Explore a multitude of culinary and artisanal experiences with diverse, authentic home-grown outlets and cafes of Dubai. Get set for a treat as these options are exclusively available only in Dubai. Dubai’s gastronomical delights include world-renowned chefs and global restaurant brands to street food, food trucks, home-grown cafes to specialty cuisine restaurants, indeed there is something special for everyone.

“Dubai is not just a dining venue – it is one of the food capitals of the world, it is an experience where home-grown chefs elevate gastronomy to a new level” – Award winning author Flavel Monteiro.

With the emergence of experiential dining and access to new and innovative culinary concepts, a thriving home-grown concept scene has made Dubai a truly an unparalleled leading gastronomic hub.

For your next vacation to Dubai, make a list of culinary places to explore. Let’s begin with some breakfast and snack delight spots to visit:

Project Chaiwala

All You Need to Know About Dubai’s Homegrown Food Concepts and Authentic Dining Experiences

If you think that coffee is the best way to start a busy morning, then avoid going to ‘Project Chaiwala’, because you might not be able to resist the unique and authentic tea-drinking experience. A fresh karak chai, this local favourite “Project Chaiwala” – a community-inspired home-grown tea concept rose from humble beginnings to have locations across the city.

Started with two Chai-lovers putting their hearts together and decided to create a place for people to connect. At Project Chaiwala, the teas are sustainably sourced from Nuxalbari Tea Estate’s gardens that is led by three generations of women.

LOWE

All You Need to Know About Dubai’s Homegrown Food Concepts and Authentic Dining Experiences

LOWE’s contemporary menu is a standout. It’s also the city’s Best Breakfast for 2021. A home-grown ideology, LOWE has an open kitchen that runs on a charcoal grill, rotisserie and wood-fired oven celebrates rustic and approachable food. Needless to say, that every dish that gets served is a hit.

Maiz Tacos

All You Need to Know About Dubai’s Homegrown Food Concepts and Authentic Dining Experiences

Peppy Mexican joint Maiz Tacos is a solid choice for those in the mood for a fiesta. The pop-up turned-bricks-and-mortar-haunt slings tacos is a familiar face on Dubai’s pop-up food circuit.

After an invigorating day of Dubai sight-seeing, if you wish to sit back and relax for some amazing family time over a wholesome meal, then take a look at top suggestions:

Sticky Rice

All You Need to Know About Dubai’s Homegrown Food Concepts and Authentic Dining Experiences

A Thai diner that is bursting with personality and charm is the famous Sticky Rice. Coming from an Emirati founder with a Thai mother, the entire kitchen staff is Thai and the highest quality ingredients are sourced locally. The mascot is a little duck named “Kew” adorning the whole place talks about the playful nature of the restaurant. The only thing that hasn’t changed in last 45 years is the queue lining up outside the door telling us this is the place to be.

Masti

All You Need to Know About Dubai’s Homegrown Food Concepts and Authentic Dining Experiences

How about some ‘Indian Masti’? The Masti menu offers a reinterpretation of Indian cuisine, designed to share.

Everything is presented with flair – Dishes such as ‘The Black Bass Ceviche’, a Masti take on a Peruvian classic with lime, jalapeno and crispy Plantain, offering a mouth-watering combination. On Sundays, Chef Prashant Chipkar does some creative culinary magic, where he prepares unique and playful dishes. With plenty of entertainment unfolding on the plates, you are guaranteed a memorable night out.

SLAB

All You Need to Know About Dubai’s Homegrown Food Concepts and Authentic Dining Experiences

Contemporary, modern and drawing inspiration from all corners of the globe; an open kitchen, where the guest and chef interact to create a unique dining experience is SLAB test kitchen headed by Chef Omar Rodriguez, focuses on quality of food, warm service, and relaxed casual ambience.

If you are looking for something different and prefer to try Japanese cuisine then you are in great luck at Akiba Dori. Here’s what you can try:

All You Need to Know About Dubai’s Homegrown Food Concepts and Authentic Dining Experiences

Akiba Dori

Akiba Dori is a small, bright and funky Japanese restaurant, a foodhall-style indoor alleyway inspired by the anime culture of Akihabara in Tokyo. Situated in the midst of Dubai Design District is a restaurant serving authentic Japanese delicacies, as well as, a wide range of Tokyo-Neapolitan pizzas. Expect to find baked goods, coffee, ice cream, street food and an ultra-modern arcade.

Conclude your lovely day in Dubai with something sweet. Opt for a fulfilling chocolate dish over some friendly chats.

MirzamChocolates

All You Need to Know About Dubai’s Homegrown Food Concepts and Authentic Dining Experiences

For unique chocolate flavours, you must head to Mirzam Chocolate. Mirzam Chocolate Makers Factory lets you experience the art of chocolate making. The visitors can experience every aspect of chocolate making at this beautiful workshop, from roasting cocoa beans to hand wrapping each bar. Even the chocolate bar wrappers have been created by hand.

Mirzam has achieved five awards from the Academy of Chocolate, cementing its position as a delicious destination for all to enjoy. Take home some of the most unique gifts on offer, including handcrafted chocolate statues and generous gift boxes.

Whether a foodie or not, you just can’t ignore the luscious flavours that Dubai food has in store for you. Trust, your trip to Dubai will make you crave for gastronomical delights that are rich with culinary diversity, and also authentic home-grown cuisine.

Disclaimer: This article has been produced on behalf of Dubai Tourism by Mediawire team.

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