Abu Shakrah

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From Time Out Abu Dhabi Eating Out 2010

We once asked one of the waiters at Abu Shakra: ‘Do you serve Arabic food?’ The indignant response arrived sharply: ‘No sir, we serve Egyptian food.’ The various Pharaoh motifs above the door should have been the first giveaway. This honest little Egyptian cafeteria is a cheap eat favourite, dishing out crisp falafel, fragrant tabbouleh and oil-drenched moussaka 24 hours a day for slightly less than a pittance. The interior is neat, clean and surprisingly large. The staff are also very friendly – they even offered to sub us a meal when we lost our wallet. But the bill shouldn’t add up to much more than Dhs80.

The stuffed grilled pigeon, at Dhs60, is a tempting exception, but for something a little different, try the shrimp stew – it’s delicious. Like most of the city’s cheaper establishments, you tend to sacrifice glamour for convenience, but Abu Shakra is ordered, efficient and serves good food. No wonder they’re a little proud.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Al Markaziyah West, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 631 3400
  • Travel: Estiqlal Street

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Posted by: Dani on 12 Jul ' 09 at 08:38

When writing Restaurant foodprices, atleast mention for how many people that price has been billed. Even i am a person who looks out for cheap but healthy rich food. No, i dont want luxury cuisines and am not waiting for Burj Dubai to have offer some discounts. But cheap food doesnt mean that - it just drains of the Restaurants filthy Greed to OVER-charge their food. Do welcome more posts in this. Thanks

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