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Zaroob, Sheikh Zayed Road
Best Budget Winner
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A funky eatery that’s always busy with a diverse clientele, Zaroob is a great place to swing by for a lunchtime bite or a casual dinner, just don’t expect particularly good service. The food however is a different story, with deliciously fresh zaatar, tasty French fries and perfectly grilled chicken on offer. Try the koshari (fondly known as the poor man’s Egyptian dinner) for a total carb fest and be sure to order one of the fresh juices, served in funky glass jars. The decor is trendy, with graffiti-style artwork, bright colours and wooden panels, while the prices are more than reasonable. It’s also open 24 hours a day so is a great late night snacking spot. If you’re looking for budget food that’s decidedly tasty, and can get past the shoddy service, then Zaroob is a great little spot to have on your radar.
Open 24 hours. Sheikh Zayed Road, www.zaroob.com (04 327 6060).


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