A family owned restaurant in Bur Dubai with only nine tables. Born 2007, this little diamond in the rough serves truly authentic Indonesian food and boasts a loyal following.

China Sea

This gem has been going for over a decade and is one of the most authentic Chinese restaurants in the city. Don't expect Molton Brown washroom products.

Calicut Paragon

Is it Calicut Paragon, or just simply the later, we're really not sure… Either way this staple South Indian restaurant produces good, inexpensive food and is held dear by many.


This unassuming eatery is a diamond in the rough. Revered amongst many of Dubai's East Asian expats in search of classic cuisine. The menu consists of Japanese, Thai and Korean dishes...
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Rare Brunch – Gatsby Glamour

This elegant experience marries all the brunch essentials without the excessive waste. A dignified display of good quality food from Rare's contemporary grill, with well-sourced ingredients.


Still going strong, Asha's combines North West Indian cuisine with an innovative twist, red and amber hues, and a relaxed open-air terrace...

Asiana Grand Buffet – Bonafide Asian

Dubai's very reasonable and most authentic, evening Asian brunch, with the hotel's Korean, Japanese and Chinese restaurants serving up fresh seafood, meats, sushi and veggie options and a good selection of Asian beverages.
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The China Club

What this old favourite may lack in atmosphere it makes up for in good food; a generous mix of authentic Cantonese, Peking and Szechuan cuisine, along with a charming team...
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Long Yin

Cantonese and Szechwan cuisine, with outdoor seating available. The Friday dim sum is some of the best in the city.


This Persian gem has been serving regulars with traditional fare and a view of the Creek for 23 years...


A hidden gem in the Méridien Village, with traditional décor and hand carved wooden interiors. Your experience is enriched by thoughtful touches...

Amara Spa

A Moorish paradise. Private outdoor showers, music menu and an array of tempting treatments from the integration of precious stones, to ear candling and detoxification.
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The Creek

Soak up the sights of the boats effortlessly gliding along with eager seagulls ravenous for remnants of leftover catch.