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Dubai Food tour

March 21, 2013

Not only is Dubai THE place to shop, with malls and mega malls all over the city, but it really is a foodie dream destination.  Practically every nation is represented!  Just about every American fast food is present also from Dunkin Donuts, to Burger King, Applebee’s  and the list goes on…and the great thing is you don’t have to eat American fast food!!!!

When doing research for our trip I ran across many blogs about life in Dubai, written by expats from all over the world.  One of the blogs I found is Frying Pan Adventures.  Arva Ahmed leads  food tours in the neighborhoods of old Dubai.  We chose the Arabian Foodie Pilgrimage.  Included in the fee is a bus ride from the Mall of the Emirates, you get to experience Dubai traffic!

I was so caught up in the experience that I didn’t take notes, so this will not be super comprehensive, consider it a small taste of the tour.  If you live in Dubai or plan to visit, you really need to take this tour!  I can’t wait to get back and do more!

Our first stop was a falafel shop and restaurant. I have made falafel with chick peas, the traditional ones are made with fava beans.  Can I just say, OMG, they were so good, if we had stopped there, I would have been satisfied.  But we didn’t stop there…There were a few other dishes that we sampled, and ended with a dessert called Kunafa, a cheese base covered with semolina noodles crushed and topped with chopped pistachio, yum!




We then went to a pastry shop/bakery and tried various sweets, baclava included!

Amazing sweets

Amazing sweets

Next stop a restaurant with cuisine from Yemen.  Chicken Mandi, with spicy tomato sauce.   The front dining area is for men only, we sat in these little “tent” like rooms, we ate with our hands, from communal platters, you really should experience this!!



We stopped into a small shop that sold spices, and fruit and nuts by the pound.  Had a lesson on what is real saffron.


Then on to Breakfast to Breakfast, they serve Lebanese  Manousheh, a flatbread pizza.  We sampled a cheese and herb one and one with Sujuk a spicy Armenian sausage.  My favorite was the Sujuk, tasty!

Brick oven style

Brick oven style

A short walk away was an Iranian restaurant for Kabab and Fesenjoon a stew made with chicken and gravy made from walnuts and pomegranate molasses.  We watched them make the flat bread, cooked in ovens on a bed of small rocks.  Once out  of the oven it is hung on the wall, the rocks that get baked into the bread are removed before serving.  We finished off with tea poured over mint leaves and some more sweets.

bread hanging on the wall

bread hanging on the wall




Tea with mint

Arva is an excellent guide, she knows the food in the neighborhood,  her neighborhood!  I highly recommend the tour.  If you are visiting this is a great way to see some of Dubai that most tourists do not see.  If you live in Dubai, it is a great way to find some great new eating out possibilities!!  I really look forward to going on more tours when we go back!!

Frying Pan Adventures:

Twitter: @fryingpantours


Grandma Cindy

19 Comments leave one →
  1. March 29, 2013 1:02 am

    Reblogged this on Bumblebee & Sophie and commented:

    I wrote this for the Trigrandmatry blog, enjoy

  2. March 29, 2013 1:14 am

    Wowie kazowie! Men only up front? interesting!

    Lots of amazing-looking food. How’s the training going? Are you able to run outside on your own without worries?

    • March 29, 2013 1:32 am

      Training is ok…had a good run today, 4 miles. Yes I could run outside alone in Dubai!

      • March 29, 2013 1:33 am

        Yay, I’m glad you still get to do your training. Dry desert air and at sea level? Awesome (I’m assuming it’s dry?)

  3. March 29, 2013 2:39 am

    It’s very dry and I’m VERY jealous!! I miss living there so much!!!

  4. March 29, 2013 2:45 am

    How cool! Looks like fun! 🙂

  5. March 29, 2013 5:53 pm

    Looks like a fabulous tour! My foodie husband would drool…

  6. March 29, 2013 9:09 pm

    So glad you had a good experience on your trip. Food looks yummy!

  7. March 30, 2013 11:36 am

    Wowza! This looks like a great time. Can’t wait to hear more.

  8. April 28, 2013 12:06 am

    Oh my goodness Cindy! This looks so fun. Glad you got to enjoy it!

  9. May 24, 2013 5:30 am

    Coming into this one late….. that tour sounds like it should be added to every Dubai visitor’s “must do” list – thanks for sharing!

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