Local dishes you need to try


Dubai’s delightfully diverse dining scene offers something for every taste bud. But there are a few stand-out dishes that have gained cult status on menus in town. They might not all have originated here in the UAE, but Dubai’s diners snap them up every day of the week. Below is a taste of the signature plates offered at Time Out Market Dubai – we hope you’re hungry.

Shawarma from Liban by Allo Beirut: A recent survey of Time Out Dubai readers declared the humble shawarma Dubai’s most iconic dish. So it’s only fitting that Liban will be slicing up splendidly spiced meat, brilliantly bundled into freshly baked Arabic bread, piled high with crunchy pickles and slathered in punchy garlic sauce.

Truff Daddy at Pitfire: You can barely move in this city lest you stumble upon a truffle (not literally) – and the truffle pizza is the cream of the crop. Luckily, Pitfire is slinging out perfectly blistered pies with huge personality, generously topped with Parmesan, pecorino, mushrooms, onions and white truffle oil – all served with a side of indulgent black truffle cream.

Burrata at Fulvio’s Kitchen: Dubai’s appetite for burrata knows no bounds, and this luxuriously creamy cheese is ubiquitous on menus across town. Fulvio Opalio from his eponymous Fulvio’s Kitchen will be plating beautiful burratas with cherry tomatoes, pickled cucumbers and black olives to satisfy all your cheese dreams.

Sea bass machboos at Al Fanar: Traditional Emirati restaurant Al Fanar aims to educate diners on UAE culture through their stomachs, and the perfect way is with its sautéed sea bass with slow-cooked rice, vibrantly spiced rice with lemon, tamarind and peppers.