Twenty years ago no one even heard of Dubai.
Today, the city is being declared as the gastronomic capital of the Middle East region for having over 200 cuisines nationalities in 2014. In celebration for their recognition, the Dubai Food Festival was celebrated for the first time last year from February 21 to March 15.
We were there, and can personally single out a few restaurants that are family-friendly, offering different and new experiences for children. When we mean new, we mean new flavors, new cuisines and off-the-beaten-track locations.
Here are a few restaurants that are Lou Lou and Jaf’s favorites. They are in no particular order, but the kids have come to love some of the items on their menus or just love the place because of what they have to offer;
You see, we’re big sushi fans! And there’s no other Japanese restaurant in Dubai that is truly family-friendly than Sumo Sushi & Bento. With a KIDS-EAT-FREE-TUESDAY and kid bento boxes (sushi shaped like rabbits and veggies shaped like stars), they have everything to keep your little ones occupied. – Town Centre, Jumeriah Beach Road
Kids Favorite: Chicken Katsu Bento, Edamame and Tuna Lovers Bento
Oh the Custard! We visit here at least once a week when we’re in Dubai. The kids love their hotdogs and more importantly their red velvet custard. Although the don’t have any kid-friendly things to do, the atmosphere and food is what keeps the kids always wanting to come back. – Mercato Mall, Jumeriah Beach Road
Kids Favorite: Hotdog, red velvet and shark attack custard
Their name says it all! Known for delivery 24 hours a day, we’ve ordered from them in the wee hours of the morning, when jet-lag set in. Their location at Murooj is small but great for family-dining. They have wonderful Lebanese fatayers, manakish, juices and sandwiches. The kids love their mini hot dogs and chicken sandwiches. – Al Murooj Complex
Kids Favorite: Kebbe, hotdog, pizza and cheese fatayer
Located in the “old part” of Dubai, this Pakistani hole-in-the-wall restaurant is where my kids love to go for breakfast. It’s by no means a 4-5* star establishment, but don’t be fooled by appearances. If you truly want authentic, affordable Pakistani food at an affordable price, this is the place to go. They always order the tomato omelet along with cheese naan and aloo paratha. I get a nice cup of chai and watch as they munch away at their meal. Ravi’s is known more for their tandoori chicken, so go check them out during lunch or dinner. – Satwa, Dubai
Kids Favorite: Cheese Naan, tandoori chicken, spicy tomato omelet and aloo paratha
We’ve been on the Bateaux twice in one year. The food is great, the kids love sitting in the open air area, just admiring the city lights and watching the dhows and boats crossover to Deira. The staff are very friendly and attentive to your young ones. – Deira Creek, Dubai
Kids Favorite: They are more interested in riding the boat than eating on it!
Located at the One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel on the beach it has a wonderful wooden playground for the kids. There are menus for the kids and adults to enjoy and its right on the beach where the kids often stroll and play. – Royal Mirage Hotel, Jumeriah Beach
Kids Favorite: Cheeseburgers or the Seafood Mixed Grill
If you want a great view of the Dubai Fountains this is the place to go. We normally aim to get there early afternoon and reserve a table outside so we can order our favorite Lebanese cuisine, sit and watch the show! The kids love this! – Dubai Mall ,near Dubai fountains
Kids Favorite: Grilled shrimp plate, hummus with meat and fresh Arabic bread
This pizza chain is so kid-friendly! The branch we visit is the one at KidZania and is part of the theme park where children play and their chefs teach kids how to make and decorate their own pizzas. The pizzas are yummy and the kids love this place! KidZania, Dubai Mall
Kids Favorite: Whatever they make and their dough balls
Butter Chicken. That’s all you need to know! They have the Indian best butter chicken in the city which kids love it with some white rice and butter naan. Also located in the “old part” of Dubai, in an area called Karama it’s a great place to visit in the evening when its cool and you can go for a stroll in the famous Karama souk for some cheap retail shopping therapy. – Al Karama, Dubai
Kids Favorite: Butter chicken with buttered naan
I think they put something in these buns that make everyone want more. Particularly my children who can eat 2 each in one visit plus a side of milk. Lou Lou loves the strawberry topping or just plain while Jaf orders his with chocolate sauce. – Dubai Mall
So when you’re planning a visit to Dubai or haven’t been to these places yet, go check it out.
Your kids won’t be disappointed! 🙂