Dubai is a land of diversity. In this new-generation oasis, you can not only meet people from every walk of life but also experience their culture through food, clothing, and entertainment. Indeed, it is like being able to see and understand different cultures without ever traveling! However, Dubai is also notoriously known for its love of luxury and extravagance, with its wonderfully inexhaustive options for dining from every imaginable cuisine you can easily burn a hole in your pocket if you don’t watch out. Here is our list of eight drool-worthy eateries from different cuisines around the world where you can indulge in less than 100 dirhams. So brace your cutleries and enjoy!

Calicut Paragon

A significant majority of the ex-pat population in Dubai comes from India and so the city has no dearth of Indian restaurants. On the weekends you can find most of the Indian diners packed to the brim! Calicut Paragon is among the top players on the field. This place serves delicious Keralite food along with some interesting drinks and several Indo-Chinese items. If you have not tasted Malabar cooking as yet this is a good place to begin, with its creamy coconut chicken curries and fluffy white appams, you are sure to be blown over!

The Lime Tree Café & Kitchen

If you’re the sort of person who likes to take the day off with some freshly baked carrot cake, a cup of warm coffee, and your favorite book then this is where you can come while not breaking your bank. The Lime Tree Café has a cozy feel to it and the friendly staff just makes it perfect for catching up with your loved ones or to just spend some quality me-time. The café is known for its breakfast options and desserts. In the winter one can sit outside and indulge in their warm selection of bakes and even get some work done thanks to the free wifi in the café.

Falafel Farm

For the vegetarians who complain about the dearth of all veggie restaurants, here is Falafel Farm. The quirky, fun and very welcoming ambiance of the place is sure to make you fall in love with it. Falafel Farm takes the traditional falafel and turns it into modern, finger-licking good dishes that will leave you wanting more. Falafel farm sources its produce from local farms and markets and uses minimal preservatives which makes their sauces and pickles a true treat.

Special Estate

Estate is one of the oldest restaurants in Dubai serving authentic Iranian food. A meat lover’s paradise, Ostadi only serves classic Iranian kebabs with a side of rice and yogurt. The interiors have an old-world charm to them with old photos and other curios hung on its brightly colored walls. If you don’t plan, this place is mostly packed on weekends and the waiting line could also belong. Once you get a taste of the perfectly spiced tender kebabs of Estate, you will always be yearning to come back!


Food Truck is the new trend in the food industry worldwide and Dubai also has caught up with it. SALT is parked by the beautiful Kite Beach and serves irresistible sliders and delicious shakes. The smart and funky décor and wheelchair accessibility of the truck adds a fun kick to the setup. Chicken Cheetos Slider, Cheesy fries, and Lotus softie are a must-try for every foodie. With good food, fun crowd, and beach this place strikes all the right chords.

Arabian Tea House

Before anything can be said about the lip-smackingEmarati food served here, the beauty of its enchanting décor needs to be mentioned. The ambiance of this cafe instantly transports you back to decades-old Dubai. This place is popular for its breakfast trays and tea. The serving wares and cutleries are vintage pieces from Emarati tradition. Old Arabic music and the rustic fragrance of Oudh will be a perfect setting for a romantic date. Emarati bread with honey and cheese is a must-try for every ex-pat living in this wonderful country.

Yamanote Atelier

If you are reluctant to try out Japanese cuisine thinking it is all Sushi and seafood, its time you paid a visit to this charming little bakery. Yamanote Atelier serves some heavenly delicious Japanese-style baked treats presented in a unique adorable way. They also have very interesting breakfast selections and other savory dishes on the menu. Try to get your hands on their fast disappearing ‘crispy on the outside light and creamy on the inside’ Creampuffs, you will thank us a million times!

The Acai Spot

Acai is an indigenous berry commonly found in the rain forests of the Amazon. This antioxidant-rich fruit has been heralded for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating, energy-boosting fruit. The Acai Spot is the first place to serve a menu based on this super nutritious fruit. Smoothies, granola bowls, and fruit mixes are all served with a tasty, healthy twist. If you are among the health-conscious or an aspiring weight watcher you should check out this place.

Now tuck in your napkins, eat, drink and make merry. Your wallets will also thank you!