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Eat at Expo on a budget

by Out and About Mag.

Savour the flavour whilst saving the dirhams on your next visit to Expo 2020 with this selection of cheap eats. 

Expo 2020 may be a festival of culture, but it's also a festival of the best flavours from around the world. Here are our top wallet-friendly dishes to try on your next visit so you can taste your way around the world without breaking the bank.

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Marrybrown

Serving the ultimate fried chicken from the shores of Malaysia, Marrybrown will get you clucking for more but not spending more. Try the Malaysian delight Nasi Lemak Combo or the Hotouch Chicken Fillet Burger Combo, with a drink and a side of fries for only 30 AED. 

Must-Try: chicken popcorn, AED 12, chicken sandwich AED 12, combos AED 22

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday: 10:00 - 22:00 Thursday-Friday: 10:00 - 22:00

Location: Malaysia Pavilion, Mobility District

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Melbourne Lane

Inspired by the coffee shops of Australia, Melbourne Lane offers a selection of health-kick lattes, an indulgent Milo-Tim Tam Freak Shake, and many more Aussie delicacies. Try one of the famous Aussie Jaffle Toasties to make your taste buds go crikey!

Must-Try: Jaffle Toasties Cheesy Melt, Vegemite & Cheese, AED 15

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday: 10:00 - 23:00 Thursday-Friday: 10:00 - 23:00

Location: Australia Pavilion, Mobility District

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Bread Ahead

Sugar and spice and all things nice. For the ones that prefer the simple flavours, try the vanilla or the classic jam (23 AED). For the more daring palettes, we recommend the Blackcurrant Cheesecake or the Pistachio (23 AED). Dough-nut worry if you don't have a sweet tooth, delicious sourdough pizza is on the menu, too, starting from AED 41 per pizza slice. 

Must-Try: Doughnuts, AED 23

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday: 10:00 - 23:00 Thursday-Friday: 10:00 - 00:00

Location: Mobility District

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ADRIFT Burger Bar 

Named the perfect burger by a leading New York newspaper, Michelin-starred chef David Myers' epic burger recipe has travelled from LA to Dubai so you can get a taste of California. 

Must try: 1940s classic and DM burger, AED 45

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday 10 am-midnight Opening Thursday-Friday 10 am-1 am

 Location: Mobility District 

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Jailbird

Home of the Chicken Melt Sando, a favourite amongst Dubai residents. Nashville spiced tenders, JB mayo, overflowing with a cheesy fondue centre & buttery brioche bread. Being Jailbird's most photographed invention, you've probably seen this masterpiece all over social media. There are no surprises then that over 2,000 of these beauties fly out of Jailbird kitchens every week.

Must-Try: Chicken Sando Melt, AED 44

Location: Opportunity District

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Dampa Seafood Grill

Famed in the Philippines but now a firm favourite in Dubai, this is one for seafood lovers. Get down and dirty using your fingers without digging into your wallet too much as they dump the freshest catch in front of you.

Must-Try: Chicken Jsaw, AED 20. Cajun shrimp, AED 42, Gangstah Lobstah, AED 47

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday: 10:00 - 22:00 Thursday-Friday: 10:00 - 23:30

Location: Mobility District

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Al Farwania

Discover a Dubai local gem and one of the oldest Indian cafeterias in town. Try the authentic Chips Oman paratha and wash it down with one of the signature karaks – we recommend the saffron.

Must-Try: Meals with Fish Curry, AED 9. Signature Mutton Briyani, AED 14. Butter Chicken, AED 13

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday: 10:00 - 23:30 Thursday-Friday: 10:00 - 00:00

Location: Sustainability District

 

Alkebulan The African Dining Hall

The world's first African dining hall has opened at Expo 2020, and it is a must-visit for all. Celebrating the world's largest hidden gem, explore ten (10) counters from top African chefs. Chicken Coop by chef Alexander Smalls is unreal and Tasty Goat by famed chef Kiran Jethwa is getting rave reviews. They've even opened a hot dog stand in Al Forsan Park, so you can get an African twist on a favourite for just AED 25. 

Must try: Ugali Taco of slow-cooked goat, AED 30

 Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday 10 am-12 am, Thursday-Friday 10 am-1 am. 

Location: Jubilee Park 

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Al Reef Lebanese Bakery

Baking you to food heaven with a delicious selection of baked goods, complemented with a range of Arabic and Mediterranean salads, sandwiches, and wraps. Most of the sweet and savoury baked goods fall under 10 AED.

Must-Try: Cajun Chicken Wrap, AED 14. Zaatar Manakish, AED 14. Tiramisu, AED 12. Halloumi Cheese Wrap, AED 18

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday: 10:00 - 00:00 Thursday-Friday: 10:00 - 01:00

Location: Opportunity District

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ALBAIK

Giving everyone a fried food frenzy since its arrival in the UAE - the Saudi brand is famed for its iconic garlic sauce. We recommend the Falafel (5.50 AED) for vegetarians, the spicy Chicken Nuggets Meal (18 AED) & the most popular option, the Value Shrimp Meal (27 AED for 10 pieces). 

Must-Try: Chicken Fillet Sandwich, AED 6.50

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday: 10:00 - 00:00 Thursday-Friday: 10:00 - 01:00

Location: Opportunity District

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Floozie Cookies

Floozie Cookies offers its signature' stuffed cookies' in five delicious vegan flavours and a seasonally changing sixth option. Get 1 delicious stuffed cookie for just 16 AED, 3 for 45 AED or get a cookie and one of the delicious Ice Cremè Drinks for only 32 AED. 

Must-Try: Stuffed Cookie, AED 16

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday: 10:00 - 22:30 Thursday-Friday: 10:00 - 01:00

Location: Sustainability District and Al Forsan Park

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Grains & Greens

Natural, revitalising, energy-giving food, Grains & Greens offers great value and prices. Indulge in one of their pre-made salads such as the Beef Salad or Vegan Salad for only 45 AED, or bring out your inner artist at the Salad Bar where you can create your own masterpiece starting from 30 AED. 

Must-Try: Make your own salad AED 30

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday: 10:00 - 22:00 Thursday-Friday: 10:00 - 00:00

Location: Mobility District

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Maraheb Restaurant

Maraheb is serving traditional Yemeni cuisine full of rich flavours and tantalising spices; they offer a list of traditional meals with unparalleled quality and distinctive taste. Start with the Fried Kibbeh (24 AED for 4 pieces) with the Half Mandi Chicken (39 AED) full of spices to truly show you what Yemeni cuisine has to offer.

Must-Try: Half Mandi Chicken Meal AED 39

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday: 10:00 - 01:00 Thursday-Friday: 10:00 - 01:00

Location: Opportunity District

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Saddle Café

This homegrown concept has galloped its flavours all the way to Expo 2020. Their menu boasts some of the best quality speciality coffees complemented by delicious treats. Try one of their homemade blend crepes with Chocolate and Pistachio (36 AED), devour one of their Saddle La Brioche (38 AED), or sample some of the tastiest açaís in town (38 AED). 

Must-Try: Chocolate Crepe, AED 26

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday: 10:00 - 01:00 Thursday-Friday: 10:00 - 01:00

Location: Al Wasl

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Alif Café by Farm2Table

As a born-at-Expo concept, Alif Café showcases the incredible range and quality that the UAE has to offer, with ingredients from their local farm. Immerse yourself in spices and flavours from East to West with their meal combo for AED 45. 

Must try: Rose and pistachio soft serve, AED 15 

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday 10 am-10 pm 

Location: Mobility District

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The Viking Café

Devour an array of delectable Danish delights at The Viking Café. The café offers sweet pastries, ice cream, and tea which pay homage to the Nordic region. Breakfast is served all day with a selection of Danish Puff pastries starting from 15 AED. The café will captivate your taste buds with its many flavours of ice cream, get one scoop in a cone for only 20 AED. 

Must-Try: Cinnamon Swirl, AED 15

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday: 10:00 - 22:00 Thursday-Friday: 10:00 - 22:00

Location: Denmark Pavilion, Mobility District

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Deli2Go

Great tasting food to enjoy on the move. Whether it's a Latte (16 AED), Ham & Cheese Bagel (30 AED), or Avocado and Paneer Bowl (35 AED) Deli2Go will have you prepped, packed, and ready-to-go, so you can spend less time wandering around looking for a filling snack and more time exploring Expo 2020.

Must-Try: Arabic Lentil Soup, AED 15

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday: 10:00 - 22:00 Thursday-Friday: 10:00 - 00:00

Location: Sustainability District

 

Chicken Tikka Inn

The legendary Chicken Tikka Inn is famed for its chicken as well as its succulent botis and kebabs. The restaurant offers quality food, with exceptional taste and prices. Try their renowned Chicken Tikka dish (17 AED) Mutton Tikka (33 AED) with a Butter Tandori Naan (5 AED) for an Indian feast to power you around Expo 2020.

Must-Try: Chicken Tikka Signature Grill, AED 17

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday: 10:00 - 00:00 Thursday-Friday: 10:00 - 00:00

Location: Sustainability District

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Salties Beach Bar & Grill

Make your experience at Expo 2020 Dubai unique by visiting Salties Beach Bar. Characterised by unique cuisine, live music and an incredible selection of grape and signature cocktails, the Caribbean atmosphere will make you feel like you're in a tropical world. Enjoy bottles of house grape for only AED 60, alongside a selection of shisha flavours. 

Must-Try: Three Mushrooms Tagliatelle, AED 30. Bottle of grape AED 60

Opening times: Saturday-Wednesday: 10:00-01:00; Thursday-Friday: 10:00 – 01:00

Location: Opportunity District 

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Farrago Express

An all-day international dining buffet for AED 65. Take a trip to culinary excellence from around the world 

Farrago Express, where a medley of exciting flavours and experiences await. Bring your friends along and enjoy the full bar or visit the dedicated Culinary Pod Experience, showcasing the best culinary curations from participating countries.

Opening times: All day 11:00 to 22:00

Location: Sustainability District

 

WOFL

Dangerously delicious waffles. Just outside the Norwegian Pavilion, WOFL food truck serves up a selection of fresh creative, savoury and sweet waffle sandwiches.

Must-Try: New York Deli Waffle, Banana & Nutella, AED 35

Location: Opportunity District

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Mama'esh

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Discover authentic Palestinian street food serving freshly oven-baked goods, including manakesh, fatayer and the famous nabulsi kunafa roll (AED 20, get there before it sells out). 

Must try: Akkawi cheese manakesh, AED 15 

Opening times: Saturday-Friday 10.30 am-10 pm, Thursday-Friday 10.30 am-midnight

 Location: Palestine Pavilion, Opportunity District 

You will find a Food Truck Park at every district, each serving delicious grab-and-go fare, from This is Hot Dog (AED 25), Lebanese snacks, pizza to ice cream and trucks from The Matar Farm and M.A.K.E by plant-based chef Matthew Kenney to name a few. Ideal for a quick pit stop to refuel with friends and family, these casual venues have plenty of seating you really can't afford to miss. 

 

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