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Dubai may have a reputation for being glitzy and bling, but you can eat for cheap if you know where to go!
Word of warning: people rarely know street names, so directions are given on the basis of landmarks.
Al Reef Lebanese Bakery, Karama and Jumeirah
Going to Dubai and not visiting a Lebanese restaurant is a silly thing to do. The Al Reef Bakeries are known for their delicious and fresh Lebanese food. Try out their zaatar manakish at just AED3.50 (60p). It’s filling too!
Expect to pay AED 3-20 (52p-£3.36)
Venus, Behind Baby Shop, Opposite Lulu Park, Karama
Perhaps the best South Indian food you’ll find in Dubai, Venus has filling and flavourful bites. Go healthy with the idlis (steamed rice and lentil cakes) or gorge on their uttapams (a thick pancake). Either way, you’ll be stuffed.
Expect to pay AED 3-15 (52p-£2.59)
Midnight Café, Near Al Manara Centre, Hamdan Colony
Their tagline; ‘the little café with a lot’, definitely holds true. A small takeaway outlet, their speciality is their frankee, although their club sandwiches and pizzas are known for their portions and taste. Frankees can be hard to handle for those unused to spice in their meals, so do ask them to tone it down if you need to. Beware that club sandwiches can be finished only by those with a capacity for large portions.
Expect to pay AED 3-36 (52p-£6.21)
Ravi Restaurant, Near Al Diyafah Roundabout, Satwa
So famous that it makes various lists in Time Out Food Dubai, you shouldn’t be fooled by the small and regular look of the Pakistani restaurant Ravi’s. Home to the best chicken tikkas and kebabs in town, their haleem (meat stew) will also make you a fan for life.
Expect to pay AED 10-40 (£1.73-£6.90)
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