The national cuisine of Dubai can be described as a combination of Syrian and Lebanese cuisines. One of the main features of the local dishes is the food that belongs to the so-called "mezze" category. This food is traditionally taken at the start of a meal. Traditional mezze is a variety of snacks that are usually served on a huge platter. Snacks can be both cold and hot - small pieces of meat and vegetables roasted on an open fire, original salads, savory sauces, different kinds of cheese and traditional dolma - all these famous snacks are different varieties of "mezze".
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Often travelers find it very difficult to save their hunger throughout a feast because the choice of attractive snacks is so big that even a true connoisseur can get lost. Meat delicacies are the most widely spread and popular main dishes. Each restaurant will surely offer its guests to try several kinds of game, which is usually baked on a spit. This method of cooking is the key distinguishing feature of the national cuisine.
Fans of meat food should definitely try Makbus - roast lamb meat with rice, which is flavored with various herbs and spices as it cooks. Haris is a more refined dish. This is gentle lamb stewed with sprouted wheat. Biryani is another original dish. As a rule, in every restaurant it is cooked in accordance with their own unique original recipe. The dish is cooked from rice with small pieces of meat, different sorts of fish and seafood. Because of various combinations of products and spices used while cooking biryani the ready dish can taste completely different.
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The choice of fish dishes is also quite impressive. In local restaurants tourists will find a variety of delicacies and exotic food. In addition to dishes guests will be often brought hot cakes, which are a local substitute for bread. Quite often the cake is baked in outdoor cafes right in front of visitors. Chefs can cook them with a variety of fillings. Cakes are served in home restaurants are especially popular.
Vegetarians will enjoy a rich selection of vegetable dishes that are prepared by chefs in a number of ways. Vegetables are used to cook interesting salads and stews, they are roasted on grill and added to rice. Fruit remain the most common type of desserts are fruit. It is simply impossible to find such a choice of exotic fruits in any other restaurant of the world. When it comes to drinks, Arabic coffee has remained the most popular drink for many years. Making coffee is considered a true ritual. The locals have a very reserved approach to alcohol, even though every restaurant features dozens of sorts of wine and other spirits.