Being a Pakistani, tempting food is always the first choice. Even if you’re living abroad and have lots of cuisines to choose from, one can’t forget the flavors of ‘desi’ Pakistani food.

Whether you’re craving for nihari, biryani, chapli kabab or haleem, there are lots of restaurants in the city to fulfill your longings. If you’re in Dubai, be sure to check out the following:

Bar B.Q. Tonight

If you really want to taste lip-smacking kababs, then Bar B.Q. Tonight is the right place for you. Located in the middle of Satwa, this place is known for its succulent Behari Kababs, appropriately-spiced Chapli Kababs and renowned Chicken Biryani.

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If you’re a meat lover, you can enjoy their delicious platter of various kababs. The buffet at Bar B.Q. Tonight has a range of items to whet your appetite, and is great value for money as well.

Lal Qila

Located at Jumeriah 1, Lal Qila is known for traditional Pakistani cuisine in a stunning ‘Mughlai’ setting. If you want to be treated like royalty, make sure to make a reservation in time.

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Aromatic Mughlai Chicken Curry, tender Roasted Lamb Leg and mouthwatering Haleem authenticate Lal Qila’s Mughlai princely ambiance. If you have a sweet tooth, then do not leave here without trying their Gulab Jaman, Shahi Tukrday and Sheer Khurma.

Al Ibrahimi Palace

Dubai’s Al Karama is akin to Lahore’s Food Street; once you enter, you can’t leave without dining out. For the times you crave a terrific buffet, look no further than Al Ibrahimi Palace. It’s perfect for families and offers a wide range of delicacies including Shahi Haleem, Daal Tarka, Chicken Tikka, Mutton Karahi and Chapel Kabab.Al Ibrahim 1

Student Biryani

Sometimes you just want something spicy! At times like these, the word ‘biryani’ is enough to get your mouth watery. Student Biryani in Dubai is not very old, but has captured a huge market owing to it’s authentic taste.

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Be it Chicken Biryani, Mutton Biryani or simple Vegetable Biryani, all tastes are catered to here. Once you’re here, you can easily end up finishing your savory dinner with their sweet Firni or Kheer. Student Biryani is located at two spots; Al Nahda and Al Karama.

Ravi Resturant

Light on the wallet and always booked-out, Ravi Restaurant is frequented by not only Pakistanis, but people from various nationalities. It has a very simple interior, and you often find yourself standing in queue to get a table, especially on weekends. Few eateries in Dubai can beat the taste of their scrumptious Haleem, Nihari and Daal Makhni. There are multiple locations to choose from, including Al Karama and Satwa.

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So if you’re in Dubai for a vacation, or have recently relocated and are craving some Pakistani cuisine, these are the places you should head out to. My advice would be to explore Dubai and let us know if you find a place you feel deserves special mention.