Let’s cut to the chase. If you take expanding your foodie horizons as seriously as we do, then you need to up your hide-and-seek game. Forget your run-of-the-mill, in-plain-sight eateries. Now, we’re all about Dubai’s best-hidden gems that’ll have you either walk around the block because they’re tucked away down some dark alley or hidden deep inside a desert. Sounds fun doesn’t it? We thought so too!
Praise the culinary Gods for bestowing these delectable gifts; here are a few gourmet gems you should indulge in right now. If you know any that fit the bill, feel free to let us know, to help us and our readers.
Renowned as one of the top Kerala restaurants in Dubai, this much-loved eatery celebrates the Indian state’s rich diversity in cuisine by serving both coastal and regional specialties. Their menu includes a variety of dishes, made using the freshest ingredients thereby upholding the highest hygienic standards. If you’re not from the state or country, make sure to visit the place to know what you’re missing out on. You can then thank us (and so will your taste buds) for introducing you to dishes that are rich in flavor and that will give you a bang for your buck. The long queues especially on weekdays are a testimony of this.
2. Al Damyati and Iskandaron
While many restaurants claim to offer you a meal that is both satisfying to your mouth and wallet, only a few fit the bill. One such place is Al Damyati and Iskandaron, located in Karama. Now, on the menu, you can find an attractive selection of reasonably priced flavorful Middle Eastern food served in good portions. Whether you want to indulge in their famous lamb chops, kebabs, shish taouk, or falafel balls they have it all under one roof. Apart from this, you can also opt for their kebab platters that are perfect for groups.
3. Al Ustad Special Kabab
This is a popular joint amongst both residents in Dubai and tourists – for the hardcore meat-eaters. It can be found in Bur Dubai and is one place you definitely shouldn’t miss if you seek the rush of great flavors. Their most popular dishes are the Kabab Khas and Joujeh Kabab and the portions do complete justice to the price, thereby representing a great combo. So if you still don’t know about this place despite living here for years or are simply new to the city, then do yourselves a favor and head there today!
Built with a passion for great food and service along with hard work and persistence, Eric’s thrives on serving their guests home-like food. Majorly known for Goan cuisine, they also serve street style chinese and Mughai dishes. It allows them to cater to customers from a wide spectrum.
5. Hidden Cafe
Desert pop-ups have been flooding our Instagram feeds all winter. Already found in Sharjah, Ajman, and other parts of the UAE, the latest member is now in Dubai. Aptly named Hidden, designed with rope deck chairs in dazzling white around toasty campfires, earthy woven bean bags, and rattan sofas draped in plush cushions, this off-the-grid desert pop-up cafe oozes boho vibes. The best time to visit is during sunset, where you can enjoy impeccable views while curling up in their cozy seats with a coffee in your hand. The stunning star feature here is the mirrored installation that reflects the picturesque setting around you.
Tucked away in the Oberoi Dubai, Kimuraya is known to provide an authentic izakaya-style dining experience. Choose from unlimited hotpot or Japanese Wagyu that comes with 20+ sides that is guaranteed to leave you feeling happy and satisfied. The best part is they have branches across various parts of Dubai, so you’re sure to find one near you!
7. Super Bowl Asian Cafe
Craving katsu curry and rice? Or some teriyaki chicken with broccoli and rice? We’ve got you! Super Bowl, located in JLT has an extensive menu featuring an exciting range of Asian dishes. They also have an unlimited Dim Sum menu at just AED 45.
A quaint little restaurant nestled in Jameel Arts Centre is the newest addition to Dubai’s dining experiences. Their menu features experiential dishes made in-house using seasonal ingredients sourced locally. It ranges from breakfast items and a lunch menu to a dinner tasting concept. If you’re looking for something that ensures every single ingredient served on the plate offers value for money, then you’re looking in the right place.
9. Vibrissae Cat Cafe
Coffee, the bitter beginning of so many people’s mornings, has been enjoyed by humans since at least the 13th century. That being said, with the rise in coffee shops across the city, one might certainly be looking for something more refreshing. That’s where Vibrissae comes into the picture, where they don’t just serve coffee, but also smoothies and milkshakes that you can enjoy while spending quality time with cats. This cafe is here to break the monotony and for all the right reasons – that we are paw-sitive of.
While this may not seem like a “hidden gem” to most of you, it is still unknown to many. Widely known for their exciting range of sizzlers, where you can choose from chicken, beef, seafood and vegetarian options. Their portion sizes are enough for two, or one hungry monster. Apart from this, they also serve delicious Indo-chinese and an exciting range of bakery items.