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6 Pocket Friendly Dubai Dishes!

Who doesn't enjoy a deal? We've gathered 6 of the best just for our users; enjoy fine-dining at some of Dubai's most prolific restaurants for a fraction of their usual price! From Michelin-starred chefs pushing the boundaries of gastronomy in the Emirate, to old favorites, there's something for everyone here, so grab some friends, make a booking on eat and get ready for some affordable yet trendy eating!Happy dining.

Marina Social Dubai
Marina Social's Feed Me Menu
This restaurant brought to Dubai by British restaurateur Jason Atherton is among the most exciting in the city at the moment; stunning views, a menu stacked with original dishes and exceptional service all combine. It's easy to see (and taste) why Marina Social has made such a distinctive mark on the Emirate's fine-dining scene. Check out their Feed Me menu, where the kitchen sends you a steady flow of dishes that are a mix of of items off the a la carte menu and options that they don’t usually serve. Priced at a great AED315, you can expect anywhere between 4 and 6 dishes, depending on what the chef has in mind that day.

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The Farm Dubai
The Farm
Located outside the city, this charming restaurant is a refreshing taste of greenery, with a gorgeous botanical garden and clear water streams. The outdoor wooden pavilion dining is the best spot to sit at when the weather is good! We like the Thai inspired menu, but it's the breakfast that is the real winner here, featuring dishes like poached egg on tapioca and potato hash and vegan tofu scramble, all accompanied by breads, bagels and croissants made at the in-house bakery. The prices are great value for money and the experience is like no other in Dubai.

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Laluz Dubai
Dubai's most favored Spanish eatery boasts a kitchen helmed by three Michelin-starred restaurant elBulli alumni chef Alain Devahive, and is one of the more exciting restaurants to hit the city's fine-dining scene this year. A Barcelona native, he’s also worked at a number of other Michelin-starred eateries across Spain and France; expect great things from this man! The menu is a gourmet combination of Mediterranean and Catalonian cuisines created by an all-star culinary cast. The view of the open kitchen lets you witness the culinary team in action as they churn out the gastronomic dishes one after another! Their four course business lunch menu offers a selection of dishes from croquettes to catch of the day and is priced at a very reasonable AED130, available Sunday to Thursday from 12.30pm-3.30pm.

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Cocktail Kitchen
This refreshing interpretation of the usual bar scene in Dubai boasts a mixture of Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese cuisines. The food menu incorporates a selection of starters like Juniper Cured Salmon and the Fig & Blue Cheese Bruschetta, while the mains features a good variety of seafood, pasta and meats, including dishes like the Josper Seafood Platter and Arrosticini D’Abruzzo. The decor at Cocktail Kitchen is chic and unfussy while the overall ambiance is light and airy. Clean lines dominate the décor and the restaurant still has a softness that makes it feel inclusive and personal. There is also an intimate bar in the corner, ideal for small gatherings. But don't be fooled into thinking it's just about post-work drinks; Cocktail Kitchen offers one of the best deals around: a starter, main, a beverage and coffee or tea for just AED100, available Sunday to Thursday from 12 to 4pm.

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Gaucho Dubai
Gaucho knows Argentinian food, and they deliver where it matters most. The space is stylish and contemporary, the staff are extremely well-informed and the kitchen produces some of the most renowned steaks in the Emirates! A range of succulent premium meat cuts are available, including perfectly executed steak, ribs, empanadas and ceviches. The dessert menu also deserves a mention, featuring a Salted Dulce de Leche and Hazelnut Cheesecake that combines coconut Italian meringue, salted dulce, milk chocolate ganache and marbled chocolate shard. Head down for their multi course lunch deals for less than the usual price; mains include rump steak, pizza, baked avocado and more, all priced at AED120 for two courses, or AED150 for three courses, available Sunday to Thursday from 12 to 3pm.

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The Maine Oyster Bar
The Maine Oyster Grill and Bar
Montreal gastropreneur Joey Ghazal and Head Chef Liam Breen have brought North American fine-dining to Dubai with The Maine Oyster Grill and Bar. There's plenty of gastronomic items on their menu, including a range of plump and delicious oysters, crunchy fish tacos and whole crispy skinned sea bass, but our personal favorite is the chargrilled octopus in puttanesca sauce. It's a medley of tastes and textures, combining tenderness with a smokey flavor and making it a real seafood triumph. Drizzled with a herb-infused butter, dotted with capers and sweet cherry tomatoes, this dish is pretty close to culinary perfection. The post-industrial design aesthetic with a laid-back New England feel is artistically displayed by the black and white tiled flooring, marble table tops, delicate mother-of-pearl chandeliers, and a relaxed outdoor terrace where guests can enjoy chilled background tunes. The Maine's prix fixe lunch menu features some of their best dishes at prices prices, such as clam chowder, steak frites and sea bass fillet, all for just AED99.

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