Dubai's ultimate takeaways guide
We loosen our belts and dig in to the city's best delivered food 2 Comments
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With temperatures rising, team Time Out has given up eating out (okay, this isn’t strictly true) in favour of ordering in. And it seems we’re not alone – according to the good people at takeaway specialist Bombay by the Bay, deliveries during summer increase by 30 per cent. With this in mind, we’ve embarked on our most extensive takeaway feature to date. We’ve covered nine different areas across Dubai, ordering a meal for two in four different cuisines, rating them on vital takeaway criteria (see how we did it below). So whatever your taste or wherever you live, we’ve got your delivery options covered.
How we did it
We rated each delivery service on the following:
• Range and diversity of dishes on the menu
• How easy it was to place an order by phone
• Delivery time accuracy
• Taste test
Discovery Gardens, Emirates Hills & Jebel Ali
The menu: Dishes on the traditional menu include achari chicken tikka, dahl tadkewali, jeera rice and roomali roti.
On the phone: The staff handled our meal requests with ease.
Clock watch: They said 45 minutes; it took 40.
Food on arrival: Everything arrived piping hot, in extremely generous portions and sturdy containers, ensuring none of the extremely tasty dahl escaped along the way.
Average price of a meal for two: Dhs90. (04 363 9948).
The menu: Prices are good value and, although the menu is fairly limited, it’s nice to find a selection of traditional Iranian stews and kebabs.
On the phone: The language barrier proved a bit of a problem at first, but we persevered and got there eventually.
Clock watch: They said 50 minutes; it took 20.
Food on arrival: Everything was hot and mercifully free from spillage, and the food itself was hearty, wholesome and moreish.
We particulary enjoyed the meat stew.
Dhs100. www.persiadining.com (04 360 8880).
The menu: NKD prides itself on healthy, probiotic pizzas. We went for Mediterranean pizza and ‘breadstixx’.
On the phone: No hitches whatsoever.
Clock watch: They said 30 minutes; it arrived right on time.
Food on arrival: Hot and fresh – the flavour hadn’t withered at all en route.
Dhs70. www.nkdpizza.com (04 453 4313).
The menu: Lemongrass offers Thai classics such as yan woon sen, bamee gaeng and tom yam goong.
On the phone: Smooth sailing.
Clock watch: They said 45 minutes; it took 35.
Food on arrival: It arrived so hot the kitchen could have been next door (it wasn’t). Nothing leaked, there wasn’t too much oil, and everything down to the prawns in the tom yam soup tasted fresh.
Dhs70. www.lemongrassrestaurants.com (04 368 5616).
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