Bait Al Wakeel: We return to Bait Al Wakeel again and again whenever we have visitors, or just the good fortune to be around the Bastakiya area with an appetite. The key to this restaurant is its setting: on stilts, over the creek – ideal for dhow and abra watching. So good is the location that the cheap price of the meals is shocking. Although be warned – the food quality is nothing to write home about.

Recommend dish: Any of the Arabic dishes (from Dhs30). Avoid the noodles and noodle soups.
Textile Souk, Bur Dubai (04 353 0530).