Al Fanar Restaurant

The Emirates’ term for antique kerosene lamps used to light homes in old Dubai is also the name of one of the most popular restaurants in the United Arab Emirates. Authentic Emirati cuisine is served in a days-gone-by setting complete with mannequins dressed in traditional garb and fiberglass camels. Guests walk through massive vaulted wooden doors surrounded by thick mud walls, coral stones and large grilled windows. Intricate carvings, wooden furniture and Arabic-themed wall hangings adorn the main restaurant while a large Sidr tree rises in its midst to give guests a feel of dining under its canopy. House specialties include generous portions of char-grilled mashwi squid infused with a smoky aroma; Machboos Dajaj, chicken cooked with yellow rice simmered in chicken stock and special Arabic spices and dry lemon; and Lamb Biryani, mutton marinated with a Bezar spice mix, onions, ginger, garlic, fresh coriander, green chilies and yogurt. Served with a mix of rice, fried onions, raisins and almonds, it is a one-dish wonder of flavor. Dessert lovers should order the soft and creamy Cake Al Tamour, set on a bed of caramel, dripping with more caramel and topped with almond slices.

Dubai Festival City - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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Opening times
Thu: 8:30 am - 11:30 pm
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