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Support Local: Five Emirati Restaurants for You to Try

There are some incredible homegrown restaurants for you to include in your culinary experiences. 

Dubai’s vibrant culinary scene, set against its stunning skylines and cultural tapestry, offers a paradise for food enthusiasts eager to embark on a gastronomic adventure. Amidst the array of international cuisines, the city boasts a treasure trove of locally owned Emirati eateries, each offering a unique blend of traditional flavours and modern interpretations. From timeless classics to innovative creations, these culinary gems promise a journey through Emirati cuisine’s rich heritage and mouth watering specialties. 

Explore our curated list of must-visit Emirati-owned restaurants and discover the true essence of local gastronomy in Dubai.

  1. High Joint

High Joint is a beloved destination among Dubai foodies, renowned for its mouthwatering burgers and casual ambiance. What began as a simple conversation among three Emirati friends has blossomed into an award-winning institution. Their unique take on the classic patty and bun has solidified their position at the forefront of the culinary scene. Bite into one of their delectable burgers, crafted from 100% fresh, antibiotic-free premium cuts, and experience sheer bliss. The High Jamz Burger stands out with its combination of caramelised onions, crispy beef bacon, Pepper Jack cheese, and a ranch sauce that perfectly complements the wagyu beef patty. Indulge in a culinary high at High Joint, with multiple locations including Al Safa and Motor City, open from 7am to 12am. Expect to spend around AED 120 for a satisfying meal for two.

  1. 3 Fils

Nestled in Dubai’s historic Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, 3 Fils stands out as a casual yet contemporary dining gem. Founded in 2016 by Emirati co-founders Abdulhakim and Adnan Ali, with Singaporean chef Akmal Anuar at the helm, this restaurant has earned accolades including ‘The Best Restaurant in MENA 2022’. The secret behind its success lies in its delectable Asian fusion cuisine and exceptional service. Despite its modest size, 3 Fils draws crowds of eager diners who keep coming back for more, and it’s easy to understand why once you’ve savoured their tantalising dishes. From Hokkaido scallops to wagyu truffle burgers and volcano salmon rolls, their Asian-inspired menu delights the palate of many. Visit them at Shop 02, Fishing Harbour, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, open from 12pm to 12am. Expect to spend around AED 200 for a decent sized meal for two.

  1. Logma

Founded by Emirati Ahmad Rashid and his Lebanese business partner Samer Zayat, Logma offers a delightful blend of rich Emirati and Khaleeji cuisine in a contemporary urban setting. With its warm sandy facade and décor, the café provides an inviting atmosphere that enhances the dining experience. From fresh khameers and date puddings to savoury rice dishes, sandwiches, and salads, Logma caters to a diverse range of tastes. Notably, the café has even attracted the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai. Must-try dishes include the Samboosa Cheese, Dynamite Shrimps, Logma Burger, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Machboos Lamb, Logma Chicken Biryani, and Saffron Milk Cake. Located in Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Logma welcomes guests from 10am to 01am, with an estimated cost of AED 220 for two people.

  1. SALT Burger

SALT, a beloved fast-food establishment, embodies the spirit of food’s ability to unite people. Originating as a humble food truck, it has grown into the city’s premier burger joint. Co-founded by Emirati Amal Al Marri and Saudi Deem Al Bassam, SALT aims to leave an indelible mark on Dubai’s culinary landscape with its concise yet irresistible menu. Featuring tasty wagyu beef sliders, chicken options, and fries, there’s something to satisfy every palate. From delectable croissant sandwiches to the signature X2 SALT and the fiery X2 HOOK, accompanied by an array of drinks and mouth watering shakes, SALT caters to all tastes, including vegetarians and those with gluten sensitivities. The success of SALT has inspired the launch of Parker’s, its sister chain, where the Truffle Burger reigns supreme, adorned with white cheddar, crisp onion, and ranch dressing. Located at Street 2, Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim, SALT welcomes guests from 8am to 3:am (5am to 3am on Fridays and Saturdays), with an estimated cost of AED 150 for two.

  1. Menagerie

Nestled in Mirdif 45 mall, Menagerie is a delightful eatery founded by Hind Bin Dhaher, renowned for its innovative take on healthful cuisine. Led by a team dedicated to nutrition, health, and wellness, Menagerie offers a menu brimming with attractively presented dishes. From the savoury wild mushroom and artichoke flatbread to the flavorful fish with chermoula and wholesome buckwheat pancakes, there’s something to tantalise every palate. A standout favourite is the rainbow chia parfait, a vibrant delight composed of homemade almond milk chia pudding, probiotic-rich cashew yoghourt, tahini mango turmeric custard, and seasonal berry mousse, crowned with sugar- and gluten-free gingerbread granola. Indulge in a feast for the senses at Menagerie, open from 8am to 11pm on Sundays to Wednesdays, and 8am to 11:30pm on Thursdays to Saturdays. Expect to spend around AED 155 for a wholesome dining experience for two.

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