50 meals for 50 dirhams

Modest meals and bargain bites are a good way to make savings on your budget. <em>Time Out</em> selects 50 Dubai restaurants where you can eat for less than Dhs50

There's a recession on, in case you hadn't realised, so it's time to save some cash and eat cheap.

Luckily, Time Out is here to help. We've found 50 places to dine out for Dhs50 and under in Dubai, so there's no need to stay home cursing the credit crunch.

Here are our 50 cheapest places in Dubai for a quick bite. Get munching...

21 Goto King: The kare-kare at Goto King is tripe. That窶冱 not to say it isn窶冲 up to scratch, because it is. But it窶冱 made out of tripe (stomach), which may put the less adventurous diners off a little bit. The dish is a curious amalgam of tripe and oxtail boiled up into a glutinous stew, to which peanuts and rice are added to make it even thicker. And it窶冱 surprisingly tasty. As well as the kare-kare, you窶冤l find all the Filipino staples, all well cooked and very cheaply priced.

22 Govinda窶冱: Since Govinda窶冱 is such a firm favourite among the Indian community, you might find yourself waiting for a table here, but it窶冱 well worth the effort. It窶冱 a cosy joint with soft lighting, religious paintings and a not particularly appealing fake tree. The yellow dahl with spinach is satisfyingly wholesome, and the vegetable haridwar is a creamily satisfying dish. Wash this excellent food down with fresh juices. If you like Indian food, one visit here and you窶冤l be hooked.

23 Highway Inn: Twenty dirhams doesn窶冲 go far in the restaurants of Dubai. It窶冱 peanuts, a mere trifle or (if you窶决e lucky) half an egg salad. However, bop down Sheikh Zayed road to the Highway Inn Cafテゥ and you窶冤l enter a new and magical kingdom, a place of dreams realised and fantasy fulfilled, where a few Dhs10 notes gets you all the Chinese and Indian food you can scrum. The no-frills cuisine is far from haute, but if you窶决e broke and hungry there are few better ways to spend your cash than by hitting the Highway.

24 Hyderabad House Restaurant: Perched on a terrace overlooking the manic asphalt below, this unassuming restaurant is little more than a cheap and cheerful chowdown where people can find a hearty meal. The traditional Hyderabadi food is very good. The chicken curry offers monolithic hunks of tender meat, which fall effortlessly from the bone into a rich, oily and spicy sauce. The talawa gosht 窶a dry dish of red, chilli-infused lamb nuggets in coriander and tandoori spices – is perfect for sharing, and the steaming parathas should be used to scoop everything up.

25 Ikea Café: Rather like their furniture and home accessories, Ikea’s restaurant serves dishes that are simple, functional and incredibly good value for money. Stagger into the canteen-style restaurant, following a couple of exhausting hours schlepping round the gargantuan store and you’re faced with typically Swedish choices of meatballs in gravy or salmon, and, occasionally, lasagne. Not worth a trip across town but certainly should be on your ideas list if you’re passing through Festival City.

26 India House: Opposite Sheeba Electronics in Bur Dubai, India House is one of the finest (and cheapest) Indian vegetarian restaurants to be found in town. Customers will ‘ooh’ at the range of dosas and puris and ‘ahh’ at the individual Punjabi dishes, but really, at India House, the thali is king. Efficient waiters repeatedly fill your seven or 11 stainless steel dishes with gorgeous curries, piping hot puri, rice and sweets until you finally admit defeat. You can eat like a king here for under Dhs10.

27 Jimma Café: Trying to find the Jimma Café can be quite an ordeal. Track it down, however, and you will find the finest Ethiopian Food in Dubai. Well worth a visit for food lovers and cuisine collectors it is a real treat and a pleasure that cannot be shared in any five-star hotels.

28 Karachi Darbar: At least one reader declares this to be the finest Asian food in Dubai. While Time Out is adamant there are better morsels to be found in the city we heartily recommend it as a budget food stop.

29 Labneh Wa Zaatar: It was a brave move by Labneh Wa Zaatar to join Dhiyafah Street’s throng of Lebanese restaurants. After all, Beirut and Al Mallah, both a little further up the road, are regarded as two of the best independent eateries in the city. So in order to survive in the face of such stiff competition, Labneh needs to offer something a little different. Whether it does or not remains to be seen, but for a budget bite you could do a lot worse.

30 Mak’s Food: Space is at a premium at this intimate Indo-Chinese eaterie, but if you don’t fancy rubbing shoulders with your neighbours you can bag a seat outdoors, in the lovely lantern-lit dining area. Food-wise, don’t expect any culinary epiphanies here, but prepare for a decent spread of stir-fries, noodles and rice dishes. Try the chicken sizzler – admittedly it’s not particularly Chinese, but it is rammed with flavour nonetheless. There’s a wide variety of Indian dishes too, all coming in around the Dhs12 mark.

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