Escape the mall and you’ll find an electic range of places to eat in this thriving neighbourhood.
Moshi – Momo and Sushi
Fun fusion diner opposite Citymax Hotel does a brisk trade in delivery, but does have a handful of tables in its small interior. Nostalgic numbers like Cheesy Chips Oman are ever popular among the original range of Nepalese momos and Japanese sushi.
Head there on Mondays between 3pm-10pm for unlimited makis, momos and lemonade for AED 89.
11am-midnight, daily. 04 429 8972. www.facebook.com/Moshiuae
Al Amoor Restaurant
If you like your portions on the generous side, Al Amoor will not disappoint. Arabic, specifically Egyptian food, is served in plentiful amounts – pots of carb-laden koshari (rice, macaroni, and lentils mixed together) and slabs of fatayer (pie stuffed with various fillings, including Kraft cheese, tuna and custard cream).
Go jumbo if you dare, because not much here is more than AED 30. Arabic speakers may fare better when ordering, but don’t let that put you off.
7.30am-2am, daily. 04 347 0787. Next to Al Ansari Exchange, near Mall of the Emirates.
On the Wood
Some of freshest and tastiest Lebanese food around. Choose from a range of doughs and toppings, then watch your manakish trundle out of the oven in next to no time, and from under AED 10. The kunafa will also have you coming back to this neat little restaurant for more.
8am-1am daily. Behind Ramada Hotel. 04 448 9584.
Affordable shakes that stop just short of freakiness, in an industrial but welcoming setting. With names like Thug Life and Cheesecake Killer, these are thick shakes for people who don’t take their indulgences too seriously.
From AED 27. 11am-midnight, until 1am Thursday and noon-1am Friday. Behind Ramada Chelsea Hotel. 04 550 8308.
Cute café in the lovely Al Barsha Pond Park. Healthy and family-friendly (there’s a decent kids’ menu), it’s the perfect pit-stop after a romp around the play area or a session on the pedal boats.
Whatever time you arrive, breakfast is served, including options for the gluten-free. Special mention to the droolworthy banana bread, even if it necessitates another lap of the park springy running track.
Meals from AED 27, bakeries AED 13. Opposite Al Barsha Mall. 7am-9pm. www.parkhouse.ae
Foul W Hummous
Some of the best falafel in Dubai is here for just a dirham.
Parking is best described as ‘challenging’, but it’s worth taking the hit and walking from Sharaf DG Metro to fill up on pocket-friendly Arabic street snacks. Take cash though – there’s no card machine and the nearest ATM is back the way you came.
8am-2am daily. 04 395 7767. Behind Sharaf DG Metro, opposite Coral Boutique Hotel.
Tiny restaurant of wooden benches with a fiercely-authentic kitchen staffed by Thai nationals.
Always affordable, especially the AED 30-ish lunch-time special of spring rolls, rice and curry. The green papaya salad is outstanding – ask for it medium spicy though, unless you like your food super fiery.
050 113 6715. 11am-3pm (4pm Saturdays)/5pm-10pm. Behind Mall of the Emirates, near Star Metro Hotel Apartments.
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