13 Foodie Reasons to Get Stuck at Dubai Airport

If you're lucky enough to get stuck at the Emirates terminal, Dubai (DXB) airport has some reasonable, (if expensive) restaurants and places to eat. But ultimately we're always bit underwhelmed by the restaurant selection at Dubai airport.

Unlike most other airports however, Dubai airport is close to the city, which means there are much better options less than 5 mins away taxi ride away.

Here's 13 of best culinary delights and restaurants and near Dubai airport.

1. Otoro sushi @Kiku. Coming from the belly of a bluefin tuna, Otoro is one of the world's greatest things to eat. It's an expensive bite of food for sure but also unmissable.

Location - Le Meridien Dubai
Cost - At the time of writing Otoro sushi is AED 51

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2. Actually, just Kiku in general. Kiku is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Dubai period. Don't believe us? Check out the Tripadvisor reviews. Along with Miyako it's a must visit Japanese spot on this side of the city.

Location - Le Meridien Dubai
Cost - AED 300 Average for two people

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3. Korean Abalone @ Long Yin. Of the 100 species of Abalone around the world only 6 come from Korea. Considered a delicacy in Korea, this chewy but also tough shellfish is definitely unique and can be hard to track down in Dubai. Well worth seeking out.

Location - Le Meridien Dubai
Cost - AED 60 per piece

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4. Seafood Tuesday @ Yalumba. Yalumba is one of those unique restaurants where the cuisine takes influence from across the globe so it makes sense there something happening here everyday day. The Friday brunch is always full and the seafood night on Tuesdays is nothing if not epic.

Location - Le Meridien Dubai
Cost - AED 300 Average for two people

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5. Food Challenges @ Warehouse. Food challenges are not exactly common in Dubai but Warehouse has two of them. This is not really a foodie reason to come to Le Meridien, more like an endurance test.

  • The MF Burger - Amongst other things, three burger patties, 12 rashers of bacon, 1 fried egg, spare ribs and cheddar cheese. This must be completed in 10 minutes to beat the challenge.

  • The Hot Seat - Eat 8 hot wings in 8 minutes. Sounds easy until you realise they're smothered in Carolina reaper, aka the hottest chili in the world, sauce.

Location - Le Meridien Dubai
Cost - AED 300 Average for two people

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6. The 18 seawater tanks @ Seafood Market. This place has live lobsters from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Oman, live Crabs and live Local Hammour in tanks right in the restaurant. The result is some of the freshest fish available in Dubai. Seafood Market focuses on Asian flavours.

Location - Le Meridien Dubai
Cost - AED 250 Average for two people

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7. Party Brunch @ Warehouse. The Friday 'Hive' brunch is something of a Dubai institution. Great food - including full roasts with all trimmings and seafood stations - are served alongside ample drinks and buzzing vibes. Whilst not for everyone, the Hive brunch will suit those looking to party well into the afteroon.

Location - Le Meridien Dubai
Cost - AED 300 Average for two people

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8. Old School cool @ Casa Mia. The always packed Casa Mia is reported to be Dubai's oldest Italian restaurant. Serving traditional and authentic Italian cuisine, Case Mia hasn't changed much in the last 20 years and in our opinion, is all the better for it. Come here for some old school dining, Dubai style.

Location - Le Meridien Dubai
Cost - AED 500 Average for two people

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9. More Old School cool @ Da Vinci's. Also serving classic Italian food, Da Vinci's opened in 1989, making it the 3rd Italian restaurant in Dubai.

Location - Millennium Airport Hotel
Cost - AED 300 Average for two people

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10. One of Dubai's funkiest interiors @ Espana. With it's mix of LED lighting and stylish surrealism, the interior of Espana is an experience in itself. Espana also benefits from an exceptional beverages and great selection of Spanish food.

Location - Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
Cost - AED 250 Average for two people

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11. The Tandoor oven @ DXB Grill. A new addition to the neighboorhood, DXB Grill is a steakhouse with a twist. As well as all the usuals the restaurant also serves up it's signature Tandoor oven dishes.

Location - Millennium Airport Hotel
Cost - AED 350 Average for two people

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12. Paella @ Casa de Tapas. A little bit further away from the airport, Casa de Tapas is tapas and paella restaurant that aims for authentic decor and food alike. Very highly rated in general, the restaurant also boasts one of the best paellas in Dubai.

Location - Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club
Cost - AED 250 Average for two people

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13. Classic Lebanese @ Al Hallab. Famous Lebanese eatery serving Lebanese classics.

Location - Sheikh Rashad Road
Cost - AED 150 Average for two people

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