Dubai's best takeaways

Indian, Chinese, Arabic, pizza and more of the best food home delivery Comments

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Get ready for summer with Dubai’s definitive list of 116 home delivery options.

With summer heat now upon us, and Ramadan on its way, dinner at home has never been so appealing. But are you going to cook? With Dubai takeaways such as NKD sending out up to 150 delivery bikers across the city (each delivering an average of 2.5 orders per hour), we suspect the answer is no. Home-grown takeaway concepts are also on the rise, and expanding; this month Rosso Vivo opens a branch in Dubai Media City, Kcal opens three new branches in July, while Best Burgers Forever opens a second venue in August in TECOM. This week, we’ve put together Dubai’s biggest takeaway guide, with 116 venues listed by cuisine type, including the city’s most popular takeaways, plus plenty of indie options, rating each on the speed of delivery (dividing the distance travelled by time taken to find the kph, in fairness to more removed outlets), value for money and food quality on arrival.

Just Falafel

We ordered the Japanese meal, which came with a falafel wrap, fries and a soft drink. The wrap, which contained avocado, ginger and sesame, was fresh and flavoursome, although the fries were undercooked. We also ordered a lentil side salad, which was decent.
Speed of delivery: 8kph
Average price of a meal for two: Less than Dhs50
Score: 3/5
Dhs29. Al Barsha (04 395 1559), Deira City Centre (04 294 1190), Festival City (04 232 9992), Dubai Marina (04 452 9966), Mizhar (04 255 9099), Mankhool (04 379 9003), Business Bay (04 457 2198), Ibn Battuta Mall (04 451 7676), JLT (04 453 9175), Mall of the Emirates (04 409 9000), The Dubai Mall (04 325 3838).

As it’s pretty greasy, traditionally manakish doesn’t travel very well. Fortunately, speedy delivery means we didn’t have to worry about our akawi cheese seeping through the paper. It arrived warm, with the cheese perfectly stringy and salty, while the bread was not a bit soggy. The accompanying cheeki chicken wrap was also fresh, and the salad free of any wilting.
Speed of delivery: 9.65kph
Average price of a meal for two: Less than Dhs50
Score: 5/5
Dhs32. TECOM (04 457 9456), Al Barsha Mall (04 325 5543), Sheikh Zayed Road (04 379 9945), Al Mizhar (04 283 9660).

Zaatar W Zeit
We simply had to try the manakeesh topped with cheese and the seasoning for which the restaurant is named. We also opted for a side of fattoush salad and a warming spicy chicken ‘speciality’ wrap, all of which arrived in a fraction of the minimum 40-minute delivery time quoted, arriving 15 minutes after the order was placed.
Speed of delivery: 10.8kph
Average price of a meal for two: Less than Dhs100
Score: 4/5
Dhs65. Dubai Marina, Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Festival City, JBR, The Dubai Mall, The Meadows, Ibn Battuta Mall, Motor City (600 522 231).

Our bio-fuel burger arrived fast and fresh, layered with beetroot, egg, and oozing with sauces, while the pumpkin motobites were a refreshing change to fries. High points for speed: despite quoting a delivery time of 45 minutes, our meal arrived in less than 25.
Average price of a meal for two: Less than Dhs100
Speed of delivery: 8.5kph
Score: 4/5
Dhs64. JBR (04 445 8220), The Dubai Mall (04 325 3416), Mirdif City Centre (04 445 8220), Dubai World Trade Centre (04 331 8336), Mall of the Emirates (04 354 9691), Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 438 5056), Al Barsha Mall (04 354 9314).

Gourmet Burger Kitchen
The American classic burger was cooked medium as requested and the meat and bun were good quality and not too greasy. It was also generously proportioned. We were less taken with the disappointing skin-on fries.
Speed of delivery: 1.9kph
Average price: Less than Dhs100
Score: 3/5
Dhs51. Dubai Marina Mall, Mirdif City Centre, DIFC (800 287437).

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By Time Out Dubai staff
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