• LOCATION 19 | On the road to Etihad: From street art to sweet treats

    Chips Oman at Al Mallah

    This is Al Mallah. Actually, these are both Al Mallah – because there are two restaurants of the same name side by side here. The original Al Mallah Restaurant is the bigger space on the corner with the green and yellow signs. It was established in 1984.

    Stop here for a minute.

    On busy nights, you can smell the aroma of grilled meat wafting along the street here, while the cafeteria lays claim to the sidewalk with its plastic chairs. Come back later and grab a seat if you like. Order yourself one of the famous chicken shawarmas when you do. That’s thin slices of chicken wrapped in Arabic flatbread with vegetables and tahini, or sesame sauce. For a vegetarian alternative, go for their falafel, a deep-fried patty made of chickpeas and fava beans.

    You may have seen these dishes in other countries, especially if you’ve travelled elsewhere in the Middle East. They’re actually from the Levant, but because people have been coming to the UAE from countries like Lebanon, Syria and Palestine since the 1970s, these dishes have become a local staple. They’ve even been adapted slightly over the years, and lots of places in Dubai will fill your shawarmas with French fries as well as everything else. Trust me, it’s delicious.

    That’s just one example of how Dubai’s expat population brings unique flavours to the city. The Chips Oman sandwich is another. It’s one of Dubai’s best loved street foods – and as far as I know, you’ll only find it here in Dubai.

    You can expect a hot, flaky Indian paratha flatbread, soft cheese and crumpled up Chips Oman – the popular regional hot chips. It may sound unusual, but for anybody brought up in Dubai, it’s classic comfort food that brings back warm memories.

    Okay, let's continue walking now. Turn so that you have Al Mallah on your right, and carry on down 2nd of December Street.

On the road to Etihad: From street art to sweet treats