Best of Emirates Food Fish and Chips

Disappointing Emirati restaurant near Jumeirah's Village Mall Reviews

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It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but Best of Emirates Food Fish and Chips is a name that’s hard to forget. In fact, it’s a name that has long stared up at me from one of the many takeaway menus cluttering my desk. Eventually I gave in. I had to visit the restaurant, if only for its ridiculous title. There was also the added bonus that it claims to serve authentic Emirati cuisine, which, oddly enough, is a rarity in the UAE.

I found Best of Emirates Food Fish and Chips totally empty. Not only were there no customers, but there were no staff either. As I deliberated whether I should leave or stand guard until someone appeared, the chef walked through the front door and greeted me with a nod before walking the length of the tiny restaurant and disappearing into the kitchen. A waitress suddenly appeared from nowhere and asked whether I wanted takeaway. A little disoriented, I shook my head and asked if it was possible to eat in – the most stupid question you could ask in a restaurant, but considering the circumstances it felt wholly appropriate.

As tempted as I was to try the fish and chips, I stuck to my guns and inquired which Emirati dishes I should sample. The waitress diligently described each one and I settled for a plate of dango (chickpeas sprinkled with cumin) and arseya. The latter arrived frighteningly quickly – so quickly that I could only assume it had been pre-prepared and heated up.

As a consequence I was confronted with a plate of tepid, porridge-like chicken mush, topped with yellow puddles of oil. The dish didn’t taste any better than it looked: the only discernable texture was the occasional chicken bone. The dango offered some respite – the cumin complemented the chickpeas nicely, enhanced by a squeeze of lemon. However, a restaurant can’t be judged by the quality of its chickpeas, and I reserved judgement for the mains – a meat stew.

Best of Emirates doesn’t pay much attention to the presentation of its dishes, a failing exemplified by the meat thereed – a mound of mush punctuated with occasional carrot, stewed aubergine, soggy bread and what used to be a sheep. For the second time this week (the first being at Lamesa, see opposite), I wondered whether my reaction to the food was cultural rather than critical, but as I picked through the tired, turgid ingredients, I couldn’t shake the suspicion that this had been reheated rather than freshly prepared.

I’m always ready to champion small, independent restaurants, but I can’t bring myself to say anything good about the food here. The upsides? Well, the bill was about the same price as my taxi fare home, though my journey was infinitely more enjoyable. Perhaps I should have opted for the fish and chips, after all.

The bill (for one)
1x Arseya
1x Dago Dhs10
1x Meat thereed Dhs45
Total (excluding service) Dhs65

By Oliver Robinson
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Jumeirah, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 344 4228
  • Travel: Jumeirah Beach Road

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User reviews

  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Maya on 22 Jul ' 12 at 14:12
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The critic is wrong. Its an amazing place

Posted by: Lubna on 22 Jul ' 12 at 13:27
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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This place serves REAL local food. Clearly this critic knows nothing about UAE traditional food and so went in expecting god knows what. They make the best lugaimat and khameer and hubba al hamra tea. I've been going to this place for years and its one of the rare places where one can find traditional food...delicious and cheap!

Posted by: UAE girl on 02 Nov ' 11 at 12:32
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I have personally tried fish and chips , and I am really impressed i loved the food and loved the variety of Arabian flavors . It's so good to have the emirates food in a luxury way like this . It's nice for a change to sit on the floor and indulge UAE culture .I even enjoyed the complimentary Arabic coffee they serve the moment you enter. The staff were friendly and were ready to explain every dish in the menu . The best dish is jesheed which as they told me it's the baby of the shark cooked with Arabic spices and comes with rice . I also loved the smell of the fresh bread they bake as we order .I recommend it to everyone . I will definitely visit them again.

Posted by: humaid on 02 Nov ' 11 at 11:21
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

very nice food and real local food ,but (Always the Fruit tree should be thrown with stones)

Posted by: Salma on 02 Sep ' 11 at 15:10

Some very harsh words its hard to find a good review for a resturant . Well i suppose thats a critic job to sit and just say how bad the food was.

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