Don’t be shy, try Bur Dubai, the heartbeat of the city and the best place to dine out on a budget.
Our food-mad friends at Zomato give us the lowdown on the top five places to eat in the Old Town. Trust us; it’s worth the trip down the Sheikh Zayed Road!
One of the legendary restaurants in Dubai, located in Mankhool, Gazebo is known for its traditional Dum Pukht style of cooking along with authentic Awadhi dishes. Curries, kebabs or biryani – when you’re looking for some great Indian food at affordable prices, Gazebo is the place to head to. Eating with your hands isn’t compulsory, but it’s a lot of fun.
Kuwait Road, Mankool. Noon-11.45pm. 04 550 9232/www.zomato.com/dubai/gazebo-mankhool
Betawi, in the heart of Karama, offers pocket-friendly and delicious Indonesian cuisine. One of a very few place that combines quality, price and character, this authentic eatery won’t disappoint when the Nasi Goreng cravings hit. Although it’s recently opened a branch in JLT, the original is still our favourite.
Karma, behind Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel. Noon-11pm. 056 759 8118/www.zomato.com/dubai/betawi-cafe-al-karama
Traditional Indian vegetarian thali (all you can eat) at reasonable prices offering delicious dishes- What’s not to love? A three-course meal at Rasoi Ghar will leave you well-fed and happy, and wanting to go back for more. With great service and authentic food, this one is a must try for the vegetarians or anyone who fancies a meat-free day.
Zainal Mohebi Plaza, Karama (opposite Centrepoint). Noon-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. 04 550 9119/www.zomato.com/rasoigharuae
Hyu Korean in Oud Metha is known for its cultural authenticity and home-grown canteen style interiors, serving whole and hearty Korean food. With attentive servers, great hot pot and delicious ribs, Hyu Korean provides a satisfying, tastebud-tingling experience that will keep you going back.
Garden Home Building, Opposite Rashid Hospital. 11am-3pm, 6pm-11pm. 04 550 9288/www.zomato.com/dubai/hyu
Al Ustad Special Kabab
Al Ustad is an institution, not just a restaurant. Located amongst all the hustle of Bur Dubai, with parking woes being the only concern, it is a place you cannot miss. It is one of Dubai’s oldest establishments serving authentic, no-frills-attached, melt-in-your-mouth Iranian kebabs at great prices in a quirky interior.
Al Musalla Road, Meena Bazaar. Noon-4pm, 6.30pm-1am. 04 397 1469/www.zomato.com/dubai/al-ustad-special-kabab