Jeans tight and your budget even tighter after the holidays? If you’re on the verge of cutting your credit cards in half, stop. Help is at hand. Here are 20 excellent dining deals from breakfast through to dinner that you can enjoy (financially) guilt-free for Dhs50 or less per person.
This new spot, which specialises in biryani (including a recipe made with quinoa) offers a set price combo deal, which includes a choice of two curries, plus biryani or steamed rice, plain naan, poppadom, pickles, salad and raita.
Dhs38 (veg). Dhs42 (non-veg). Sat-Wed 11am-midnight, Thu-Fri 11am-2am. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 338 2277).
During Dubai Food Festival, you can choose two courses prepared by our passionate chefs, with the finest Italian ingredients. Starting with soup or salad, followed by pizza or pasta, and ending with an Illy espresso for only Dhs39.
Dhs39. Sun-Thu 3pm-7pm. Until February 28th. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai 04 330 8899).
Head to this pan-Asian eatery for a bargain lunch on an ongoing basis. The ‘3 for 33 deal’ includes a bento box with one starter, one main course and one dessert inside. Or, for a limited time, join in Sizzling Wok’s dim sum festival and indulge in unlimited dim sum, which includes seafood sumai, chicken bun, vegetable wonton and more.
Lunch: Dhs33. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. Dim sum: Dhs39. Sat-Wed 7pm-10pm. Until February 11. Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai, Kuwait Street (050 100 7065).
Choose a starter, a main and a soft drink or water from the à la carte menu on weekday lunchtimes at the Ibn Battuta or Al Rashidiya branches, for just Dhs50.
Dhs50 per person (soft drink). Sun-Thu noon-5pm. Ongoing. Bin Sougat, Al Rashidiya (04 285 2393). Other location: Ibn Battuta Mall (04 368 5134).
This simple pub in Old Dubai’s Majestic Hotel Tower offers a number of food and drinks combo deals. If you are saving the pennies though, the pizza and pint deal scrapes in at just under Dhs50 per person.
Dhs49. Daily noon-2am. Until May 31. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
The ‘bento happy hour’ at this Japanese inspired spot knocks Dhs15 off the price of à la carte bento dishes, bringing them down to Dhs50 each and under. Options include the sashimi and sushi bento and the chicken teriyaki bento, both of which come with mixed greens and steamed rice.
From Dhs46. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. Al Wasl Square, Al Wasl Road; Bay Avenue, Business Bay; Silverene Tower, Dubai Marina (800 78744).
House of Curry
Enjoy a laid-back breakfast by the beach, but with an Indian twist. At House of Curry, the weekend breakfast deal includes treats such as masala dosa and egg bhurji.
Dhs50. Fri and Sat 8am-noon. Ongoing. The Beach, JBR (800 692 8779).
Unsurprisingly, the winner of Time Out Dubai’s Best Budget Restaurant award has a few affordable treats up its sleeve for you to enjoy. The set price business lunch costs just Dhs39 and comes with a daily choice of main course dish, a dessert and a soft drink.
Dhs39. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 327 6060).
This brand-new Filipino restaurant at the Asiana Hotel offers a combo lunch deal comprising a soup of the day, main course, rice and iced tea for a very nicely priced Dhs35 per person.
Dhs35. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. Asiana Hotel, Salahuddin Road, Deira (04 608 2140).
The ‘urban bar & kitchen’ serves a business lunch deal, which offers a choice of one main course for Dhs49. Options include a spiced lamb salad, green pea and mint risotto or fish and chips.
Dhs49. Sun-Thu noon-3.30pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, JLT (04 438 0000).
Original Wings and Rings
Take the family to this American-style fast food spot in DIFC for a choice of wings (regular and boneless), tenders, beef burger, chicken sandwich or pizza for just under Dhs40. There is also a separate kids menu available, as well as entertainment including clowns, face painting and balloon art, making this an affordable day of family fun.
Dhs39.99. Sat noon-4pm. Ongoing. Liberty House, DIFC (04 359 6900).
At this low key, casual dining Japanese haunt (now with an additional branch in JBR), you can have an affordable lunch by choosing one of the bento boxes from the à la carte menu, which comes teamed with miso soup and a soft drink for Dhs49 per person.
Dhs49. Sun-Thu noon-2pm. Platinum Tower, Cluster I, JLT (04 434 3423). Other location: Trident Grand Residence, Opposite Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, JBR (04 430 1961).
This newly opened specialist in (you guessed it) pies, offers diners a choice of any three items from a menu of pies, rolls or quiches (including a chocolate pie for dessert).
Dhs20. Daily 8am-midnight. Ongoing. Dubai Marina Walk, next to Hamptons International estate agents, www.piefaceme.com (no number).
Currently Dubai’s longest surviving Portuguese restaurant, this venue offers a business lunch promotion that gives diners a choice of main course with a side salad or soup, plus a soft drink or water.
Dhs48. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai, Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street (04 397 7444).
This new café in Dubai Silicon Oasis serves a selection of breakfast combo deals so you can kick-start your day in an affordable way. The combos include a freshly baked muffin, croissant, bagel or toast with a coffee (Dhs14), or scrambled egg and spinach with a coffee (Dhs25).
From Dhs14. Sun-Thu 7am-10am. Le Solarium Tower, Dubai Silicon Oasis (04 320 9292).
A haven for vegetarians on a budget, Rangoli restaurant specialises in Indian meat-free foods. Sample a full thali menu (including three vegetable curries, dahl, five chapatis, rice, pickle, curd and poppadom) made Gujarati-style.
From Dh22 per person. Daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Meena Bazaar, Bur Dubai (04 351 5873).
The Scene by Simon Rimmer
An unexpected spot for a really budget meal, this British gastro haunt headed up by English celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, allows you to treat yourself with its ‘15-minute lunch’ deal, which features a choice of sandwich (egg mayonnaise or coronation chicken), soup of the day and either salad or chips as a side dish. Beautiful Marina views are thrown in for free, too.
Dhs35 per person. Sun-Thu 11am-6pm. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 422 2328).
As you may well have guessed from its name, this venue’s signature dish is Korean-style fried chicken. Choose one of the dishes from the menu (which range from golden crispy original through to Gangnam Style – we kid you not), and you’ll get it teamed with salad, pickles and rice. Opt for a meal platter that serves two to three people, and it will cost you from Dhs89, working out at Dhs44.50 or Dhs29.66 per person.
Dhs89 (for two to three people). Sat-Wed 11am-11pm, Thu-Fri 11am-midnight. Indigo Icon Tower, JLT (04 434 0096).
If you want a bargain feast to share with friends, Filipino fried chicken chain Max’s offers a sharing deal for four people and the menu changes each month, so you can always try a new combination of dishes. Or, opt for the platter meal for one, which includes fried chicken, rice or fries, a wrap and a caramel bar.
Dhs30 (for one). Dhs149 (for four). Sun-Sat 10am-11.30pm. Ongoing. Spinneys Building, Trade Centre Road, Karama (04 325 7797).