Best Budget Winner 44 Comments
Bu Qtair benefits from its stark contrast to the clichéd Dubai eatery: it's an utterly basic shack, set right on the beach (beside its polar opposite, the Burj Al Arab), with plastic chairs to sit on. This disparity, combined with the fact that it serves rather good fish attracts a diverse, but sizeable crowd, from Western tourists who want to experience the less glitzy side of Dubai and the crowds of Asian expats who have grown up on its menu, to the Umm Suqeim Sallys and Steves who live around the corner. Service is succinct (at times, rude) and comes with a thick accent, and the (verbal) menu consists of prawns, hammour, sheri and whatever else has washed in that day, combined with curry sauce, naan, rice and soft drinks. But as you'll struggle to spend more than Dhs100 for two (where else can you feast like a king at that price, with a view of the city's 'seven star'?) this place is a must-visit.
Open 7pm-midnight. Road 4d, Umm Suqeim (055 705 2130).
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