The term “fast food” doesn’t necessarily relate to pizza places, but Paavo’s manages to pull off speedy service and delivery with consummate ease. Although its detractors might say this is because its creations are pretty simple, you’d be foolish to think that more haste meant less taste. It often has cracking offers on, too, especially the double deal for two large pizzas and a chocolate pizza for just Dhs74.
With its cheapest shawarma coming in at less than Dhs10, this is a good budget option. There’s also a more substantial, and slightly more expensive, Turkish pita shawarma, which is worth the extra handful of dirhams. Salads, hummus and mezze are also available, plus the more unusual shawarma pizza.
This South Indian restaurant has branches all over the world and a steady stream of families dining in every branch. You can also get it delivered, of course, though navigating the huge menu (with plenty of dishes that are only available at certain times) over the telephone can be a bit of a minefield. You might not always get what you set out to order, but you will get a lot of very tasty food.
The home-grown Lebanese joint has a menu covering wraps, salads, pizza and more, however it’s the manakish that we return time and again for. There are plenty of gooey cheese options and none of them come in at more than Dhs20.
When you’re craving a delicious, old-fashioned burger without the gourmet price tag, these famous square beef, chicken or veggie patties are a satisfying budget bite. Topped with fresh salad, pickles and sauces, they’re sandwiched in the softest bread bun that holds its own, right to the end. There are a selection of salads, chilli (as in con carne) and boneless chicken wings as sides, but for the best experience, go with the crisp skin-on fries.
This reasonably priced chain serves some deeply delicious, great value Amritsari classics. The menu ranges from stuffed kulcha breads served with chole or chicken gravy to thali, typical mains and biryanis to breakfast rolls and pav served all day.
Those craving a good-old British version of the humble doner will be hard pushed to find a better one than this. The 100 percent chicken or lamb versions are perfectly spiced and served in a traditional pitta bread with salad, in a burger bun, wrapped in an omelette or combined with rice or fresh naan bread. You’ll also find seekh kebabs, spicy curries, biryani and some Pakistani specials like haleem (lentil and meat stew) and halwa puri (fried unleavened bread served with semolina pudding) served on certain days.
A fun 1920s gangster theme runs throughout, from the branding down to the dishes. The selection is small – a few burgers, some sides and salads – but that’s because it’s all about the chicken wings here. With 18 different mobster-themed sauces to smother them in, all with quirky names and flavour combinations, the choice will seem endless to the uninitiated. But once you get a taste of the variety on offer, you’ll be hooked.
Anyone hankering for a German doner kebab should come here. The meat is tasty and the sandwich comes in a fresh pitta. You can also go for it in a wrap, salad or box (with fries). Pick your meat, choose your bread, veggies sauce and any extras and away you go.
This American burger chain’s delivery service has most of the city covered. Choose your bun – artisan white, multigrain or “iceburger” (a burger wrapped in iceberg lettuce) then go classic or stack it with the meat, salads and condiments of your dreams, including pepper jack cheese, avocados, fried “onion strings” and honey mustard dressing. Sloppy, hearty and indulgent, these burgers are all the comfort food you need.
Shawarmas are dime-a-dozen in Dubai, and rarely can you chuck the word “gourmet” in front of them and get away with it. But at S’wich, which was launched with more than a helping hand from the former head chef at award-winning Downtown Dubai restaurant La Serre, it is perfectly justified. A quick and easy build-your-own menu makes ordering a 60 second job, as you choose one of five main fillings – chicken, veal, beef, duck, mushroom – and then up to four supplements from a list of 20, and sauce. Combinations are plentiful and by ordering online, you can save your creations for next time.