Bites on a budget: restaurants under AED 35 in Dubai

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  • For any and every taste bud, there’s always something on offer in Dubai – and you don’t have to break the bank.
  •  From the Malaysian delights of Rasa Saryang to the Indian bites of Raju Omlet, you can definitely try something new every day.
  • And if you’re in the mood for something closer to home, popular areas like JLT, Al Barsha and The Marina all have something in store.

We all know that “ooooh, what do I really feel like eating?” feeling. Well, when it comes to food options in Dubai, you’ll never ever run out. And what’s better than delicious food that’s just around the corner? The fact that it can be super pocket-friendly too.

Street budget food in Dubai

Rasa Sayang

Get ready to warm your heart, and your belly, at this classic Malaysian restaurant in Oud Metha, Dubai. With favorite flavors from the homeland, be sure to try the nasi lemak breakfast dish. Served on a banana leaf with fried chicken, coconut-flavored rice, chili gravy, egg, peanuts and Ikan bilis – fried, dried anchovies – this dish is a marriage of delicious flavors with a great budget.

Opening hours:
Sat – Thu: 11 A.M. – 11 P.M.
Friday: 2 P.M. – 11 P.M.
Tel: +971 4 3313135


Take a journey into impeccable Vietnamese dining at this JLT favorite. With signature dishes as well as traditional treats, you will definitely find something for every taste bud. When you’re there, be sure to try a bun (pronounced “boon”) bowl – a hearty rice noodle dish with salad, roasted peanuts, and sauté tofu.

Opening hours: 12 P.M. – 10 P.M. daily
Tel: +971 4 4313099


Fuschia restaurant in Dubai

As stunning as the color, this restaurant is all about enjoyable Thai cuisine, made from scratch at the restaurant. Not only are all their ingredients organically and sustainably sourced, but they’re divine too. Definitely, try any one of their house-made curries with brown rice and a refreshing rose water iced tea.

Opening hours: 12 P.M. – 10 P.M. daily
Tel: +971 4 3617117

Lila Café

Just a brisk walk down the road you’ll find Lila Café ¬– for those looking for a healthier alternative, try their salad bar for just AED 35. With fresh ingredients including pasta, proteins, dairy, and a beverage to go with it, eating healthy during the week just became your new way of life.

Opening hours:  8 A.M. – 10 P.M. daily
Salad bar: 1 P.M. – 3 P.M.
Tel: +971 4 4574013

Dapoer Kita Restaurant

Let’s venture off to Indonesia, with this delightful café in Karama. Not exactly in the center of the hustle and bustle of Dubai, this quaint place offers the signature Indonesian dish Gado-Gado – steamed mixed vegetables, tofu and egg, all slathered with peanut sauce – at the most budget-friendly of prices.

Opening hours:
Sat – Thu: 11 A.M. – 11 P.M.
Friday: 1 P.M. – 11 P.M.
Tel: +971 4 3795501


Despite its extremely popular location, Zaroob offers reasonably priced but absolutely tasty food. With Middle Eastern cuisine as their specialty, enjoy the surprisingly cheap koshari, an Egyptian dish of rice and lentils with pasta, garlic and tomato sauce with chickpeas and crispy fried onions.
The best part? They’re open 24/7.

Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
Tel: +971 4 3276262

Freedom Pizza

Who can say no to a hearty pizza? Especially when it’s from Freedom Pizza – with their delectable crust options and pocket-friendly prices, you definitely don’t want to miss out. Try their signature Mother Earth Pizza with artichoke, peppers, coriander, spinach, garlic, mushrooms and onions for a treat.

Opening hours:
Mon – Tue – Wed: 10.30 A.M. – 2 A.M.
Thu – Fri: 10.30 A.M. – 4 A.M.
Sat – Sun: 10.30 A.M. to 2 A.M.
Tel: +971 4 4534313

Raju Omelet

Think you’ve already had the best of Indian cuisine on a budget? Think again. Raju Omlet is all about tasty, traditional Indian bites. Dive into their signature Masala half fry – half-fried eggs dressed in onion, chili, garlic, ginger and chopped tomato, spiced with masala. It’s a mess, but a beautiful one and the best part is, you can order two and still be under AED 35!

Opening hours: 8 A.M. – 11.30 P.M. daily
Tel:  +971 4 3883355

So if you’re looking for a delicious feast or a simple late night snack on a budget, the best place to satisfy any craving on a budget is definitely Dubai.


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