Al Fanar Seafood Market

Traditional restaurant specialising in seafood
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Time Out Says

One of the best ways to experience the Bur Dubai area of Al Seef in all of its historical glory is by going for a meal at Al Fanar. We’ve of course tried the restaurant’s mall branch, but the setting at the Creekside location is beyond mesmerising.

With a set-up that mimics a 1960s fishing harbour eatery, the rustic venue offers a real look into what dining would have been like back in the day.

Al Fanar is known for its breakfast, so we try the tomato-scrambled eggs, which come with a choice of two Emirati breads. Reqaq, the thin, wafer-like version can be eaten on its own or with another dish, and has a soft, mildly sugary flavour that doesn’t overshadow whatever you’re having it with.

Being in a seafood market, we also had to go for the fresh catches. The squid, which is so often got wrong, Al Fanar nails – it’s giant and charred to perfection.

It’s only fair to follow such a meal with some dessert, so we go for the luqaimat. They’re made fresh, but lack sweetness, even with the drizzle of date syrup, which is disappointing after the highs that came before.

The karak, however, an exotic Indian black tea that’s made with milk and a blend of spices, is as refreshing and balanced as a sip of sunshine.

If you’re looking to try Emirati food and really get a taste of the culture, especially the way it was before modernity kicked in, Al Fanar is a really good place to do so.

Traditional restaurant specialising in seafood

To try Emirati food in a glorious Creekside setting

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 30 Sep 2019

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Dubai, Bur Dubai, Al Seef St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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