Wox: You needn’t hit the side streets for an affordable meal. Dubai’s hotels are also home to budget gems, and Wox is one of our favourites. This tiny spot boasts two live cooking woks, where they’ll make up any noodle or stir-fry dish you could desire. It’s fast yet slick, and the free tea just keeps flowing.

Recommended dish: The Vietnamese beef soup (Dhs40) is full of good-quality meat and noodles in a beautiful broth. It’s served with a side full of veggies, herbs and spices to adorn your dish as you wish.
Grand Hyatt, Oud Metha (04 317 1234).