Top 10 best UAE-based Pakistani restaurants

Enjoy Pakistani cuisine? Our resident foodie from Pakistan shares his picks for the best eateries in Dubai. We wanted to share our top 13 eateries where Pakistani ex-pats can have some delectable remembrances of home in honor of the 71st anniversary of Pakistan’s independence. Why not take the family out and get something to eat? Here is our guide to Pakistani restaurants this week.

B&B Cricket Bar

You need to look no further than B&B if you enjoy Nihari and mouth-melting meat. The greatest Nihari in Dubai is reportedly served at BnB Cricket Bar, which is close to Lamcy Plaza and more recently in Motor City. In addition, they offer excellent Halwa Puri, which is a favorite “weekend brunch” back home.

Address : Sultan Business Centre 4th Street, Near Lamcy Plaza – Oud Metha – Dubai

Average Cost : For two person is 100 Dh

Timings : 8:00 am to 12.00 am daily

Phone : 04 334 4498

Rating : 4.2 (1678 reviews)

Bar B Q Tonight

Readers of Gulf News have given Bar B Q high praise and asked that it be added to the list. This Pakistani restaurant offers an open buffet format and features a wide variety of foods. No matter which dish you choose—Shami kebab, Reshmi kebab, Malai tikka, or fried fish—it will be of excellent quality and delightful flavor. Its chicken biryani is also well-regarded. Their assistance is friendly and helpful. Don’t forget to finish your meal with some of their Shahi halwa, which is reportedly sugar-free so even people with diabetes can enjoy the dish.

Address : 2nd December Street, Al Hudaiba

Average Cost : For one person is 100 Dh

Timings : 12.30 pm to 12.30 am daily

Phone : 04 342 5272

Rating : 4.2 (2253 reviews)

The Kebab Shop

I adore the Kebab Shop because of their amazing Kebab Masala, which is nestled away in the menu’s section for signature curries and is available in four different districts of Dubai. The Kebab Masala is a thick dish that tastes best when served with warm tandoori rotis and raita and is created with juicy seek kababs (kebabs of minced meat that have been barbecued).

Addresses :Sports City, Silicon Oasis, Media City, and Discovery Gardens

Average Cost : For two people is Dh 75

Timings : 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Phone : 04 551 9392

Rating : 4.0 (150 reviews)

Nayaab Handi

With these guys, I’m not sure where to start or where to stop. I struggle to decide what to have because their menu has so many fantastic selections. Fortunately, they provide a buffet, which I almost always choose because it’s better to have a little bit of everything wonderful than a lot of one good dish!

Don’t even consider going there if you want to lose weight. The buffet includes a variety of BBQed meats, curries, seafood, and even Chinese cuisine. The large BBQ grill that is placed on your table as part of their buffet is the finest part since it allows you to enjoy scorching hot food without getting up.

Address : Shop no 1, Al Barsha First Trio Building

Average Cost : Dh 74 per person

Timings : 12:00 pm to 12:00 am

Phone : 04 351 3333

Rating : 4.3 (812 reviews)


At Spitzer, a variety of Pakistani dishes are offered, including bun kababs, curries, and BBQ. However, the Kebab rolls are what made this restaurant appear on the list. The fast food wraps of India are kebab rolls, which come in a variety of chicken and mutton flavors. If you’re trying to maintain your fitness, they also offer these rolls in chapati rather than a deep-fried paratha. Never forget to ask for additional chutney to give those rolls that extra kick!

Address : Shop no 1, Al Barsha First Trio Building

Average Cost : For two people is Dh 70

Timings : 11:00 am to 11:45 pm

Phone : 04 323 6701

Rating : 4.2 (685 reviews)

Pak Lyari – Meena Bazaar

Without Biryani, what use is a list of Pakistani eateries? The Pak Lyari’s Mutton biryani is the undisputed champion in my book among the various establishments that have made claims to serve the best biryani in the UAE. With just one bite of their mutton biryani, Pak Lyari, a hidden gem in Meena Bazaar, transports you to your native country. If you don’t like mutton, they also have excellent chicken Biryani. Naturally, a meal wouldn’t be complete without dessert; Zafrani Kheer.

Address : Bur Dubai

Average Cost : For two people is Dh 50

Timings : 11:00 am to 1:00 am

Phone : 04 221 6970

Rating : 4.2 (3781 reviews)


Although a majority of their food is Afghani, I don’t let geography stand in the way of delicious food. Waka, which is in Barsha and more recently Al Nahda Dubai, is where I go to get Chapli Kababs. I would strongly recommend their chops, Afghani Pulao, and Shinwari Karahi in addition to Chapli Kebabs.

The only drawbacks are the long lines outside the restaurant on weekends and the length of time it takes for the meal to arrive at your table. But since all of their foods are freshly prepared, perhaps that isn’t such a drawback after all.

Address : Al Barsha

Average Cost : For two people is Dh 140

Timings : 12:00 pm to 12:00 am

Phone : 04 347 0788

Rating : 4.4 (2250 reviews)

Student Biryani

This restaurant’s unusual moniker is a result of its interesting past. Student Biryani was the name of a modest roadside eatery that sold biryani to students. Since then, the shop has made significant progress by expanding its menu. I adore this eatery for its Haleem, Shami Kebabs, and scorching hot tandoori roti even though their biryani is a strong candidate for one of the greatest.

Address : Kuwait St – Al Karama – Dubai

Average Cost : For two people is Dh 70

Timings : 11:00 am to 12:00 am

Phone : 04 336 9992

Rating : 4.0 (1240 reviews)

Hot n Spicy

There is a wide selection of kebabs at Hot n’ Spicy, including the delicious chicken malai boti. A sure thing to give this week. For more information click here

Address : Nashwan Building – Dubai Mankhool Road 120 – Dubai

Average Cost : For two people is Dh 50

Timings : Weekdays 11 am to 1.00 am, Weekends 9 am to 12 pm and 1.00 pm to 1.00 am

Phone : 800 467467

Rating : 4.4 (46 reviews)

Lal Qila

In a classic buffet atmosphere, this upmarket Mughlai-themed restaurant offers delicious Pakistani cuisine. The Mughlai, tandoori, and an incredible live barbecue station that serves delicious traditional Indo-Pakistani cuisine are some of the delicacies that stand out.

Address : Jumeirah 1, 2nd December St, Next To Diyafa St, Opp. UAE Flag – Dubai – Dubai

Average Cost : For two people is Dh 100

Timings : Daily from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm, 9.30 pm to 12 am

Phone : 600 520009

Rating : 4.2 (4624 reviews)

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