6 BEST LOCAL RESTAURANTS

Al Fanar
This is a great place to sample traditional Emirati cuisine. The ambience is inspired on a 1960s Dubai restaurant. There is outdoor seating for those who appreciate being closer to the riverside. Experience delicious food prepared with the freshest ingredients and impeccable service delivered by an attentive staff. It’s a safe bet to say you will enjoy every course and have a taste of local flavours. The seafood is particularly popular here, specifically the Shrimp Biryani, make sure to give it a try. Diners can expect to pay in the region of AED 100 for 3 to 4 courses.
Dukkan Burger
Dukkan Burger is considered the best burger joint by the creek. The menu offers great options for everyone from meat lovers to vegans. Fun fact: the veggie burger is popular for being made with fried beetroot that looks deceivingly like bacon. The Cheesy Peelers are among the favourites for starters. Portion sizes are generous and everything is full of flavour. The mocktails are tasty and great accompaniments for your meal. The orange and basil mojito is a must-try. A burger with sides and a drink will cost you between AED 70 to 110.
Sul Fiume
Sul Fiume has an extensive menu ranging from locally inspired dishes to continental cuisine. The menu also has a vast selection of delicious deserts, smoothies, milkshakes and mocktails. The portion sizes are great and the service is prompt. Enjoy anything from pasta to sliders and mixed grills. For health conscious travellers, choose between a selection of salads and fruit-platters. For a full local experience enjoy some Shisha in the outdoor area along with a delightful selection of teas and coffees. A full meal will cost you around AED 100 to 150.
Shawerme
If you’re in a hurry to eat and want something that’s served up quickly and convenient to eat, Shawerme is the place for you. They serve a range of chicken and lamb fillings in a wide variety of shawerme breads with creative sides. Fan favourites include the Fateera, a triangle shaped shawerme that oozes melting cheese and the cheesy fries which come topped with minced lamb and jalapeños. The sharing combos are a great idea for groups on the go too. At AED 25 to 40 per person, this is perhaps one of the most economical options in Al Seef.
Al Mallah Seef
Al Mallah has been a staple in Lebanese fast food in the UAE for over 30 years. It is popular for it's reasonable prices, quick hospitable service and delicious dishes. The expansive menu, with over 200 food items, has something for everyone. It offers a wide range of pastries, shawarmas, falafel, sandwiches, grills, fresh juices, mocktails and signature shakes. Some highlights of the menu includes: the cheesy garlic bread, chicken saj, chicken and cheese manakish and avocado shakes. Prices can range from AED 50 to 60 per person for a full meal.
Saba’a
Saba’a is making its name as a tribute to Emirati cuisine and way of life. You can experience it in everything, from the delicious food to the beautiful decor and also with the personable service. There are 2 different set menus you can choose from: the seafood or Arabic Meshawi. They are both served as a succession of small plates to start, then a grilled platter with sides to accompany and a finale of sweet comforts. Every dish served is thoughtfully put together and well presented. For AED 140 per person, it’s worth every dirham.