Al Ibrahimi

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From Time Out Abu Dhabi Eating Out 2010

At just Dhs46 per person, you won’t find a cheaper, non-toxic all-you-can-eat buffet in the city, and, as far as bargain feedbags go, this is a decent restaurant. It’s certainly popular. On a Friday night, Al Ibrahimi must fuel half the city’s Indian and Pakistani community, all lured by the promise of biryani by the barrel load and a bustling atmosphere to match. The food is simple fare: grilled chicken, the aforementioned biryani and, err, brains make up the bulk of the menu, with also a few ‘Chinies Specialties’ (sic) thrown in for good measure. The more timid can of course opt for the curried lentils, which come accompanied by huge discs of fresh bread (the Electra St restaurant has an accompanying bakery next door). For the bargain price, the quality is pretty good – certainly the regulars seem undeterred. Don’t let snobbery put you off, this is a great little place for a cheap, tasty meal.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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  • Location: Madinat Zayed, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 632 3344
  • Travel: Zayed The First Street

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Posted by: GGFPiRIpakTsLOvV on 23 Apr ' 11 at 13:38
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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Glad I've finally found somtehing I agree with!

Posted by: Jack Of All Trades on 05 Dec ' 10 at 22:59

I visited the Emirates this Nov and was thoroughly charmed by and impressed with the bustling life in Abu Dhabi and the traditional arabian hospitality,especailly the myriad of restaurants and nightlife. I ate at Al Ibrahimi a few times and each time enjoyed it's sumptuous food, not to mention the impressive array of starters, entree and deserts. For a buffet place that boasts such a delightful and colorful dispaly of Indo-pak dishes and be so reasonably priced is a rarity. The servers were very friendly...keep up the good work! I highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to enjoy a fine Indo-Pak meal in the Abu Dhabi area.

Posted by: Ahsan Khan on 06 Sep ' 10 at 06:00
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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I would disagree with my friend Chacko here. I have been to the Al Ibrahimi many times and the buffet here is pretty heavy for the kind of price you pay. In a city where a good buffet can range anywhere between 150 to 300, I honestly believe that DHS 40 is a bargain for a range of Asian, Pakistani and Indian cuisines on the buffet tables such as barbecue, curries, chinese rice, beef and chicken dishes and biryani, nan and rotis, a range of sauces, starters and traditional Arabic dips to a not-at-all-bad sweets menu including chocolate soufflé, fruit punch, traditional kheer (ground rice cooked in milk, almonds and pistachios), pudding and a lot more. It is not a fancy place to be sitting in but its surely worth going back to every now and then. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

Posted by: Samia on 08 Oct ' 09 at 22:24

i think the best pakistani desi eatery is Sahar restaurant, they have the best famous pakistani dish Nihari in the emirates and the only place that serves it!! but beware its extra spicy! also located in madiant zayed its way better than other pakistani restaurants with a good price....i will definitely recommend it to evry1 for a good desi food

Posted by: Cilji Chacko on 09 Sep ' 09 at 08:30

This is the worst restaurant that I have visited since coming to Abu Dhabi. I was in the mood for someplace that had a buffet and decided to come to the Al Ibrahimi on Electra street. Since it was during Ramadan, I thought that the Iftar buffet would be scrumptous but ended up becoming a huge dissapointment. There was not much food left at the buffet when I got there and food was not replenished at the buffet and I arrived quite early, no where near to the closing time. Whatever was left that I could get on my plate tasted horrible. The food was extremely greasy and bland. The deserts were not any better. Normally my children will eat anything but even this they were digusted with. I was absolutely dissapointed with this place and know that I will never visit this place again and never even recommend eating here.

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