Not the easiest place to find – it faces the Al Zahra Hospital, just off Sheikh Zayed Road – but worth the effort. Koreana welcomes you with rows of private cabin seating and serves up traditional dishes such as kimchi and bibimbap. In typical Korean style there’s a novel buzzer to attract the waiters, and the prices are pocket-friendly too.
Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 (04 392 9918).
A small shop packed full of delightful Italian ice-creams, or gelato as they prefer to call it, in a host of tantalising flavours. The gelato is milk-based and mixed with chocolatey flavours such as After Eight, Ferrero Rocher and Stracciatella. There are also Arabic flavours like rose water and date sorbet.
Ground floor, City Stay Hotel building, Al Barsha 1, www.bacio-gelato.com (04 323 2949).
Pizza by the Metre
This little takeaway kiosk dishes out metre-long, Italian-style, thin crust oven-baked pizzas with classic toppings like margarita, four seasons and Hawaiian. The metre-long pizza has 24 slices, so they’re great for parties and sharing, but you can also get half-metres, and three-quarter lengths.
Shop 4, Heritage Building, Al Barsha 1, www.pizzabythemetre.com (04 447 0707).
Peppermill Colonial Indian Restaurant
Peppermill specialises in Northern Indian cuisine but you’ll get all the familiar classics such as biryani and rogan josh, but we really love the pasilyon ka salan, which is a rich and tender lamb rib curry with just the right amount of spice and chilli, and succulent ribs.
First floor, Lulu Hypermarket, Al Barsha 1, www.peppermill.ae (04 354 9166).
Wrap and Roll Haandi
This Pakistani and Indian joint occupies a bustling corner of Al Barsha, and with its bright signage you can’t really miss it. Wrap and Roll is a great spot to pick up a quick kebab roll and soft drink for Dhs15, and is pretty busy at all times of the day.
Summerland Building, Al Barsha 1 (04 432 8564).
If you want a dish that reminds you of your last holiday in Thailand – fragrant, rich and colourful – then you need to try Thai Wok’s Penang curry. The chefs are from the island of Koh Samui, so you’re going to get a true taste of Thai cooking.
Rose 1 Building, Al Barsha 1, www.thaiwok.ae (050 113 6715).
C.Taste has one of the cheapest Friday brunches on this side of town, where you can actually get change from a Dhs200 note. The brunch offers the weekend crowd a buffet of international cuisine and unlimited drinks.
Dhs150 with soft drinks, Dhs185 with house beverages. Centro Barsha Dubai, Al Barsha 1, www.rotana.com/centrobarsha (04 704 0000).
Tucked away just behind Mall of the Emirates, this modern cafe serves up an authentic taste of Russia and Uzbekistan. You can expect hearty meals of beef soup with dumplings and roasted lamb with vegetables.
Dusseldorf Business Point Building, Al Barsha 1, (04 447 0706).