydanhotels.com/babalshams
Al Hadheera INFO: Bab Al Shams Desert & Spa Resort, 04 809 6194; www.meydanhotels.com/babalshams
Al Fanar INFO: Dubai Festival City Mall, 04 232 9966, www.alfanarrestaurant.com
Al Fanar INFO: Dubai Festival City Mall, 04 232 9966, www.alfanarrestaurant.com
Al Makan INFO: Souk Madinat, 04 368 6593; www.jumeirah.com
Al Makan INFO: Souk Madinat, 04 368 6593; www.jumeirah.com
Amaseena INFO: Ritz Carlton, 04 399 4000, www.ritzcarlton.com
Amaseena INFO: Ritz Carlton, 04 399 4000, www.ritzcarlton.com
Bait 1971 INFO: Bait Al Bahar, Offshore Sailing Club, 04 394 4441, www.baitalbahar.com
Bait 1971 INFO: Bait Al Bahar, Offshore Sailing Club, 04 394 4441, www.baitalbahar.com
Klayya Bakery and Sweets INFO: Barsha Mall, 04 325 5335
Klayya Bakery and Sweets INFO: Barsha Mall, 04 325 5335
Local Bites Café INFO: Jumeirah Beach Road, 04 338 5855, www.localbites.ae
Local Bites Café INFO: Jumeirah Beach Road, 04 338 5855, www.localbites.ae
Local House INFO: House 51, Al Fahidi, 04 354 0705;www.localhousedubai.com
Local House INFO: House 51, Al Fahidi, 04 354 0705;www.localhousedubai.com
Mama Tani INFO: Town Centre Mall, 04 385 4437, www.mamatani.com
Mama Tani INFO: Town Centre Mall, 04 385 4437, www.mamatani.com
Milas INFO: The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai 04 388 2313, www.milas.cc
Milas INFO: The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai 04 388 2313, www.milas.cc
Laylati Café INFO: Grand Hyatt Dubai, 04 317 1234
Laylati Café INFO: Grand Hyatt Dubai, 04 317 1234

It's Dubai Food Festival time! The fest is on from 21 February to 15 March and we’re celebrating some of the top local cuisine on offer here in Dubai. Enjoy! 

Al Hadheera: Immerse yourself in Arabian culture within the walls of a traditional fort in the desert. Attached to the luxurious Bab al Shams Desert Resor and Spa, Al Hadheera is so much more than a restaurant. In addition to mouth-watering Arabic cuisine cooked at the live cooking stations, wood-fired ovens and spit roasts, you’ll also witness a dazzling falconry display, camel caravan, horse show, Arabic singer and Tanoura dancer; INFO: Bab Al Shams Desert & Spa Resort, 04 809 6194;www.meydanhotels.com/babalshams

Al Fanar: It’s worth visiting this canal-side Emirati restaurant as much for the quirky décor as for its classic menu; INFO: Dubai Festival City Mall, 04 232 9966, www.alfanarrestaurant.com

Al Makan: Located within the winding lanes of Souk Madinat, Al Makan serves all the Emirati classic from mezzes of moutabel and fattoush, to kebabs and manakish; INFO: Souk Madinat, 04 368 6593; www.jumeirah.com

Amaseena: The perfect setting – on the beach in a tented village – to enjoy the flavours of Arabia; INFO: Ritz Carlton, 04 399 4000, www.ritzcarlton.com

Bait 1971: This three-storey beachfront venue is a bar-plus-restaurant and has a distinct Emirati feel with great sea views from its rooftop; INFO: Bait Al Bahar, Offshore Sailing Club, 04 394 4441, www.baitalbahar.com

Klayya Bakery and Sweets: The classic Emirati breakfast dishes of baked breads and sweets are easily washed down with a great cup of amazing tea - karak chai; INFO: Barsha Mall, 04 325 5335

Local Bites Café: Serves Emirati favourites in a casual yet funky-designed café; INFO: Jumeirah Beach Road, 04 338 5855, www.localbites.ae

Local House: Set within a traditional wind-tower house in the historic Al Fahidi neighbourhood, it’s the perfect setting to sample true Emirati flavours; INFO: House 51, Al Fahidi, 04 354 0705;www.localhousedubai.com

Mama Tani: Serves fresh khameer breads, stuffed with any manner of sweet, savoury or bespoke fillings, but with a touch of modernised flair. You can even get hot drinks made with camel milk; INFO: Town Centre Mall, 04 385 4437, www.mamatani.com

Milas: Through its rich flavours and smells, Milas promises to awake all your senses to Emirati hospitality; INFO: The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai 04 388 2313, www.milas.cc

Laylati Café: Although a long-standing option on the Emirati dining scene, this café remains a hidden gem. Head here for a classic selection of Emirati dishes; INFO: Grand Hyatt Dubai, 04 317 1234

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