Midnight snacks are one thing but if you want to really fill your belly after dark you need to venture further than your fridge
Jabal Al Noor Jabal Al Noor is the perfect spot to curb any nocturnal kebab cravings (the chicken charcoal plate offers up mounds of juicy bird for a mere Dhs32). Plus, with four outlets and a 3am closing time, you can grab a bite, no matter what part of town the party’s in. Al Mina Road, Satwa (04 398 3613). Open 7am-3am daily. Other locations: Oud Metha Road, behind Rashid Hospital, Karama (04 335 3259); Al Diyafah Road, Satwa (04 398 9800); Jumeirah Beach Road (04 394 4966)
Ravi Restaurant Few things are as compelling as the simple Pakistani food, canteen furniture and unintentional street theatre at Ravi’s. No matter the time of night, you can sit outside munching on juicy, tender kebabs or curries (we’re partial to butter chicken and mutton palak) and watch the tireless tide of humanity sweep by. If you the miss the 3am closing, fear not. The place will open up again two hours later. And you thought you were sleep deprived? Satwa (04 331 5353), near Rydges Plaza. Open Sat-Thu 5am-3am, Fri 1.30pm-3am
Counter Culture Insomniacs living in the Marina may find themselves a little, well, hungry when the wee hours set in. Even during the day, the area can be lacking for inexpensive, grab-and-go fare. Counter Culture, therefore, has become quite a boon to the ’hood. The delicatessen is open 24 hours and serves up some decent grub. Soups, sandwiches, salads, meat pies and pastries are the order of the day, though all the Harbour Hotel & Residence venues will custom-make a meal for you, if that’s your pleasure. Harbour Hotel & Residence (04 319 4000). Open 24 hours daily
Al Mallah Nothing soaks up the plunder of a late-night bender like one of Al Mallah’s warm, drooling cheese manakishes. The Satwa stalwart is also adept at dishing up some mean shawarmas and crispy falafels. It’s also a prime people-watching point, especially on weekend evenings, when young men drive in circles around Satwa showing off their cars. Al Dhiyafa Road, Satwa (04 398 4723). Open Sat-Thu 6am-4am, Fri 12 noon-4am
Zaatar w Zeit There are six branches of this Lebanese chain, most of which close at midnight, though two that are open 24 hours. The mish falafel, served with fava beans, chickpeas and sesame syrup, is a revelation, and you can add to any meal with chips and Arabic sweets. Various locations (800 922 827). Open 24 hours
Al Reef This Karama bakery has its fans, and its no wonder. The joint is open 24 hours, and the food never disappoints. Zaatar saj is crisp and flaky, cheese manakish a gooey, glorious sin, and the sausage and egg version has a comforting all-day-breakfast quality. Karama, near Karama post office (04 396 1980). Open 24 hours
Russian Home Restaurant Can’t sleep? Grab some Russian food – it’s the culinary equivalent of a down duvet. A steaming bowl of borscht should lull you to bed nicely, and if that doesn’t work, try digging into the golubtsy (cabbage stuffed with meat and rice). If you’re still wide awake, at least you’ll be well fed. Oud Metha (04 334 6050). Open 9am-3am daily
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Snacker Jul 27, 2009 07:47 am
Al Reef also has a branch in Al Wasl Road (Just past Safa Park), which is probably more accessible for the Marina clubbers!
Badger Man Jul 27, 2009 07:21 am
Cant believe youve left out the Lebanese Bakery on Al Wasl Road
The place is amazing!
Plus we always seem to provide entertainment for the locals that are munching there - I think its strictly laughing at and not with though.
Flotch Feb 19, 2009 09:44 am
Ravi's also has an outlet in QusaisAl Nahda now
Live to Eat Feb 19, 2009 06:03 am
Hey guys n gals you all should check out "Ibrahimi" Restaurant in Karama, mmmmmmmm the food is delicious and the best part is that it is a buffet (all you can eat)!! If you uys go there check out the BBQ item......I am sure you all will like it!! Bon appetit!!
Swati Pant Feb 19, 2009 05:39 am
I couldn't agree more - at Al Kauser the kakori wraps, tandoori aloo and the biryani ( for those who like Lucknawi/ Awadhi style not Bombay Masala style) is TRUMPS!! Equally gorgeous is their phirni which they usually manage to serve traditionally in mud plates