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Hidden Gems of Dubai... in a budget

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Today, Dubai overflows with more than 5,000 dining options, and while renowned for its numerous high-scale restaurants (some admittedly luxurious), a significant number of noteworthy eateries and hidden gems have managed to create a niche for themselves. Here you can choose to indulge in one of them, ranging from 15$ to 40$ per person… for special fleeting moments and adventurous palates.

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  • Thrill Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveler

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8 Places

XVA Cafe

Restaurants

Cucina Mia

Restaurants

Ravi's

Restaurants

Wagamama

Restaurants

Almaz by Momo

Restaurants

Benihana - Amwaj Rotana

Restaurants

Bastakiah Nights

Restaurants

Calicut Paragon

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TheNeonDemon-Jehu's City Tips

  • Be adventurous, dare to try other pleasures: the gastronomic scene in the city has a lot to offer.
  • Expensive or luxury does not necessary mean authentic or excellent. Hidden Gems offer delicious food in a budget.
  • XVA Cafe
    Restaurants (Cafe, Middle Eastern)
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    TheNeonDemon-Jehu Says:

    Unique & Wonderful. This is a Must Go Restaurant & Hotel. An oasis of art and creative gastronomy in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. Its eggplant burger is something else… Best vegetarian burger ever! The mint-lemonade is just perfect… A true Gem and our favorite for Deira.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Do not miss its eggplant burger. It is something else... best vegetarian burger ever!
    • The mint-lemonade is just perfect for hot days in Dubai
    • Visit its superb art exhibitions and the two small shops with beautiful designs of home furniture and superb pieces of jewellery designed by contemporary artists
    • Alcohol free
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #299 of 7,754 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Iftar 05/21/2019
    • A piece of Art 04/10/2019
    • XVA Cafe
    Address:
    XVA Art Hotel, Al Fahidi Neighborhood, Bur Dubai
    Nearby Dubai Museum
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 353 5383
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Cucina Mia
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    TheNeonDemon-Jehu Says:

    This place is all about GASTRONOMY. This is definitely the best Italian restaurant as well as the best value for money Italian restaurant in Dubai. Everything they cook is exactly what you can only expect about Italian food in your deepest dreams. This is our favourite restaurant in the Emirates.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Everything in this place is superb. The more I try, the more I like this cook! Please, please, never change this fabulous cook!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7,680 of 7,754 restaurants in Dubai
    • Fresh Authentic Italian 06/02/2019
    • Pure Italian restaurant 05/23/2019
    • Cucina Mia
    Address:
    Trident Bldg 5 St
    Jumeirah Beach Residence
    Dubai 00971
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 425 9696
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 4:00 AM
    Other:
  • Ravi's
    Restaurants (Indian, Asian, Pakistani)
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    TheNeonDemon-Jehu Says:

    Welcome to Pakistan! Legendary Pakistani eatery where you eat like a Maharaja! Even better, Ravi's offers the unique opportunity to enjoy some of the most authentic curries in the Emirates and pay one of the cheapest bills in Dubai: double the price and it is still cheap!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Pakistani favourite curries and succulent grilled meats are served with fresh naan
    • This is also part of the history of Dubai
    From the community
    Ranked #303 of 7,754 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A real experience 07/10/2019
    • Cheap and cheerful! 07/09/2019
    • Ravi's
    Address:
    Satwa Al Satwa Rd
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 331 5353
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$10
    Other:
  • Wagamama
    Restaurants (Japanese, Asian, Fusion)
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    TheNeonDemon-Jehu Says:

    Traditional Japanese ramen bar with communal wooden tables that works perfect for a quick bite. All ingredients are fresh, carefully selected and daily delivered from Japan. Healthy and tasty. Orders are immediately prepared and delivery is also available.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Let the servers advise you on what to order OR go for the favorites: teppanyaki beef soba, grilled duck ramen, salmon ramen, chilli squid and gyoza.
    • Enjoy a cold beer! This restaurant serves excellent Kirin draft beer
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #442 of 7,754 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great meal, outstanding service 07/14/2019
    • Good choice 07/01/2019
    • Wagamama
    Address:
    Crowne Plaza Dubai
    Sheikh Zayed Road
    Dubai 23215
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 331 1111
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Almaz by Momo
    Restaurants (Moroccan, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean)
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    TheNeonDemon-Jehu Says:

    Take a break from shopping up a storm at the of the Emirates with a Moroccan tea, refreshing mocktails, fluffy couscous with tender lamb or tasty tagines. Generous portions are served in this subdued atmospheric restaurant, hidden gem inside Harvey Nichols, it provides a delicious contrast to the go-go attitude outside.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Try Couscous Mechouie if you are a meat lover: Roasted lamb slowly cooked served with fluffy couscous, vegetables and an excellent broth
    • Alcohol free
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #927 of 7,754 restaurants in Dubai
    • Arrogant staff and management 12/15/2018
    • Not bad 11/23/2018
    • Almaz by Momo
    Address:
    Mall of the Emirates
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 409 8877
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
  • Benihana - Amwaj Rotana
    Restaurants (Japanese, Sushi, Asian)
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    TheNeonDemon-Jehu Says:

    Wow! Dining at Benihana is a pleasure. The quality is excellent and the prices are just great.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • For those who like the show, sit at the teppanyaki grills where the chefs cook right in front of you. Cheeky jokes mixing humour and irony and utensil trickery!
    • For those who don't like the show, the terrace is lovely, one of the best in JBR where to enjoy a cold beer, wine or champagne...
    • This is not an Italian restaurant but, for me, its wagyu beef noodles are the most sophisticated and best spaghetti bolognese I've ever tried!
    • One of the few terraces in JBR where alcohol is served
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #340 of 7,754 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Over the top service and great food! 07/13/2019
    • Underwhelming 07/06/2019
    • Benihana - Amwaj Rotana
    Address:
    The Walk Al Gharbi St
    Amwaj Rotana Hotel
    Dubai 86834
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 428 2389
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$200
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Fri - Sat
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Other:
  • Bastakiah Nights
    Restaurants (Middle Eastern)
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    TheNeonDemon-Jehu Says:

    Bastakiah nights, Persian nights... Magical place celebrating Persian & Lebanese cuisine and culture. Great location in a typical house with patio at the Al Fahidi Neighborhood serving delicious food at no more than 15 - 20$ per person.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This is a perfect place where to take visitors for dinner
    • Alcohol-free
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #768 of 7,754 restaurants in Dubai
    • Lovely restaurant with atmosphere! 05/09/2019
    • Nice 11/24/2018
    • Bastakiah Nights
    Phone:
    +971 4 353 7772
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    6:30 PM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Calicut Paragon
    Restaurants (Indian, Asian)
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    TheNeonDemon-Jehu Says:

    Are we in Kochi? Almost. This is Calicut Paragon and this is the closest you will get to Kerala in this town. This is not a fancy place, but a must go for those who want to enjoy unique things... This is where local Kerala community go.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Let them advise you on what to order depending on your preferences. Be brave!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #496 of 7,754 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Malabar Biryani 06/17/2019
    • Delicious Indian Fish dishes 05/29/2019
    • Calicut Paragon
    Address:
    Al Karama
    20b Street, 35
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 335 8700
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 12:30 AM
    Other:
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