11 foodie influencers to follow

Local Instagram feeds you need to have on your radar

11 foodie influencers to follow

Hungry? You will be after you’ve hit ‘Follow’ on this lot. For better or worse, the UAE has no shortage of foodie influencers on Instagram, but which ones are worth keeping up with? And which ones will have you shelling out all your hard-earneds on some of the city’s tastiest-looking dishes? (Follow with caution…) We take a look at a few of the new challengers to start scrolling through now – and a couple of the scene’s more established titans of tucking in.

The up-and-comers

Burrrps A Lot

Like your food snaps with a burp rating? This page gives a Burrrpsalot score out of a 5 for every dish posted. Top rated so far? Octopus at Bussola, walnut labneh toast at Mad Tailors, scrambled egg money bags at Cocoa Room and shami kebab sliders at Mohalla. Dig in. Pardon you.

Destination Gourmet
Dubai-based food enthusiast Adriana charts her travels to some of the world’s foremost culinary hotposts – from Porto to Tokyo – while also sharing drool-worthy dishes from top restaurants around the UAE. When she’s not sampling Michelin-starred cuisine, she’s cooking up a storm in her own kitchen.

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Dubai Foodies

Visiting the city’s more accessible restaurants and cafés, you’ll find ratings of dishes from casual eateries all over the city. This feed’s photos aren’t the best around, and the posts aren’t as regular as elsewhere, but for a burgeoning account (and food that won’t blow your own budget) it’s worth keeping an eye on.

She’s “just a girl, standing in front of a fridge, asking the universe how she can make lunch without having to wash dishes after”. Aren’t we all. Head to this one for recipes and top tips on how to re-use your leftovers (including last night’s excessive takeaway).

Spin My Plate Dxb
Variety is the spice of Instagram – and you’ll find it here. Burgers, vada pav, lava cakes, sushi, biryani and beyond. Want to know where to get a cappuccino with Drake’s face sprinkled onto the top? Take a peek to find out.

Tanishq and Kurush  

Foodie Instagrammers can often leave you feeling like your dining aspirations aren’t lofty enough. Not so with these two. Denny’s breakfasts, McDonald’s ice creams, curries at Claypot and fried mushrooms at Fuddruckers – it’s a fast food fiend’s cheese dream.

The Scrumptious Scavengers 
One of the most colourful accounts around – literally. Nepalese momos, Mexican rostada, lobster risotto and golden macarons – surprised to learn it’s run by “a bunch of accounting professionals, bored with their mundane routine”? This one also has a blog site with restaurant and hotel reviews.

The heavyweights

Courtney Brandt

Want to know what all those tasty-looking dishes actually cost before your stomach gets set on them? You’re not alone – and Courtney Brandt does just that, from Dhs600-and-up tasting menus to Dhs36 whole fried pickles (at Chicago Meatpackers on The Pointe, and yes, we’re heading straight there too).


Blogger, event organiser and consultant Samantha takes some terrific photographs – whether she’s tearing into a cheese and spinach-stuffed pretzel at BB Social Dining or mountain of crab at Dampa Seafood Grill, you’ll want to join in.

Naomi D’Souza

This UAE blogger not only has an Instagram feed so sweet it’ll give you toothache, but she’s also a mechanical engineer and strategy consultant. Love your desserts? You know where to look.

Kim & Den
These two always seem to be genuinely having fun – and why wouldn’t they be? It’s a feed filled with food and travel, two things bound to put a smile on anyone’s face. Whether it’s the best hotdogs ever in Sweden, cheeseboards in The Dubai Mall or towering nine-fillet-tall Buffalo chicken burgers, you’ll want to be where they are.

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