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What are Dubai’s most underrated restaurants?

Friday readers weigh in

Friday readers
13 Jul 2017 | 10:16 am
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I am a huge foodie. I like to explore new cuisines so I always go according to my mood. If I want to have chaats and north Indian food, I usually go to Elco, if I want to have south Indian breakfast items then I highly recommend Venus restaurant – their chutney and sambar are to die for. If I want to have a Gujrati thali then I go to Maharaja Bhog. I don’t know about the underrated restaurants, but every time I visit a restaurant I make it a point to find out one special dish about that particular restaurant, like the tender coconut icecream from Govinda is finger licking good, and the saffron tea from Filli, typical Bombay sandwiches and faloodas from Haji Ali and natural juice from Juice World. – Nivedita

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I feel that the most underrated place to eat in UAE is Fakhri Sweets. It is the most underrated place as we do not hear or read any ads about it on internet or radio. It provides us with a large variety of sweet and savoury dishes to eat. It is located in Al Nadha 2, beside Emirate Star Hotel Apartments. My favourite dish there is sweet mango barfi, vada pav and namak paare, which are savoury. I love this place. – Divya Gupta

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Seashell Restaurant in Rashidhiya Dubai (next to the Volvo workshop) serves an amazing Arabic platter of mix grill kebabs with lots of greens, freshly roasted Arabic bread, hummus and garlic paste at a very reasonable price. It has a lovely ambience and the place is quite a feast for family and friends. The staff and Arabic food is excellent. Must try at least once. Another outlet is the Sivester group of Indian Tamil restaurants serving lovely pongal for breakfast and spicy pot egg, fish biryani for lunch. – Anita Quadros Dsouza

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One of the most fun eating experiences you can find in Dubai is in International City at the various steamboat restaurants, which are also known as hotpot. These are Chinese restaurants where you cook your food in a spicy broth in a pot at the table. I love to go with my family and choose different things from the menu to boil, such as tofu, mushrooms, noodles and Chinese vegetables. The best part is mixing your own, personalised sauce from the selection of ingredients – there are so many to choose from, from soy sauce to sesame to garlic and herbs. There are two restaurants to look out for: Little Sheep and Little Lamb. – Rita Patel

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Puranmal’s in Jumeirah. The food is excellent. – Priya Malhotra

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Taipei Dao in Downtown Dubai is frequently busy, but I still feel it’s a hidden gem for lovers of Asian food. It’s a lovely place for family to have a meal of dim sum, or to even dine alone – you can have just a huge bowl of steaming, soothing beef noodle soup for company. There’s even a secret bakery and food shop inside. – Sam Khan

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There are so many steakhouses in town, but I think one of the most underrated is Trader Vic’s – it’s not just for salsa parties! They have a huge wood-burning oven that they cook the steaks in, which gives the meat a delicious smoky flavour that you can’t find anywhere else. – Alina Cojocaru

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