Whether you’re looking for a post-clubbing saviour or fancy a midnight munch in your PJs, here’s six Middle Eastern takeaways serving delicious Arabic food.
1. Craving: Falafel
Who can resist these deep-fried balls of chickpea goodness? SHAMI Gourmet is a popular spot among Marina residents, boasting a menu that’s packed with Lebanese favourites.
Open until: 3am during the week and 4am on weekends
Price: Around AED 12 for a Za’atar and Cheese Manakeesh
Location: Multiple branches but we’re fans of Dubai Marina
insydo tip: Stuck for lunch ideas? Why not order one of the Lunchbox Deals that comes with a hot meal of the day, lentil soup, salad and a cold drink.
2. Craving: Kanafeh
Via Instagram | @alreeflebanesebakery
Well known for its Lebanese baked goods, Al Reef Lebanese Bakery is the perfect late-night pit-stop for all things tasty, from Kanafeh and Manakeesh to Fatayer and mini pizzas.
Open until: 24 hours daily
Price: Around AED 17 for a za’atar or labneh sandwich
Location: Multiple locations but we’re loving Jumeirah
insydo tip: This bakery only offers home delivery if the bill is over AED 200. They also offer a small selection of party platters filled with sweet and savoury items if you’re looking to cater an event.
3. Craving: Zaatar Manakeesh
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Wake up and smell the manakeesh! Add a zesty sprinkle of zaatar to your night and enjoy traditional dough-based delicacies from Zaatar w Zeit.
Open until: 24 hours daily (Dubai Marina, TECOM and Sheikh Zayed Road branches only)
Price: Around AED 13 for a Manakeesh
Location: Multiple branches
insydo tip: Nutella lover? Try the chocolate and banana wrap.
4. Craving: Shish Taouk
There’s nothing quite like grabbing a Shish Taouk sandwich while still in your PJs. Offering tasty treats at next-to-nothing prices (literally), Al Mallah will not disappoint.
Open until: 2:30am daily
Price: Around AED 15 for Hummus and AED 7 for a Chicken Shawarma
Location: Multiple locations
insydo tip: If you’re going to the Al Twar branch, there’s no need to get out of your car. Just park across the road from the restaurant, sound your horn and you’ll have a waiter appear at your window within seconds.
5. Craving: Hummus
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Zaroob is a Levant street-style eatery which offers a fresh take on traditional dishes. Boasting some of the tastiest zaatar in the city, indulge in a number of Levantine dishes, from Feteer to Hummus.
Open until: DIFC branch opens 24 hours daily
Price: Around AED 80 for two
Location: Multiple locations but we’re loving Dubai Marina
insydo tip: If you’re yet to try out a traditional Levantine meal, scope out their dishes on the website before heading down.