Al Fanar

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  • Al Fanar
This Emirati restaurant serves up delicious cuisine with a slice of history thrown in for good measure. Located within a converted pearl merchant’s house, patrons can dine outside at the traditional majlis on floor cushions or at the tables opposite. Inside, there are dozens of photographs of Old Dubai in the ‘60s depicting Bedouin life. The restaurant’s Souq Moshad sells all kinds of traditional trinkets and is dedicated to the memory of the Indian spice merchant who imported the idea of street markets to the emirate. Waiting staff are friendly, though sometimes appear confused by the menu. The kafat samak (fish cakes) to start and the threed deyay (chicken stew) are both tasty, homely and comforting. This can be followed up with a sweet treat of leqaimat (fried dough drenched in date syrup). Al Fanar is a brilliant place to experience traditional Emirati cooking, culture and history, but the service could be sharper. Al Fanar
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 27 April 2015

Location: - Festival City - Dubai
Tel: 04 232 9966
Travel: Canal Walk
Cuisine: Arabic
Times: Open daily 8.30am-11.30pm
Price range: Dhs200-349
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes
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  • Fatema Al Shehhi Sep 30, 2015 10:48 am
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    This is a good restaurant. They serve a delicious traditional food. Their service was very good. The price was reasonable. It wasn't too high.
  • James Apr 18, 2013 12:25 pm
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    I was strolling down from intercon with wife and mates, to my surprise we found alfanar. At first we thought it was one of those museum and started taking pictures as we were all intrigued by the place. I didnt know it was a restaurant until we met a gentle young chap who generously explained the concept and theme of the place. Now I am not a fan of arabic cuisines but he single handedly convinced my wife, all my mates and myself to try emirates national food. Hands down it was the best food I have tasted and devoured during my many visits to the emirates. Bravo and I definitely recommend anyone visiting UAE to try it. My favorite was shrimp rice and would come back for more. Cheers
  • Ahmed Apr 18, 2013 12:02 pm
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    this restaurant is by far the best and truly represents our country. being emarati i cant find any other restaurant that specializes in our national food. there are other arab restaurant that have UAE food in their menu but taste and quality cannot match fanar. fanar is the best and i applaud the restaurant for the best food, concept, service and maintaining our culture. as UAE national i am honored and proud of fanar.
  • Chin Chin Ang Oct 26, 2012 06:02 pm
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    It's truly experienced of Emarati Cuisine... Everything was superb from the foods to the ambience, strongly recommended!
  • Mohamad Oct 23, 2012 12:47 pm
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    It is really the first and only Emarati Restaurant, even the staff are not arabic and they talk in arabic. the seafood patters are verygood. but during the weekend there is awaiting list for more than 40 minutes :-(

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