Local House

A homely spot for an authentic taste of the UAE

Time Out Says

Emirati restaurants are never for the benefit of locals; they’re aimed at tourists. Local House is no exception (after all, it is planted smack in the middle of Dubai’s tourist hub, Bastakiya). And while the restaurant serves a handful of Emirati cuisine’s best hits, you’re not likely to spot a single local – the management seems to hail mostly from the Subcontinent. But this isn’t to say Local House doesn’t have its charms. With an outdoor courtyard perfect for stargazing and a handful of private, Arabic-style (read, eat on a carpet) dining rooms, the restaurant does have a nice bit of atmosphere.

The decor is comfortingly homely; the walls are decorated with the type of knick-knacks that grannies love, and the food has a similar quality. One dish we tasted could have doubled as a hearty winter stew, only it was made with camel instead of beef. That’s right – Local House serves up camel. The stew, or saloona, was stuffed full of root vegetables and made with a pleasant tomato broth. The camel meat was expectantly chewy, though not unbearably so. My date, meanwhile, chomped down on some of the most flavourful lamb chops I’ve encountered in a long time, though the consistency of the meat left a little to be desired. The one I tasted was tough, while my companion lucked out with one that was tender and rare. We scooped everything up with a manakish-type bread that, though acceptable, wasn’t any more outstanding than something you’d pick up at a supermarket bakery.

Still, for what could have potentially been an overpriced tourist trap, we were impressed with both the quality of the food and the bill afterwards. Overall, Local House is not a bad spot to take visitors insistent on trying the local cuisine.

The bill (for two)
3x Turkish coffee Dhs48
1x Camel curry Dhs60
1x Lamb chops Dhs60
2x Bread Dhs8
1x Emirati salad Dhs35
Total (excluding service) Dhs211

By Daisy Carrington  | 23 Nov 2009

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Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
Dress CodeCasuals
1:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Friday: 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Show number +971 4 354 0705
Dubai, Meena Bazaar, 51, Al Bastakiya, Al Fahidi Round About, Al Mussalla Post Office

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