As Dorothy once said, there’s no place like home. Although some of us may consider the UAE to be home, here’s where you can find a little taste of your roots
Summer can be difficult if you have a lot of time on your hands to think about home and question moving back. Don’t worry, we’ve found your ruby red slippers in food form that will take you back home without having to click your heels three times.
If you come from the land down under then you’ll know all about the spread that is up there with kangaroos and boomerangs when considering Australian heritage. But did you know that Spinneys stores across Abu Dhabi stock Vegemite? Now you can have a taste of home in the UAE.
Head to Stars ‘N’ Bars to get a taste of this bona fide Aussie (and US) pub classic with a twist: the dish consists of breaded and seasoned chicken breast smothered in mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce, the twist being the huge side of spaghetti. You can choose to have this dish made into sliders, too. Yas Marina, Yas Island. Contact: 02 565 0101, starsnbars.ae
British expat Luci Hutchison rates The Captain’s Arms as a go-to for British classic fish n chips: “We go all the time as they taste just like home. It’s nice to enjoy traditional British food when we feel homesick.” Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah. Contact: 02 644 6666, thevillageatlemeridienabudhabi.com
Don’t depend on relatives to bring over your favourite nibbles; Box From the UK is a subscription package that sends 25 British food treats to your door each month. You can make requests but typically you can expect treats like crumpets, Battenberg cake and Irn Bru. Visit: boxfromuk.co.uk
Find all your imported Desi food items in this one-stop grocery shop. You can purchase Indian made snacks, sweets and spices to create your favourite homemade dishes. 28th Street, off Abu Dhabi-Al Ain Truck Road, opposite Dalma Mall, Mussafah. Contact: 02 553 8104, adildubai.com
If you think of home and live entertainment springs to mind, head to one of these venues for some sultry sounds. Filipino restaurant Kuya Juan in Al Ain Palace Hotel provides Filipino entertainment every night.
Filipina expat April Gomez says: “My friends eat at Kuya Juan as the food is like back home. Cheers bar also has a Filipino band that plays each night; Filipinos can enjoy things from home whilst here.” Corniche East and Fatima Bint Mubarak St. Contact: 02 679 4777, alainpalacehotel.com
Find all your home brands in this Filipino supermarket, including specialities like Barako coffee, adobo and ingredients to make halo-halo. The store is reasonably priced and you can find almost any food from back home here. Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, Chicken Tikka building. Contact: 02 641 9319
Whether you’re craving some decent biltong or need to restock on rooibos tea, you’ll find a variety of South African imports on this online portal. There’s everything from groceries like chutney, meat rubs, sweets and canned products to brais, potje pots and more. Visit: beloved.ae/index.php
With a “KOREAN FOOD” sign on its façade, there’s no mistaking what this grocery store specialises in. Popular with Asians, not just Koreans, the store stocks a variety of frozen products like seafood as well as dried goods like taro, radish and noodles. Off Abu Dhabi-Al Ain Truck Road, ME-9, Mussafah. Contact: 02 553 4842
Nestled in Khalidiya, this family-run sweets shop packs a punch with its towering pyramids and mouth-watering displays of baklava, atayef, mafrouke, maamoul, kunafa and znoud el sit. Coveted by Lebanese residents looking for a taste of home, this small shop is the real deal. Off Zayed the First Street. Contact: 02 634 3117