Dubai - Burj Al Arab - Helicopter View - photo by Sam valadi under CC BY 2.0
Dubai - Burj Al Arab - Helicopter View - photo by Sam valadi under CC BY 2.0

DUBAI: ALL OF THE RESTAURANTS PICKED BY ANTHONY BOURDAIN ON NO RESERVATIONS

When Anthony Bourdain visited Dubai on his show No Reservations Season 6 Episode 19 (originally aired August 9, 2010), he and his crew picked many restaurants. Here are all the addresses and the dishes showcased on Anthony Bourdain Dubai, all in a convenient list. It can be a good idea to sample these dishes while you go through your Dubai travel itinerary.

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DISH – Mutton Achar

WHAT IS IT?

Mutton achar is a traditional Pakistani recipe that resembles a typical curry dish. It is made through stewing spicy, pickled mutton in curry sauce. It is often served with naan and abgooshth (lentils soup).

WHERE IS IT?

Ravi Restaurant
Opp. Union Co-operative Society – Al Dhiyafa
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain Dubai

Ravi is a popular restaurant that serves traditional Indian and Pakistani dishes. It is known for its mutton achar (mutton curry) and chicken tikka.

DISH – Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows

WHAT IS IT?

Drinking hot cocoa with marshmallows is a popular way of warming up during cold weather. People often add a dollop of whipped cream to jazz up this comfort beverage.

WHERE IS IT?

Avalanche Cafe
Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain Dubai

Avalanche Café is part of Ski Dubai, an indoor ski resort at the Mall of the Emirates.

DISH – Coconut Seafood Curry

WHAT IS IT?

Adding coconut milk to seafood curry makes the dish creamier. It also makes the curry flavor less overwhelming. This enables diners to enjoy the fresh flavors of seafood along with the sweet, spicy and savory hints of curry.

WHERE IS IT?

Bu Qtair Restaurant
Old 32B Street, Fishing Harbour 2
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain Dubai

Bu Qtair Cafeteria is known for its fresh fish and other seafood. It serves whatever is the catch of the day. Here, Anthony Bourdain sampled their deep-fried grouper and prawns in coconut curry sauce. He had traditional paratha bread along with the coconut seafood curry.

DISH – Modern European Cuisine

WHAT IS IT?

Modern European Cuisine is marked by a more laidback attitude towards the selection and preparation of ingredients. It is less specific with the choice of ingredients and cooking methods used. Quail and mushroom pithivier with confit and celeriac remoulade is an example of this movement. Blanquette de veau with palm puree and shallot cream sauce is another example.

WHERE IS IT?

Verre
Hilton Dubai Creek, Baniyas Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain Dubai

Verre by Gordon Ramsay served modern European dishes. It closed its doors in 2011. The famous English chef has since opened an English pub at Palm Jumeirah.

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DISH – Aishu Lahem – Anthony Bourdain Dubai

WHAT IS IT?

Aishu lahem is a traditional Emirati dish that features saffron rice and lamb. It is flavored with crushed cardamom seeds, cinnamon, bay leaves, garlic, cumin, pepper and ginger. All the ingredients are steamed until the lamb becomes very tender. It is often served with mint yoghurt sauce.

WHERE IS IT?

Bait Al Mandi
Opposite J5 Rimal – Al Muraqqabat Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

NOTES – Anthony Bourdain Dubai

Bait Al Mandi, which translates to House of Mandi, is well-known in Dubai for its traditional Emirati dishes. If you find a Dubai travel guide recommending that you sample traditional Emirati cuisine, it would be a good idea to stop by Bait Al Mandi.