Dubai has an amazing and diverse food scene made up by the many immigrants who reside here from around the world such as India, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. If you have an adventurous palate, the experience here will be unbelievable.
My husband, who is native of Lebanon, has introduced me to many of the Middle Eastern dishes from his motherland. Some of the most delicious foods I’ve experienced are lamb kabobs, tabbouleh, baba ganoush, hummus, raw kibbeh (raw lamb with bulgur), and the best dessert in the world: baklava. So far, I haven’t found anything I didn’t like to eat! With our visit to Dubai in sight, I was looking forward to the many different restaurants my husband said we would be going to while in Dubai and I was really excited to add to my experience of this amazing city.
Below are some great dining suggestions for you to enjoy while in Dubai:
Sofitel Dubai’s Maui Beach Restaurant
After a day of sightseeing at the Palm Resort and Spa, we went to the Sofitel Dubai Hotel to enjoy dinner on the beach at Maui Beach Restaurant. Rabih, our nephew, recommended this luxury hotel and restaurant as he knew we would enjoy the experience of the beach and dining out next to the water. We sampled some delicious kabobs, as well as some other flatbread appetizers. This 5-star beach resort created a chic Polynesian design atmosphere with a French flair that made you feel like you were in paradise.
Since my husband and his relatives are all Lebanese, it was only appropriate to dine at one of the best Mediterranean seafood restaurants that serve seafood cooked the “Lebanese” way. We enjoyed our meal as we sat on the terrace with an unbelievable view of the Arabian Gulf. Guests are welcome to visit the fish counter and choose from a large variety of fresh fish to be cooked to their fancy. The fish selection for our meal this evening was Sultan Ibrahim. The fish, after being discalced and gutted, is deep fried whole from head to tail. The freshly cooked fish was tasty along with the many sides of salads, hummus, and fried eggplant.
While at the Emirates Mall, we stopped at Almaz Momo to sit down and rest from all the walking and window shopping. The Moroccan décor inside is complemented with beautiful glass lanterns with vibrant colors of red, orange, green and blue hanging from the ceiling. We each had a nice cup of hot tea and cookies as we enjoyed the tranquility of the Almaz Momo. I must also note that Almaz Momo also offers a complete dining experience for lunch and dinner.
Em Sherif Restaurant
As we entered this distinguished fine-dining restaurant, I was overwhelmed by the lavish design of an antique oriental mansion style created by the owner, Mireille Hayek, or “Em Sherif,” as she is known. We were seated at an elegantly dressed table with fine china and silverware. In the center of the table was a large turntable which, I later discovered, is where the platters of food will be placed for the ease of serving ourselves and sharing with others as well. The menu is created daily with distinguished entrees and a promise to surprise patrons’ palates. Each table in the restaurant had several servers, each with assigned duties to make sure every detail, want, and need is taken care of promptly and with the utmost care. Reservations are required and you should plan to spend at least four hours enjoying this unbelievable dining experience at such a luxurious restaurant. The food was delectable and the service was impeccable.
My husband loves falafel, which is a deep-fried ball made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, and other herbs. It has a consistency of hush-puppy but maybe a little denser. After a day at the beach, we stopped at Operation Falafel to grab a bite to eat. Operation Falafel’s atmosphere is made to make you feel like you are in the old city marketplace with people hustling and shouting out orders. The smell of the fried falafel fragranced the air and our mouths began to water as we were all a bit hungry. I added a side salad with tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and cheese served with tahini salad dressing. We also sampled meat bread, also known as safiha, along with hummus and pickled turnips. This old-fashion eatery served up some delicious food.
Aprons and Hammers
We climbed aboard a historical Dhow (the Arabic word for the sailing vessel) to enjoy buckets of freshly-caught seafood and have a few laughs with each other. We dressed in white aprons to avoid getting our clothes dirty from the buttery juices of our lobster tails and crab claws. Aprons and Hammers has been voted the number one restaurant in Dubai. We had the pleasure of sitting outside on the upper deck with a stunning view of the jetties and luxurious yachts. Our order consisted of prawns, lobsters, mussels, and crabs, all prepared with a special sauce. We had fun cracking and smashing the shell. Everything we ordered was scrumptious and very yummy!
Although most of our restaurant selections were Middle Eastern or had a Middle Eastern flair, Dubai is filled with a variety of eateries from sushi, Indian cuisine, pizza, American fast-food, and anything else you can name! The Emirates region will be unlike any food you have ever had, so be prepared to have a great experience. I encourage you to research each restaurant before you book a reservation to find out what others say about their experience. Dubai is a luxurious resort for Europe and the Middle East so expect to see lots of high-class accommodations. I must say every experience I had was over the top and I hope that you have the same experience as well.