Top 10 Desserts in Dubai for the sweet-toothed traveller

Posted: 06-Jun-16 09:31

Dubai may well be a destination full of unique architecture and huge attractions, but its culinary scene provides another reason to visit the emirate. Tourists can enjoy Dubai's diverse and international cuisine, and no visit would be complete without trying delicious desserts such as traditional Kunafa, Luqaimat, and mouth-watering Pancakes and French toast.

Top 10 Desserts in Dubai for the sweet-toothed traveller

The soaring modern architecture, luxury hotels, huge theme parks and attractions, and all-year-round hot weather are often the main reasons why travellers flock to Dubai. Foodies, however, will be in for a sweet treat when they discover the wide range of delicious desserts available across the city.

As tourists walk down the city’s streets, they’ll find it hard to resist the aromas of baked goods wafting out of cafes, restaurants and street vendors. This list of desserts, compiled by the Tribune Express, highlights the best of Dubai’s tasty sweet treats, and where holidaymakers can get their hands on them.

Kunafa

This sweet-savoury pastry is traditional to the Middle East. A combination of melted cheese, semolina or shredded filo dough (Kataifi) is soaked in rosewater syrup and then baked to provide a delicious version of a stretchy cheese Danish pastry. The best place to sample this traditional dish is at Reem Al Bawadi in Downtown Dubai, where tourists can enjoy views of the Burj Khalifa.

Luqaima

Also hailing from the Middle East, the Luqaimat is made up of sweet fried dumplings that are drizzled with sugar syrup of honey. They’re a firm favourite during Ramadan, and visitors can enjoy freshly-prepared Luqaimat in the Global Village.

Pancakes and French toast!

While not a standard dish in the Middle East, pancakes and French toast has become a favourite all over the world, and at Eggspectation, the chocolate chip pancake is the perfect breakfast for sweet-toothed tourists. The American-style restaurant can be found at the Jumeirah Beach Residence, and it serves a variety of pancakes and French toast with Canadian maple syrup.

Cheesecake

No dinner would be complete without a slice of cheesecake, and the international Cheesecake Factory chain has several venues in Dubai. Some of the best flavours include Original, Hershey’s and Key Lime.

Gelato

It might originate in Italy, but this refreshing dessert has become popular all over the world, especially during the scorching summer months, Morellis Gelato in Dubai boasts a variety of flavours including the Knickerbocker Glory, a combination of vanilla gelato, chocolate, strawberry, and seasonal fruits.

Cookies

Sometimes the simplest of treats are often the tastiest, and cookies continue to be a global favourite. Ben’s Cookies originate in Oxford in the UK but have become so popular that they’re now stocked all over the world. Visitors can choose from cookies with chunks of white chocolate, macadamia, ginger, lemon, cranberry, milk chocolate and double chocolate – all freshly baked to gooey perfection.

Falooda

This cold creamy drink is a popular option across India. It’s made with ingredients including sabja seeds, vermicelli, sweetened milk, rose syrup and ice cream. A great place to taste this cooling drink is at Billo ice cream, a small truck-themed ice cream parlour that offers a variety of ice creams and desi treats.

Waffle Cones

There’s no better place to savour the flavours of chocolate and vanilla waffle cones than at Godiva, the Belgian chocolatier that has outlets in luxury destinations all over the world.

Cupcakes

A great choice for kids and adults, these miniature cakes give a sugar fix for tourists on the go. Some of Dubai’s best cupcakes can be found at Project Cupcake and Mangolia Bakery, both offering a huge choice of flavours.

Novikov’s Dessert Platter

This platter has been created for the sugar-addicted traveller who can’t make up their mind when it comes to choosing dessert. Served at Novikov at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, the platter includes six different desserts including Harumaki Dulce De Leche (spring rolls stuffed with banana, mint and chocolate ganache), Passion Fruit Creme Brulee, dark chocolate fondant cake, Green Tea Ice Cream with Sorbet, the Shira Tama Sphere (caramel mousse and praline ice cream), and the Miso Banoffee V2 (poached banana in saffron syrup with miso caramel ice cream, Manjari chocolate mousse, and peanut butter crumble).

Those looking for more savoury culinary during their time in Dubai can sample Al Harees (baked wheat and meat), Al Machboos (seasoned and spiced Rice, onions and meat), Kousa Mahshi (stuffed corgettes or aubergines stuffed with rice), and Fatteh (soaked bread with chickpeas, stuffed aubergines, and a topping of yogurt.

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