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.
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
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.
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.