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Dubai Tourism reveals top ten hidden F&B gems

February 8, 2018, Source: Hotelier Middle East


Dubai’s favourite food secrets have been unveiled in the lead up to Dubai Food Festival 2018.

As part of the city’s culinary celebration set to begin on February 22, residents and visitors are invited to experience these Hidden Gems through daily value meals during the festival.

The top 10 Hidden Gems were found through an online voting process that allowed the public to pick their choices from among 35 shortlisted lesser-known restaurants and cafes in the city, that offer value-for-money dining options. The 10 undiscovered culinary hotspots also showcase the wealth of authentic flavours from across the world, available in Dubai. Throughout Dubai Food Festival, these top 10 restaurants are set to offer a one-day only special deal, where diners can enjoy a two-course meal for only AED 25 per person.


Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) CEO Ahmed Al Khaja said: “Dubai Hidden Gems has become an integral part of Dubai Food Festival as it promotes smaller restaurant choices that provide big flavours with excellent value. We’re pleased to see such a diverse list of Hidden Gems this year and encourage residents and visitors to explore these culinary concepts and relish Dubai’s vibrant food scene.”

The top 10 Dubai Hidden Gems 2018 include:


Smat Café & Restaurant (Emirati)

Set in a traditional Arabian setting, Smat Café & Restaurant offers traditional Emirati recipes that have been passed on through generations. It is located at Al Barajeel Oasis Complex, Uptown Mirdiff.


Chai and Co. (Emirati)

Enjoy an out-of-the-pot experience with piping hot Karak tea and mouthwatering Emirati bites at this café in Al Warqa.


Fish Hut (Asian Seafood)

From seasonal King Fish and Hammour to Tiger Prawns and Calamari, indulge in continental seafood dishes created to suit all tastes. Fish Hut is located at Oud Metha.


Ayubowan (Sri Lankan)

Offering a variety of Sri Lankan delights, Ayubowan, located at Cluster N in JLT, is sure to take you on a culinary journey through the silk route, with a wide range of Sri Lankan delicacies.


Wok n Roll (Pan Asian)

Right in the heart of the Al Barsha neighbourhood, this Asian fusion restaurant offers incredible food including dimsums, rolls and noodles – all at very reasonable prices.

That Place Café (Fusion)

Located in Jumeirah 3, That Place Café brings together flavours and iconic dishes from around the world and places them in round, scrumptious buns.


Grub Shack (Indian)

With a variety of GoanChineseIndian and North Indian cuisine on offer, Grub Shack in Umm Hurrair serves up hearty food and fun vibes, all in a rustic setting.

Hot Palayok (Filipino)

Tucked away in Al Karama, this Filipino restaurant serves all manner of delicious treats, from Pinoy favourites like Adobo and Tilapia to Pan Asian food including ramen and sushi.

Tum Tum Asia (Asian)

With a trendy take on Asian street food, Tum Tum Asia located in Oud Metha offers a wide selection of vegetarian dishes.

Wooden Cellar (Greek)

Located at Dubai Sports City, The Wooden Cellar offers preserved Greek dishes that are inspired by the kitchens of grandmothers (affectionately called ‘Yiayias’). Tuck into tender meats roasted on a spit or souvla, layered sandwiches and vibrant salads.