These are the best cheap eats in the city

Food, we all love it, and we all have our own preferences for where we can grab a great meal. Whether it’s Indian, Italian, Malaysian or even Japanese, there are so many different cuisines to choose from in the city, so we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to food.

But sometimes, nothing beats cheap eats, so we’ve rounded up some great food that will fill you up without breaking the bank.

Brilliant breakfasts

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Enjoy the most important meal of the day with some bharat eggs, slow cooked boiled eggs served with masala sauce and paratha bread, from Egg Shack Café for AED 25. Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, next to Graffiti Burger. Sun-Thu 8am-11pm, Fri-Sat 8am midnight. Contact: 02 666 4141, eggshackcafe.com

Devour gluten-free pancakes served with berry compote or caramelised banana and date syrup at Wheatfields for AED 19. Al Rayyana Complex, Khalifa City. Daily 7am-midnight. Contact: 02 550 0971, facebook.com/wheatfieldsuae

Get your fill of a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel at Marks & Spencer for AED 19 or poached eggs on toast for AED 14. Yas Mall. Daily noon-11pm. Visit: marksandspencer.com/ae

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Take on the crêpes topped with your choice of Nutella, honey and banana or cheese and scrambled egg for AED 30 at Art House Café. Al Falah Street, opposite Al Bateen Mall. Daily 9am-11.30pm. Contact: 02 418 2466, facebook.com/arthousecafead

Fuel your day with home-style granola served with yoghurt, jam, cranberries walnuts and honey from SoulFull for AED 25. Green Emirates Building, Muroor Road. Sun-Thu 8am midnight, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Contact: 800 7685, soulfull.ae

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Start the day with avocado toast, topped with chilli flakes and sunflower seeds from Café Arabia for AED 18. Villa 637, Mohamed Bin Khalifa Street, opposite Umm Al Emarat Park. Sun-Thu 6.30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 8am-11pm. Contact: 02 643 9699, facebook.com/cafearabia

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Boost your energy with an egg and cheese omelette filled with mushrooms, onions and peppers, plus fresh bread for AED 24 from Man’oushe Street. Various locations including Al Bandar. Daily 7am-11.45pm. Visit: manoushestreet.com

Enjoy a sweet start and try a pain au chocolat for AED 11, almond croissant for AED 13 or a galette au fromage from AED 16 at Paul Bakery and Restaurant. Add an espresso for AED 13 and you’re still under AED 30. Various locations including Yas Mall. Sat-Wed 9am 11.30pm, Thu-Fri 9am-midnight. Visit: paul-bakeries.com

Delicious dishes

Sink your teeth into a chicken shawarma for AED 7, a falafel platter served with tahini sauce for AED 15 or a labneh manakesh for AED 8 at Zahrat Lebnan. Various locations including Al Dhafrah. Daily 8am-3pm. Visit: zahratlebnan.com

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Feast on a cheese masala dosa for AED 7, or go for the butter sada dosa for AED 6 at Bhavna. Pair it with a masala tea for AED 2 and you have yourself a super cheap snack or tasty breakfast. Hamdan Street, behind Al Ain Tower. Daily 7am-11pm. Contact: 02 677 4288

Fill up with a baked potato stuffed with chilli cheese and a side of sour cream for AED 28 from Shabby Chic Café. Golden Tower B, Muroor Road. Daily 10am-10pm. Contact: 02 643 7497, shabbychic-uae.com

Bite into a chipotle chicken slider topped with fiery red jalapeños at Burger 28 for AED 21. Various locations including Al Mushrif. Sun-Thu noon-1am, Fri-Sat 1pm-1am. Visit: burger28.com

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Enjoy a traditional Indian thali with dishes like dal makhani or chana masala, served with rice, chapati and salad for just AED 20 at Golden Spoon Vegetarian Restaurant. Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, behind Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre. Daily 9am-11.30pm. Contact: 02 633 7155

Fill up with some Hyderabadi biryani packed with saffron and coriander from Salam Bombay for AED 22. Various locations including Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street. Visit: salambombay.net

Grab lunch with a filling Asian sesame chicken spirulina wrap from Skinny Genie for AED 28. Masdar City, next to F-Mart Supermarket. Sun-Thu 8am-11pm, Fri-Sat 9am 11.30pm. Contact: 02 555 5897, skinny-genie.com

Feast on a creamy Pacific Ocean soup, packed with fresh seafood from Sushi Central for AED 27. Various locations including Mina Street. Sat-Thu 11am-11.45pm, Fri noon midnight. Visit: sushicentral.ae

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Tuck into a hearty bowl of dan dan noodles packed with spicy red chilli oil, minced beef and spring onion from Panda Bao Bao for AED 26. Rashid Bin Saeed Street, next to Off The Hook. Daily 11am-10pm. Contact: 055 512 7461, facebook.com/pandabaobao.77

Try the popular roti kaya for AED 9 and nasi lemak for AED 15 from Mamak. Got change left over? Splash the cash on a cup of teh ’o – that’s sweet iced black tea – for AED 8. ADNOC station, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Highway, towards Yas Mall, Yas Island. Daily 7am-midnight. Contact: 02 563 1525

Take a bite out of the hoisin duck wrap featuring a slaw of cabbage, carrots and cucumber at jones the grocer for AED 25.Various locations including Al Khalidiyah. Sun-Thu 10am 11.30pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11.30pm. Visit: jonesthegrocer.com

Get your fill of indulgent butter chicken from Nihal Restaurant for AED 28 – the generous portion is enough for two people. Off Zayed the First Street, near AKM Music Center. Daily 11am-midnight. Contact: 02 631 8088

Grab a falafel pocket at Meshwari for a quick bite on the go for AED 8, or a shawarma for AED 7. Not full yet? Add fries and a drink for AED 10. Various locations including Al Wahda Mall. Daily 7.30am-10pm. Visit: facebook.com/meshwarieatery

Prepare the chopsticks and tuck into six handmade salmon rolls from Sushi Counter for AED 26. Various locations including Saadiyat Island and Al Raha Beach. Visit: sushicounter.com

Bite into a Mediterranean vegan flatbread topped with sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, artichokes and eggplant from Crustique for AED 26. Al Falah Street, beside Ministry of Finance Building. Daily 7am-5pm. Contact: 02 677 7004, facebook.com/crustique

Sweet treats

Sink your teeth into a canolo Siciliano topped with chocolate or candied fruits at Vasa Vasa from AED 11.50. Fancy a drink? Get yourself an iced coffee for AED 15.50. Al Muneera Beach Plaza. Sun-Thu 10am-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 9.30am-11pm. Contact: 02 555 6484, facebook.com/vasavasaabudhabi

Spoil yourself with a decadent chocolate éclair from The Sweets Boutique from AED 24. Opposite Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City. Daily 9am-midnight. Contact: 02 443 2255, thesweetsboutique.com

A classic cupcake is just AED 15 or you could go for the signature banana, caramel or red velvet ones for AED 17 at Magnolia Bakery. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island. Daily 8am 1am. Contact: 02 674 9380, facebook.com/magnoliabakeryuae

Sample some unique mochi at Little Manila with flavours like banana berry, coffee cream and purple yam for AED 8. Opposite Yas Academy School, Najda Street. Sun-Wed 10am midnight, Thu 10am-1am, Fri 7am-1am, Sat 7am-midnight. Contact:  02 583 3670, littlemanila.com

Go all out and try the peanut butter cup pancakes at Denny’s, topped with peanut butter sauce and hot fudge for AED 19. Abu Dhabi Mall, next to Beach Rotana, Al Zahiyah. Open 24 hours. Contact: 02 445 3128, facebook.com/dennysme

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Go for the gluten-free chocolate cake at Circle Café for a tasty treat for AED 30. Various locations including Al Raha Gardens Plaza. Sun-Thu 9.30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm. Visit: circle-cafe.com

Try something different with deep-fried ice cream served with chocolate sauce from Jim’s Kitchen Table for AED 27. Masdar City, opposite F-Mart Supermarket. Daily 8am-10pm. Contact: 02 491 9401, www.jims.kitchen

WORDS Colin Armstrong

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