When Dubai started opening up after the lockdown, we started looking for staycations and ended up booking a night at Fairmont at The Palm. It was nice l to get away from the monotone mass that has been everyday life for the last couple of months, and our timing was just right as the hotel beach clubs were allowed to open again that weekend.
I’ve never been into running, but lately, morning runs have somehow managed to sneak into my morning ritual. I wake up early, so I am ready to start my run each morning at 6am, when the covid-19 night curfew ends.
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The other day Dumpling Express reached out to me and asked if they could send me home delivery lunch. The Bay Square restaurant opened just 2 weeks ago, and they specialize in handmade dumplings (they got more than 80 kinds).
In Dubai, everybody is advised to stay in their homes and self-quarantine as far as possible, and for the next couple of weeks, all restaurants are closed except for home delivery. I therefore thought I would put together a list of my favorite restaurants for home delivery along with the dishes I usually order.
I mainly use Uber Eats because they let you track the order in detail. Furthermore, you can tip online and request completely contactless delivery. I have also previously used Zomato which sometimes has some really good offers, and many of my friends use Deliveroo.
The list features restaurants that deliver to my neighborhood (Dubai Marina). Here it is:
My favorite restaurants in Dubai for home delivery
Did I miss something? What’s your favorite place for home delivery? Send me a message.
IHOP: Spinach, mushroom and tomato omelette (comes with Hollandaise sauce). I’m not a big fan of their pancakes, but their crepes are really nice.
Fratelli la Bufala – A new favorite of mine. Rather pricey pizzas but there is a 2-for-1 offer on Uber Eats for select pizzas. I hope they keep that offer. If you like anchovies, get the Napoli pizza (anchovies, tomato, mozzarella and capers), it’s delicious.
800 Pizza – A safe pizza bet in Dubai Marina: The Margherita with buffalo mozzarella is good, but if you like pizzas with white sauce, go for the Classic Truffle pizza.
Cucina Mia – Decent pizzas, reasonably priced (for some reason the pizzas do not show in the Uber Eats menu right now. I assume it’s a temporary bug): Bresaola Rucola e Grana is the best (rocket salad and bresaola).
Bareburger – Best vegan burgers around: The Duchesse with vegan cheese and portobello bacon is my favorite.
ShakeShack: The Shack Stack with beef patty and crispy breaded portobello mushrooms is the best.
Cheesecake Factory: Poul claims that the Glam Burger is the best burger he has ever had.
Zaroob: The Manakeesh Garlic Chicken Wrap is the best.
Operation Falafel: Poul always gets the OF Sliders Box with 12 mini sliders. Great value for money, and you can pick and choose between 3 different kinds of sliders.
Sushi Art (the one at JBR) – Not sure they’re on Uber Eats, but I think they are on Zomato. Not the cheapest but also not the most expensive, and their sushi is consistently good: I like most of their menu, but the Salmon Ceviche and the Signature Rolls I have tried were all really good.
Cafe Isan – Best Thai restaurant in my neighborhood: Som Tam (papaya salad), Laab Gai (salad with minced chicken and herbs, remember not to order it too spicy), Thai Iced Tea, Yam Woon Sen (glass noodle salad with seafood). Their Khao Man Gai (chicken rice) is also nice although the chicken is a bit chewy. Tried the DIY Som Tam kit. It does not come with instructions, so if you’ve also ordered other dishes, it can be difficult to know which ingredients that are condiments to the other dishes and which ingredients that go into the salad. Cafe Isan is not on Uber Eats but you can order through their website.
Hyu – The best of the Korean restaurants that delivers to Dubai Marina if you ask me. A bit pricey, but worth it: Kimbap (Korean maki rolls with vegetables), Moolnaengmyun (cold buckwheat noodles in a tasty broth), Bibimbap (rice topped with vegetables and a fried egg).
Zafran in Marina Mall – Consistently good Indian food: Paneer Makhani and lots of naan. When I have dined in the restaurant, the garlic naan have been really good, but they tend to get a rather bitter flavor when ordered as home delivery. Go for the butter naan instead for home delivery.
Soul Santé – One of the only all-vegan restaurants in Dubai Marina: Banana Protein Pancakes and Pulled Jackfruit Tacos
Desserts and cakes
Magnolia Bakery: Banana pudding and cheese cake. I don’t like their cupcakes (I find the frosting too heavy and buttery).
Dunkin, Tim Hortons and Krispy Kreme: The donuts at these three places are all good. If forced to choose I would probably pick Krispy Kreme as number 1. I like the custard-filled ones the best.
Cheesecake Factory: The Strawberry Cheesecake is the best
To be continued – I will keep updating this list
One of my favorite places at JBR is The Maine Oyster Bar. It is right next to the beach, and there is always such a nice vibe down there, especially if you get one of the tables outside on the patio.
One of the days, I met with J for another Barre Fitness class at StudioRepublik. We were only three persons attending the class that day, so there was no way to hide from the instructor, or take unscheduled water break, and I was completely exhausted when the class was finally over. After the workout, J had invited me for Prosecco and plant-based lunch at her place, which was what got me through the barre class:)
Today, I was invited to Dubai Opera to see the Formidable! Aznavour show. The show is a tribute to the legendary French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour, who sold more than 180 million records during his lifetime. A very impressive number, even after today’s Streaming Age measures. His love songs probably are the most famous, counting classics such as She, but you probably also recognize the hook from Parce que tu crois, which has been sampled in Dr Dre’s What’s the difference and Blu Cantrell’s Breathe.
Last Friday we got up late and headed over to Bistro des Arts to have brunch, but the Bistro was fully booked with people waiting outside for a table, so we ended up at Baker & Spice instead.
The cool season is finally here and once again the streets are full of people. This is also the time of the year that those of us living down here receive most visitors from home. While I’m grateful and happy that friends want to travel all the way to visit us here in the desert, I’ve also learned a lesson or two through the years.
Wednesday, I was invited to an event at Eeten which is a new cafe in Dubai Marina Mall. At the event, we could try different dishes from the menu, so Mille (from Madmille.dk) and I shared a starter of avocado hummus, and then Mille had the shrimp and avo salad, and I had the Mr Benedict, which is the Eeten version of Eggs Benedict with salmon.
When we decided to start eating more vegetables and less meat, we also started doing our grocery shopping at Kibsons, because they have a really good selection of vegan and vegetarian products. The goods are delivered in big cardboard boxes that you can return to the delivery guy on the next order so they can be properly recycled.
So I signed up for the meal plan at Soul Santé, and every day at 9am, a guy comes by with the three vegan meals for the day. During the week I would usually just eat yogurt and granola for breakfast, but with the meal plan I get all sorts of nice breakfast dishes that I would never bother to cook myself, such as the super-delicious pancakes with banana and coconut that I had on the first day. This morning I had avocado toast, and for lunch I ate one of the jackfruit tacos (the same kind of tacos that I had last week in the restaurant) and half of the grilled peach salad and saved the other half for dinner tonight.
Last Wednesday, I was invited to the opening event at StudioRepublik, which is a new gym in Dubai. As a matter of fact, calling in a gym would be quite an understatement, as the multi-storey monster of a gym also has a music recording studio, as well as several stages where budding actors and artists can show off their talents. You can also take dancing, singing and acting classes, which I think is really cool.
J and I live in the same building but for some reason we haven’t seen each other for more than two months. Not ok! So tonight, we decided to go out for a drinks, no excuses, no change of plans. J had heard about a rooftop bar at Millennium Place and I knew which one she was talking about, as I had been to the opening party of Millennium Place last year.
Today I had lunch at Soul Santé, which is a vegan cafe that showed up on GoogleMaps, when I was searching for vegetarian food in Dubai Marina. The café is just a short walk from where I live, so all the time I was bitching about how Dubai is lacking pure vegetarian restaurants, there was a vegan restaurant just around the corner:)
On New Year’s Eve we had dinner at JB’s Gastropub. The restaurant was just across the street from the beach on JBR, so a couple of minutes before 12, we walked over to watch the fireworks. Compared to the world-famous firework display Downtown at Burj Khalifa, the fireworks at JBR are of a more modest kind, but still an impressive sight.
Happy New Year! For the first time in years, Poul was not working and we were both in Dubai, so we decided to celebrate New Year’s Eve at JB’s Gastropub on JBR. JB’s is just about as close as you get to a local neighborhood restaurant on notoriously touristy JBR, and I like the casual, pub-style atmosphere of the place.
My last lunch in 2019 was at Cafe Isan in JLT. The cute little Thai restaurant has just moved to a new location on the SZR-side of JLT, but the food, the super nice staff/owner, and the fun vibe, are all the same as usual.
People from all over the world come to Dubai to live and work, and many of the city’s expats are young, single and ready to mingle. Though in spite of that, finding true love in Dubai can be difficult, not to mention very expensive, especially if you are a guy. I have asked my male friend from Denmark, to tell me about dating in Dubai from a guy’s perspective.
Yesterday we ordered home delivery from Bareburger which is a New York burger chain that has become widely popular in Dubai. We wanted to try their vegan burgers which are supposed to be really good, and after browsing the menu for a while (there are eight different vegan burgers to choose among), we decided on the Duchess and the Golden State.