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Have you tried mouth-watering Emirati food? Do you know the secret ingredients that go into traditional Emirati cuisine? If not, you need to visit one of our listed restaurants to find out.

1. Al Fanar restaurant


Al Fanar makes for intimate dining


The restaurant’s interiors and the aroma of bukhoor immediately send you down a nostalgic path into the Emirates’ traditional heritage as soon as you enter the restaurant. It is a great family restaurant with some excellent food.

The menu Features some popular Emirati favourites such as Khoboz Khameer, Mohalla, and Cake el Tamoor  

What to try The Khanfroush is a must-try and is one of the most delicious Emirati desserts known to man

Location Near Canal Walk, Ground Level, Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai Cost for two Dh180 Timings 8.30am to 11.30pm daily Phone 04 232 9966

2. Logma


Logma is a stand-out place at the new Box Park


Box Park is one of Dubai’s newest food destinations, and that means Logma is one of Dubai’s newest Emirati restaurants. It offers comfortable seating areas with traditional décor.

The menu Includes food that the restaurant insists is cooked only with high quality ingredients. The Emirati dishes are bound to satisfy your taste buds while quickly letting you fall in love with this very elusive cuisine.

What to try We recommend the crunchy Lugaimat, which is made with flour, dry yeast, cardamom powder and water and is served with date syrup or Nutella and nuts.

Location Boxpark, Al Wasl Road, Al Safa, Dubai Cost for two Dh150 Timings Saturday to Wednesday 8am to 12am; Thursday and Friday 8am to 12.30am Phone 800 56462

3. Local House


Try a camel burger at Local House


Local House is a traditional restaurant which provides its visitors with a comfortable dining experience with soft lighting and traditional music to help them relive the traditional Emirati food experience.

The menu Serves Camel pasta, Camel burger, Chicken Kebab, and Dates cake.

What to try You should definitely try the delicious Camel burger sandwich that is served with fresh potato wedges.

Location 51 Al Bastakiya, Near Al Fahidi Round About, Opposite Al Mussalla Post Office, Meena Bazaar, Dubai Cost for two Dh100 Timings 10am to 10pm daily Phone 04 354 0705

4. Mama Tani Café


Fusion cuisine at Mama Tani


Mama Tani Café will take any Emirati back to their childhood days. This café is a perfect destination if you’re looking for a modern twist to traditional Emirati cuisine.

The menu Serves a fusion of traditional Emirati dishes with new ingredients. It offers Khameer with cheese and honey, Kunafa roll, and Rose cheesecake.

What to try You should try the baked sausage Khameer.

Location Level 1, Town Centre, Street 75 B, Next to Mercato Mall, Jumeirah 1, Dubai Cost for two Dh100 Timings 8am to 10pm daily Phone 04 385 4437

5. Milas


You have to try the fried ice-cream at Milas


Milas’s décor is a fusion between traditional Emirati style and the modern day.

The menu Serves grilled halloumi as an appetizer, chicken shawerma as a main light dish and fried Ice cream as a dessert.

What to try We recommend the fried ice-cream

Location The Village, Near Ice Rink, Dubai Mall, Dubai Cost for two Dh200 Timings Sunday to Wednesday 9.30am to 11.30pm; Thursday to Saturday 9.30am to 12.30am  Phone 04 3882313