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On a zippy, super-short trip to Abu Dhabi/Dubai? Call yourself a street-savvy gourmand? This is how you should be eating and drinking your way around town. So loosen your belt, and get ready for a whirlwind food trail through the two most exciting cities in the UAE!

Abu Dhabi… where everything is gold and shining! 

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Palace Cappuccino at the Emirates Palace with Real Gold flakes!             PC: diningandnightlifeabudhabi.com

  • Deliciously tender and smoky Mixed Grill Platter (Shish Tawouk, Arayes, Seekh Kebab and Lamb Chops) at Lebanese Mill
  • Wholehearted Mutton Biryani, and squishy Wine Leaves at Lebanese Flower (Zahrat Labnan)
  • A high-energy, entertaining Teppenyaki dinner with fire, knives and food theatre at Benihana
  • Palace Cappuccino topped with REAL GOLD Flakes at the Emirates Palace
  • A Mai Tai (or three!) or the potent Tiki Puca Puca, with peppy live Mexican music at Trader Vic’s

 

Dubai… where everything is sky-high and buzzing! 

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  • Mixed Grill Platter and Avocado Milkshake (hold the cream) at Al Mallah
  • Best Shawarma at Aroos Damascus, home-style Lebanese at Al Safadi
  • Pocket-friendly, Michelin-star (an oxymoron that actually exists!) gorgeous Asian fare with amazing dumplings at Din Tai Fung at the Mall of Emirates – don’t miss the ‘science lab’ with chefs huddled over a table, secretly conspiring (it sure looks like!) and folding delicate dumplings intricately by hand by the hundreds 😯
  • A walk through the Spice Souk nibbling at candied nuts, Baklavas and dates with heady whiffs of aromatic spices
  • A drink or two at the hip and cool Barasti Beach Bar at Le Meridien

And a bonus for those deprived souls in serious need of their Beef fix – a simple, classic, squelchy-cheesy Burger with Milkshake and Chilli Fries at Johnny Rocket… because you really want to!

 

Got more time on hand? There’s a lot more where these came from! 

So… ready for Round Two? 😉

Pssst! A special shout out to Chef Vikas Seth who I think was testing my bingeing limits with his never-ending list of favourite food haunts. Chef, I am still alive and kicking, no thanks to you! 😈😈😈

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