- Operation Falafel
- Manoushe Street
- Ka’ak Al Manara
- Al Humsani Restaurant
- Kris Kros Lebanon
- The Hummus House
- Karam Beirut
- Aroos Damascus
Full of complex flavours and crunchy deliciousness, falafel is a popular snack that exemplifies street food in the Middle East. It’s comparatively healthy and it can be eaten on the go. The deep-fried chickpea-based dish has been a staple of Arabic cuisine for hundreds of years and is also a popular item on Middle Eastern menus in the UAE, especially the emirate of Dubai which has several eateries that offer the crispy treat. Which are the best falafel restaurants in Dubai? Let’s find out.
Operation Falafel, Dubai
This restaurant’s menu won’t disappoint discerning foodies. Located in Downtown Dubai, Operation Falafel is a go-to place for those who love to try the dish as it is served best.
Also considered one of the top street food places in Dubai, Operation Falafel adopts a modern take on authentic Arabic street food. One of the most well-reviewed dishes on their menu is the Classic Falafel, served with a side of tartar sauce. Of course, if you prefer something more interesting, Operation Falafel has this covered too, with more sumptuous options including a Stuffed Falafel filled with onions, sesame seeds, shatta and pine nuts.
The best part? Operation Falafel has several branches in the emirate including JBR, The Outlet Village and MBR Boulevard. So, if you are looking for the best falafel in Dubai, you will easily find one of their branches near you.
- Average price for two: AED 130
- Location: The Beach JBR, near Sofitel Hotel – The Walk | Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown
- Contact: +971-4-424-3098 | +971-4-557-8020
Another place where you can find the best falafel in Dubai is Manoushe Street. The Lebanese restaurant’s Baked Green Falafel is a hit with patrons. The dish is served as a wrap and is perfect for when you need a quick bite to eat in the middle of a busy schedule. Manoushe Street is also one of the best shawarma places in Dubai, so make sure you try their signature item too.
Manoushe Street has several branches in Dubai including Barsha Heights, Dubai Investment Park, Downtown Dubai, Al Barsha Mall, Jumeirah Beach Residence and others.
- Average price for two: AED 105
- Location: Dubai Investment Park | Downtown Dubai
- Contact: 600-566667
With a name that translates to “small alley,” Zaroob is next on our list. Apart from traditional Levant cuisine like manakeesh and Fatteh, the place has a separate menu for falafel. Want to try something besides the classic, crispy fried falafel? Go for a juicy Stuffed Falafel or the wholesome Falafel Sandwich. Served with a choice of bread, this is a culinary experience you won’t want to miss.
In addition to the locations mentioned below, Zaroob has a branch in Uptown Mirdiff and Ibn Battuta Mall. So, if you are in the mood for some falafel in Dubai, you know where to go.
- Average price for two: AED 155
- Location: Trade Centre Area | The Radisson Blu Residence, Dubai Marina
- Contact: +971-4-327-6060 | 800-927-662
Ka’ak Al Manara
Ka’ak Al Manara is a hotspot for tasty Lebanese treats. The restaurant’s unique Toasted Falafel sandwich is filled with delicious ingredients like tahini, tomatoes, pickles and pickled turnips; so you get an explosion of flavour with every bite.
- Average price for two: AED 130
- Locations: Dubai Media City, Quick Bites | Business Bay, Ground floor, Bay Gate Tower
- Contact: 800-522-2563 | +971-4-258-2003
There are not a lot of falafel restaurants in Dubai that sell the dish exclusively. However, it is a signature item in most of the city’s Arabic and Lebanese eateries — with some of them coming up with their own take on the food. If you had to choose one that specialises in the dish’s seafood version, Flooka is the place to head to. Their Fish Falafel is made with fresh Hamour. Served on a traditional mezze board, the dish is wrapped in sesame seeds and seasoned with herbs and spices.
Flooka is considered one of many top seafood restaurants in Dubai. So, the fact that they offer a seafood falafel on the menu isn’t surprising.
- Average price for two: AED 300
- Location: Jumeirah 1, Dubai Marina Beach Resort and Spa
- Contact: +971-4-346-1111
Al Humsani Restaurant
The Al Humsani Restaurant markets itself as a “bridge from Dubai Silicon Oasis” to old school Levantine street food. Their menu features a mix of classic Lebanese and Arabic cuisine. So, you can bet falafel will be a part of their menu. Some of the popular dishes that incorporate the dish include their Falafel Sandwich, made from “freshly fried” falafel served in Arabic bread. For the best experience, the “Foul, Falafel and Mix Fired Sandwich” is a must-try.
- Average price for two: AED 55
- Location: Cartel 2 Tower, Shop 2, ground floor, Dubai Silicon Oasis
- Contact: +971-4-526-9193
Kris Kros Lebanon
This place serves up a mean Falafel Salad. And if you would rather dine on something more filling, try the Mezze Mix; a platter of falafel, moutabal and hummus. Not a bad meal for AED 35. You can try these and more at the Kris Kris Lebanon branches in Nakheel Mall and the ones mentioned below.
- Average price for two: AED 200
- Location: Quick Bites, Trade Centre Area | Oracle Building, ground level, Dubai Knowledge Park |City Centre Me’aisem, IMPZ
- Contact: 600-505-5058 | +971-4-431-0213 | +971-56-188-0045
The Hummus House
This place serves almost every hummus variety you can think of — which also goes perfectly with the three types of falafel on the menu. Falafel items here include the traditional crispy chickpea balls, stuffed falafel and the same served with cheese. Prices depend on the number of pieces ordered. Diners can also go for the classic Falafel Sandwich, served with pickles and wrapped in Arabic bread.
- Average price for two: AED 85
- Location: JLT Cluster Y
- Contact: +971-52-877-5594
Looking for falafel in Dubai Mall? Head to Karam Beirut the next time you head to the famed shopping hub. The in-mall restaurant has a classy interior with some of the best Lebanese street food on the menu. If you are looking for a quick snack, the Falafel platter is a good option. Apart from The Dubai Mall, you can also try the dish at the Mall of the Emirates where the eatery has another branch.
- Average price for two: AED 80
- Location: Emirates Hills, Jumeirah Isla Pavilion | The Dubai Mall, lower ground level | City Centre Mirdif
- Contact: +971-50-848-2595 | +971-4-339-9789 | +971-4-536-0978
With a Falafel Sandwich priced as low as AED 4, this is one of the cheapest falafel restaurants in Dubai. You can always accompany your order with other items from the restaurant’s menu, like the Shawarma Platter. Considering that Aroose Damascus also happens to be one of the best Arabic restaurants in Dubai, you won’t be disappointed.
- Average price for two: AED 100
- Location: Deira, Al Muraqubat
- Contact: +971-4-227-2780
That’s a wrap of our picks for the best falafel restaurants in Dubai. Want a more wholesome dining experience? Visit any of our picks for the best Lebanese restaurants in Dubai.
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