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The Taste of Tradition

The Taste of Tradition

Sample the local flavour at these 10 great restaurants

Exuberant with spices and crowned with generous portions of lamb, chicken or seafood, the Emirati cuisine has many similarities with the kitchens of Morocco, the Levant and the rest of the Arab world, yet it still has its own unique character. While there are so many small-time restaurants that serve traditional Emirati food, not all offer inspired, carefully-presented dishes, but done right, Emirati food is an absolute culinary delight. Over recent years, a few chefs and restaurants have worked hard to perfect some of the national dishes, sometimes adding their own flair to traditional recipes. If you are a gourmet traveller after a flavourful adventure in the UAE, at these 10 restaurants is where your culinary journey through traditional local dishes should begin...

Al Fanar Restaurant & Café

An iconic showcase of the culture and the exquisite tastes of the UAE, Al Fanar serves authentic Emirati cuisine in a nostalgic culture-themed setting, where you can feed not just your stomach, but your curiosity as well. Multiple locations; +971 4 232 9966 (Dubai Festival City);


Logma is a generous invitation to bite into the Emira-te’s delicious culinary treasures in a friendly and authentic ambience that mirrors Dubai’s flair for combining the traditional with the contemporary. Boxpark, Al Wasl Road, Dubai; +971 800 56462;

Seven Sands

Serving mouth-watering, Emirati-inspired creations, Seven Sands will take you on a cultural journey through the seven emirates at its stylish beachside location. The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai; +971 4 551 6652;


A seamless dining experience with a menu of artfully re-imagined classics, Milas represents the Emirati lifestyle of today and tomorrow with the uniqueness of Emirati genero-sity and taste. Multiple locations; +971 4 388 2313 (Dubai Mall);


Combining culinary traditions of both Levantine and Emirati origins, Siraj offers guests a unique experience with a setting that combines rich Arabian-inspired décor with sweeping views of the Dubai fountains and Burj Khalifa. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai; +971 4 513 6207; sirajrestaurant.‌com


A top choice for Emirati dining in Abu Dhabi, this unique restaurant offers first-class Emirati cuisine composed of a variety of beautifully cooked and presented local dishes in an ambientand refined setting. Emirates Place, Abu Dhabi; +971 2 690 7999;

Al Barza Restaurant & Cafe

Situated along Jumeirah Beach Road, Al Barza is one of the first modern dining concepts derived from the Emirati heritage and traditional kitchen. Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai ; +971 4 343 5910;

Al Bait Al Oud

Housed within a traditional Emirati house with a spacious courtyard, this beautifully designed restaurant is the perfect choice for wholesome home-cooked Emirati food. House 55, Al Fahidi, Dubai; +971 52 820 2830


Aseelah brings forth a blend of traditional Emirati culture, heritage and hospitality with a modern twist. Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, Baniyas, Dubai; +971 4 205 7333

Fenyaal Café

This café aims to portray the authentic coffee culture in traditional Arab hospitality, with a menu that includes a wide variety of coffee, freshly baked pastries and breakfast dishes. Al Qasba, Sharjah; +971 6 519 5494;

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