If you’re visiting the picturesque new waterside stretch Al Seef this week, you may want to explore what they’re calling Dubai’s first pharaonic restaurant.
Ancient history meets authentic eats at Khofo, a homegrown dining concept that’s inspired by the lavish palace of Khufu – a ruler of ancient Egypt who’s said to have commissioned Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Majestic columns and hieroglyphic murals takes diners back in time, from the banks of Dubai Creek, to explore Egypt at the time of the pharaohs through traditional cuisine.
Servers dressed in pharaoh-inspired costumes (we’re expecting impressive headdresses) will serve Egyptian staples that have stood the test of time, like molokia (mallow) soup, hawawshi (pita bread with minced meat) and mahashi (stuffed vegetables). Or start the day with a classic Egyptian breakfast of foul and falafel with a choice of eggs (breakfast from AED 21), because Khofo opens at 8am. Main courses are around the AED 50 mark, so you won’t need a pyramid full of treasure to afford any of it.
The first phase of the Al Seef project opened in September 2017, using designs from the 1950s to recreate a souq. Harking back to the emirate’s maritime heritage, there will also soon be a floating market and waterborne restaurants, a marina for private yachts and links to the Dubai water taxi network.
Khofo, Al Seef Street. 8am to midnight on weekdays and 8am to 2am from weekends. 04 388 5005.