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Egyptian restaurants in UAE are quite a few and give you a taste of food that is quite different from the rest of Africa. In the past the Egyptian elite were the ones who could afford meat and this is why Egyptian food has a good variety of lip smacking vegetarian dishes as well. Those who are familiar with Egyptian cuisine can skip this part and go on to our pick of the best Egyptian restaurants in UAE.
For those less familiar, here is a crash course on what to expect when eating at an Egyptian restaurant in UAE. The dish you will come across in all Egyptian menus will be Ful Mudammas and this is broad beans in a special, delicately spiced sauce. Another is Koshari which is a mix of lentils, macaroni, rice and chickpeas. Try also the Gebna Makleyah, an oven fried cheese or some Bamia, okra cooked in a tangy sweet and sour style. Wash this down with some Sahi mint tea or Irea cinnamon drink. Of course for dessert it must be some Baklava.
Hadoota Masreya Restaurant Sheikh Zayed Road: This Egyptian restaurant in UAE has a relaxed ambience and is great for kids. They haven’t gone Egyptian with the decor so it is the Egyptian food that carries the authenticity. For main course try the Falafel, Koshari or Fataah (soft pita bread with different variety of toppings). For dessert try the Zalabya which are sweet crunchy fritters that are soft inside.
Dar al Kamar Restaurant on the Dubai Marina: This is a moderately priced Egyptian restaurant in UAE that actually feels like the food has come out from a home kitchen. It’s delicious and tasty. The dressing is anything goes and there is a live Egyptian band and you can smoke a shisha as well. There is a separate non smoking area as well.
Ibn Hamido Restaurant outside Sharaf DB Metro station: This without doubt is often considered the best Egyptian restaurant in UAE. The walls have portraits of Egyptian achievers like singers, doctors and scientists.When it comes to the Egyptian cuisine, you must try the seafood pasta with Bechamel and Mozzarella cheese. Or the shrimp fajitas for the main course. As a starter it can be Kashk with shrimp and mussels.
Barracuda Restaurant Jumeirah Beach Road: This specialises in seafood and you can select the fish that is displayed on ice and you are told the weight and price. It is a bit on the expensive side but the Egyptian food is tasty and the serving is generous. It can get busy on the weekends.
Grand Abu Shakra Restaurant Al Maktoum Road: This is the best Egyptian Restaurant in UAE to go to for breakfast or brunch Egyptian style The Falafels are amazing and the Moorish pastrami kind of pastries are very filling. It is not expensive and yet the quality is very good. Though the other branches do not get good reviews.
Studi Masr Restaurant Al Wasi Road: This is a little Egyptian restaurant in UAE’s Boxpark. The staff is friendly and the portion sizes are very large so be careful ordering. Start off with the Hummus platter and then order the shrimp frekato tagine for seafood lovers or if fish is what you prefer, saydia fish tagine. Those who like their meats can go for the okra and meat tagine that comes with steamed rice. Their moussaka is also delicious and you should try the Arabic salad. For accompaniment try their lemon and mint refreshing chillers.
Other Restaurants serving Egyptian food in UAE worth a visit is Geddy Restaurant on the Marina, popular for its egg and tomato Koshari, another is Nubia Restaurant and Cafe in Al Manara Tower.