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Throughout Dubai Food Festival, these 10 restaurants will offer a one-day only special meal deal, where diners can enjoy a two-course meal for only Dh25 per person.

Foodies across the city have spoken and voted for the best lesser-known restaurants and cafes in Dubai, that offer value-for-money dining options.

Here is a list of the top 10 Dubai Hidden Gems 2018, in no particular order:


Smat Café & Restaurant (Emirati)

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Set in a traditional Arabian setting, Smat Café & Restaurant offers Emirati recipes that have been passed on through generations. Get to know the culture a little better through affordable and delicious food.

Location Al Barajeel Oasis Complex, Uptown Mirdiff Cost Dh25 for a 2 course meal Timings Available on March 6


Chai and Co. (Emirati)

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Enjoy an out-of-the-pot experience with piping hot Karak tea and mouthwatering Emirati bites at this café.

Location Al Warqa Cost Dh25 for a 2 course meal Timings Available on March 5


Fish Hut (Asian Seafood)

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From seasonal king fish and hammour to tiger prawns and calamari, indulge in continental seafood dishes. 

Location Oud Metha Cost Dh25 for a 2 course meal Timings Available on February 25


Ayubowan (Sri Lankan)

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Offering a variety of Sri Lankan fare, Ayubowan, offers regional Sri Lankan cuisine, so you can eat your way throughout the country.

Location Cluster N in JLT Cost Dh25 for a 2 course meal Timings Available on February 27


Wok n Roll (Pan Asian)

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Right in the heart of the Al Barsha neighbourhood, this Asian fusion restaurant offers incredible food including dimsums, rolls and noodles – all at very reasonable prices.

Location Al Barsha Cost Dh25 for a 2 course meal Timings Available on February 28


That Place Café (Fusion)

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Located in Jumeirah 3, That Place Café brings together flavours and iconic dishes from around the world and places them in round, scrumptious buns. Try anything with melted chocolate from there and you won't regret it. 

Location Jumeirah 3 Cost Dh25 for a 2 course meal Timings Available on February 26


Grub Shack (Indian)

With a variety of Goan, Chinese, Indian and North Indian cuisine on offer, Grub Shack in Umm Hurrair serves up hearty food and fun vibes, all in a rustic setting.

Location Umm Hurrair Cost Dh25 for a 2 course meal Timings Available on March 1


Hot Palayok (Filipino)

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Tucked away in Al Karama, this Filipino restaurant serves delicious treats, from Pinoy favourites like Adobo and Tilapia to Pan Asian food including ramen and sushi.

Location Al Karama Cost Dh25 for a 2 course meal Timings Available on March 4


Tum Tum Asia (Asian)

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With a trendy take on Asian street food, Tum Tum Asia located in Oud Metha offers a wide selection of vegetarian dishes.

Location Oud Metha Cost Dh25 for a 2 course meal Timings Available on March 7


Wooden Cellar (Greek)

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The Wooden Cellar offers preserved Greek dishes that are inspired by the kitchens of grandmothers (affectionately called ‘Yiayias’). Tuck into tender meats roasted on a spit or souvla, layered sandwiches and vibrant salads.

Location Dubai Sports City Cost Dh25 for a 2 course meal Timings Available on March 8