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Dishes here are true to the nature of eating in the Southeast Asian nation, with a huge focus on fresh, vibrant ingredients, light, healthy cooking techniques and accessible pricing. Two can eat like kings for under Dhs100 and four for under Dhs200, making it the best budget restaurant in town in 2019.
Open Sun-Wed 11am-11pm, Thu-Sat 11am-11.30pm. Cluster D, JLT (04 565 6088).
This Dubai institution serves fresh, simply prepared seafood on the beach. Choose your catch and it’ll come with curry sauce and bread. Expect to queue, then wait for your food. It will be worth it as you’re gobbling it down in the sun.
Open daily 1am-11.40pm. Umm Suqeim Fishing Harbour, off Jumeirah Beach Road (055 705 2130).
A stripped-back dining experience with plenty of dishes you’re unlikely to have come across if you don’t hail from India itself, but with many of the flavours, herbs and spices you’ll be accustomed to. Using your hands to eat is encouraged.
Open Sat-Thu 8.30am-11.30pm, Fri 8.30am-noon, 1.30pm-11.30pm. Karama (04 370 6904).
Scents of curry and fresh spices greet you as soon as you enter the large wooden doors of this rustic restaurant.
Open daily 11am-11pm. Cluster N, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (056 320 1986).
A quaint haven that serves the most authentic flavours of the Levant where the most humble-sounding dishes shouldn’t be overlooked; pasta and yoghurt, Maryam’s kabab, the kofte with tahini sauce and the kunafeh.
Open daily 10am-11pm. Cluster D, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 248 1995).
Forget the no-frills décor, this place is all about delicious Keralan flavours where mains cost as little as Dhs25. There are plenty of meat and vegetarian dishes but seafood reigns supreme thanks to dishes such as the crab tushar.
Open daily 7am-12.30am. Karama, www.paragonrestaurant.net (04 335 8700).
Tempting Arabic appetisers include Palestinian musakhan rolls, maqdous with walnut and oven-baked halloumi and with prices averaging from Dhs13- Dhs23 per mama’esh or fatayer, you can afford to fill up here every day.
Open Sat-Wed 8am-1am; Thu-Fri 8am-2am. Business Bay (04 453 8166).
This quirky eggetarian chain dishes up fresh eggs with a twist, with everything from a power omelette for the health conscious to a gravy omelette. Typically served with pavs or parathas, make sure to try one of their chai tea varieties.
Open daily 8am-11.30pm. Cluster T, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.rajuomlet.net (04 388 3355).
This charming Pakistani restaurant is the ideal place for groups to relax in a laid-back setting. Don’t miss the chicken jalfrezi, mopped up with numerous roti. Follow it up with an expertly spiced dhal fry.
Open daily 5am-3am. Satwa (04 331 5353).
Xiao Wei Yang International Restaurant
This legendary hotpot eatery is inspired by inner Mongolian cuisine. Order your basic or spicy broth and then the ingredients you wish to cook. Enjoy shrimp balls and seaweed as you wait.
Open daily 11am-1am. Dubai Marina, www.littlelambrestaurant.com (04 441 9521).