The UAE is a melting pot of cultures with an abundance of culinary gems offering tastes and flavours from across the continent. From satisfying Ethiopian berbere-infused stews and Moroccan tagines, to finger-licking pap and chakalaka and aromatic Malay-spiced curries – here’s your itinerary to Dubai’s best African restaurants!
Our top must-visit African restaurants…
Location: Mall of the Emirates & The Dubai Mall
Tribes always feels festive. Bringing together the key ingredients of dishes from various African cuisine, Tribes is a sort of melting pot for the flavours of our continent, presented with finesse and the distinct signature. If you are South African and craving a taste of home then you’d be advised to give Tribes a visit and indulge in some pap, oxtail, malva pudding and “meltert” just like mom would make it.
Situated in the Dubai International Financial Centre, Kiza is the first authentic pan-African restaurant in Dubai. It promises to take you on a journey of Africa with an eclectic menu ranging from South Africa’s Boerwors to a Kenyan Nyama Choma – if it’s a feast that you are looking for, then it is a feast that you will get. It brings to the fore, the best African style hospitality and the warmth of the African people.
Location: Club Vista Mare
This Ethiopian restaurant on the Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, is currently the talk of the town. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and to use your hands, as it may be the best way to enjoy the authentic Ethiopian experience. Similarly to how it’s done in many parts of the African continent, the food is served on a common plate for everyone at the table to share.
Location: Dubai Sports City
This sociable, casual bar and grill overlooks one of the finest golf courses in Dubai, adding a serene view to your dining experience. Inspired by the lifestyle of professional golfer Ernie Els, the South African eatery is the ideal location to enjoy an unpretentious evening with your friends and loved ones.
Location: Various, including The Walk & Mall of the Emirates
Sometimes all one needs is a big chunk of meat to make everything better. The Butcher Shop ticks all the boxes on the list for us. Mouthwatering, check. Good-sized portions, check. Succulent and tender, check. Great tomato-based gravy with your bread as a starter, check. Not forgetting the well-cooked pap (and that’s a hard one to get right), check.
Location: Souk Qaryat Al Beri
The restaurant’s name is a clear indicator of what the kitchen specialises in; yes, this is a carnivore’s heaven. From lamb skewers to gourmet burgers, Angus and Wagyu steaks to butterflied chicken, The Meat Co. has you sorted. Originally a South African brand, the Meat Co’s innovative design and striking decor reflects an eclectic combination of colour, giving diners a full warm African experience.
Location: Various, including Yas Mall & Al Wahda Mall
Dishing up the very best tasting flame grilled chicken using their own secret marinade made from all natural ingredients infused with select herbs and spices, Galito’s is simply perfection. The best bit? It’s flame grilled and served to order, making it the healthiest, tastiest flame grilled chicken in town.
Which one of the African restaurants will you visit first? It may be hard to decide. If like us, you’re always up for exploring new cuisines, you can also follow our guide of the best Middle Eastern restaurants out here. Happy weekend!