24 December 2016

Arabian Tea House Restaurant and Café - Bastakiya

(Opposite Musalla Post Office)
Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai
Bastakiya
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Coordinates: 25.263334, 55.299840

Half an hour later we were taken to a place in what we would best describe as ‘old’ Dubai, an area called Bur Dubai.

Ginny and Sern wanted our first breakfast in the UAE to be an authentic Emirati experience, and we were held in wondrous amazement at the sight that we would behold as we stepped foot onto the premises of Arabian Tea House Café.

our first Emirati experience

unassuming facade

belies the wondrous experience within

a gateway to great Emirati dining

As their website proclaims: “Taste of genuine traditional Arabic hospitality; truly recreates the past way of Emirati life.”

simple yet elaborate

along the passageway to the dining area

with tents and all!

greenery everywhere 
elegant and tasteful decor



up in the trees above, a testament to the homeliness

busy kitchen!

an experience not to be missed

Every aspect of Arabian Tea House Restaurant Café has been designed so that it truly recreates the past way of Emirati life. In the village, the old sikkas and pathways are revived echoing the sounds of the children footsteps playing traditional games, the courtyards of the old houses full of robust action and even the aroma of the traditional meals prepared at noon time.

is this some kind of ceremony?

or smoking out the bugs

 Arabian Tea House Café is an oasis of quiet and calm for both tourists and residents of Dubai who use it not only to escape the heat of the day, but also as a meeting place to talk, relax and unwind.

believe it or not but this is meant for one person's consumption

excellent home kneaded bread

goes well with the scrambled eggs in tomato sauce

bears no description, but excellent nonetheless


egg omelet with cheese

lattee surrounded by the wonderful karak chai

never had eggs with olives before

digging in!

Offering a mix of the simple and traditional snacks and beverages snacks of the region as well as modern food and beverages like juices, salads, pastries. The Café will try and promote as much as is possible, organic themed foodstuffs but will not promote itself solely on this basis.

Ginny's latte

we could never get enough of this

excellent to the last drop

my 'money' shot

and then we had the local variant of the waffle

one final parting shot

even the bill came in style

genuine and traditional Arabic

The core concept of Arabian Tea House Café revolves around the rich culture and hospitality of the people of the Arabian Peninsula. Keeping this in mind giving our guests a taste of Genuine traditional Arabic Hospitality will be the core of the selling proposition for guests visiting  Arabian Tea House Cafe.

The four paragraphs above absolutely took the words right out of our mouths, and the accompanying photos pay testament to the fact that Arabian Tea House Café means every word it says. 

This must have been the heartiest most filling breakfast we've ever had. So much so that it took us a good two hours to consume every delightful mouthful of this wondrous feast.

This café is a must-visit if you ever want to experience true and authentic Emirati dining.

the sight that greeted as we stepped out

Al Fahidi Street

a whole new adventure awaits!
Just next to the Arabian Tea House Café we found a wide alleyway that led us to our next adventure!

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