Dubai Food Festival update: A listing of 33 budget eats available here

Dubai, UAE: Dubai is dotted with numerous hidden culinary gems, and these resident-favorite budget eats have always been a special focus for Dubai Food Festival (DFF), the annual festival of food. As part of its drive to highlight these culinary destinations, DFF has released a list of 33 of the best Hidden Gems in the city.

Running untilApril 17, the eighth edition of the city-wide festival offers food lovers the opportunity to travel via their taste buds and experience whole new cultures through food right here in Dubai.

A Hidden Gems first has been added in 2021 with foodies being given the chance to win one of ten 12-month Zomato Pro membership plus AED 200 worth of credit. Simply take a picture of your meal at any of the Hidden Gems, write a review and rate your  experience (with photos and details) on Zomato. Make sure to include the DFF place card that you’ll find on your table in your photo. Winners will be selected at random and announced on April 17, 2021. 

The 2021 Hidden Gems list includes a wide variety of cuisines just waiting to be discovered, covering every meal even the most experienced foodie could wish for. From Emirati and Indian to American and Lebanese, Hidden Gems uncovers and showcases the incredible diversity of cuisine available at prices for every wallet in Dubai through unique, independent and homegrown concepts.

Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), said: “Our Hidden Gems list is always one of the most eagerly awaited announcements on the Dubai Food Festival Calendar and this year we have another superb line-up. Our food scene is world-renowned, and this year, we have selected a list that showcases the best Dubai has to offer from around the globe.

“Independent restaurants, cafés and bakeries are the lifeblood of any global city’s culinary scene and we are proud to reveal the best-kept secrets that make Dubai Food Festival such a success year-on-year.”

Here is the full list of Hidden Gems selected by Dubai Food Festival 2021:

Double Like Burger & LobsterRestaurantBurger & LobsterUmm Suqeim 2
% GelatoSweetIce CreamJumeirah Beach Road
Third WaveCaféCafeDubai Al Barari
112 Main St. BakeryBakeryCafebuilding 4, Emaar Business Park, The Greens, Dubai
Al QbabhRestaurantSea FoodAl Awir
Beit El ZaytounRestaurantArabian, Middle Eastern, LebaneseShop 7, Ground Floor, Alawazi Residence, The Villas, Dubai
Bisso’s BakeryBakeryMiddle Eastern, Bakery, PizzaShop 4, Ground Floor, Damac Maison Canal Views, Al Abraj Street, Business Bay, Dubai
Bread & OlivesRestaurantMediterranean, Arabian, LebaneseShop 7, Ground Floor, Two Towers, Barsha Heights, Dubai
BriskRestaurantInternational, SaladGround Level, Tower B, Business Central Tower, Dubai Media City, Dubai
Casa Da VeniceRestaurantItalianShop 7, Basement Level, Goldcrest Executive Tower, Cluster C, Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), Dubai
Charcoal GardenRestaurantGrill, InternationalShatha Tower, Near Media One Hotel, Al Naseem Street, Dubai Media City, Dubai
Chiyang Chinese RestaurantRestaurantChineseNear Arcadia Hotel, Opposite Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha, Dubai
Dapoer Kita RestaurantRestaurantIndonesianShop 3 & 4, Sheikh Mohammad Building 2, Street 43A, Behind Lulu Hypermarket, Al Karama, Dubai
GangnamRestaurantKoreanGround Floor, Al Mazrooie Building, Street 17 A, Oud Metha, Dubai
Gully KitchenRestaurantBiryani, South Indian, IndianGate Village 3, Opposite Gate District 2, DIFC, Dubai
Kabab RollsRestaurantPakistani,Indian, KebabOpposite Remal Mall, Al Barari, Dubai
Mandena MandiRestaurantMandiGround Floor, Fox Hill Building 8 Uptown Motor City, Motor City, Dubai
Mango PeopleRestaurantIndian, Pakistani, BiryaniThe Blue Building, Dubai Land Residential Complex, The Villas, Dubai
Piezta PizzaRestaurantItalianBarsha Valley Building, Behind Ramada Hotel, Street 14, Al Barsha, Dubai
The Cafe @ The WorkshopCaféCaféGround Floor, The Workshop Building, Street 23 B, Dubai, Jumeirah 2, Dubai

Tiramisu CafeCaféItalianEmaar Boulevard, Opposite Vida Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard Road, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
Waffee StreetRestaurantCafe, DessertsShop 2, Near Wadi Noor Grocery, Street 30, Al Satwa, Dubai
Emirates SeaRestaurantIndian, Chinese, Arabian, Middle Eastern, SeafoodShop 2, Al Kamali Building, Al Doha Road, Hor Al Anz, Dubai
Greens N GrillsRestaurantHealthy Food, Burger, Iranian, KebabShop 5, Ground Floor, Nashwan Gym Building, Near Belhasa Driving Center, Nad Al Hamar, Ras Al Khor, Dubai
Mr. BiryaniRestaurantIndian, Biryani, ChineseAl Zafrana Building, Near Canadian Hospital, Hor Al Anz, Dubai
Papaya Salad RestaurantRestaurantThai, VietnameseShop 15, Ground Floor, Emirates 6 Building, ADCB Block, Qusais, Dubai
Sallora Restaurant & SweetsRestaurantSyrianBeside Jumeirah Creekside, Sheikh Rashid Road, Al Garhoud, Dubai
Tent Jumeirah RestaurantRestaurantEmiratiNear Souq – 31A St – Umm SuqeimJumeirah 3 – Dubai
Al Forat RestaurantRestaurantEmiratiOmar Bin Al Khattab St – Deira – Dubai
Karak and RigagRestaurantCafe, Desserts, Emirati, Healthy Food, JuicesAl Khaleej Rd – Al Mamzar – Dubai
Karakna LUGMA W CHAICaféEmirati, CafeWasl, Emirates Bank 2 – Al Bada’a – Dubai
Qamha RestaurantRestaurantEmiratiUptown – Dubai
MoreishRestaurantInternationalShop 1, Behind Lamcy Plaza Parking – Oud Metha Rd – Dubai

All dining experiences, events and activations during DFF will follow prevailing safety protocols and social distancing guidelines to ensure a safe experience for all.

For more information and a full update on DFF activities, please visit and @dubaifoodfest on social media channels.


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