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“A hidden gem in Dubai” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bu Qtair

Bu Qtair
4 D Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
557052130
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Ranked #150 of 5,571 Restaurants in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Late Night
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“A hidden gem in Dubai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

The complicated morass of glitz and glamour that goes into most meals in Dubai can be overwhelming and sometimes disheartening. Bu Qtair is a welcomed hideaway from all of that. Very simple surroundings, but amazing food, and very affordable. Went with a friend, and we were able to have an entire Shari fish and about 1kg of shrimp for 120AED, complete with rice, bread, drinks, and curry. It is a little difficult to find, but essentially, it is right by the fishing docks in Umm Sequim. Do yourself a favor and make it a priority to check this place out. It can get a little crowded after 8pm on the weekend, but regardless of when you go it's worth the wait.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fun experience of Keralite cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Dubai a numerous restaurants catering to keralite cuisine. This one is unique because it is the simplest of them all. A small shack-like construction is where all the cooks do their magic. They set up plastic tables and chairs outside under the evening sky for you to enjoy your freshly fried seafood. They have soft drinks, water and tea also on offer.

The food is good, but the experience is really fun cos it's so different from what you would normally do in Dubai.

Visited January 2014
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“Flavourful fish n Shrimps experience.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

To get to the cafeteria or this restaurant you may take a taxi to Umm Suqeim, when you reach Mac Donald’s having it to your right side take the second right from Mac D and keep going straight till you reach T junction to take a left. Few steps away you will find Bu Qtair to your left.
It’s absolutely not a sophisticated restaurant but quite a decent one perfect based on your budget and tastes.
Thou it’s not a high 5 restaurant but still they follow Chef Simons principle “When people come in to my restaurant I believe they are putting their health and well-being into my hands. This is a responsibility I take very seriously.”
So you may have relish the fresh fish comfortably.


An impeccable location for a stroll enjoying the beach and then seafood experience to tantalize your taste buds with delicious prawns and Fish. They have only these 2 things marinated in special flavorful spices. Choice is yours how big or small fish you select to dine. And depending on the weight charges applies.

They don’t have reservation or things like that. After dark the serving begins till midnight or may be till the fish stock last as it may get over before that also. On weekends the wait time you should expect is a minimum of 45min from placing your order. It may go up to 75mins as well.

Medium sized flavoured prawns and yummy fish to some extent gives a home cooked taste of course this is a bit oily… you may also request for some gravy and Paratha if you wish along with some soft drinks.


This restaurant is a wonderful experience.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very Fresh And Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

We went there two times during our stay in Dubai. It is located near Jumeirah Road, we got there by bus X28 from Al Jafiliya metro station (Redline on the other side of the road) to Umm Suqeim Library bus stop; then you should turn right at the mosque (just next to the bus station), and walk ahead this short street (no right or left) until it's END then turn left, it is there beside old boats.

The location of Bu Qtair on Google Maps is accurate; but the entrance is NOT on 4D Street.

The best time to go is at 6 PM (still no queue and you can choose the best fish and size), go directly inside and take your place in the queue (for us there was only 2 people waiting), they start taking orders within 5 or 10min after 6pm.

Then Choose your fish and/or prawns (the only 2 items in the menu), they take your name; you pay and wait outside until they call you, and take whatever drinks you want with you.

Once seated on the table ask for bread and the curry sauce. before leaving you will pay for the bread, sauce and drinks..

Hammour fish was very delicious (medium fish 45 Dirhams), also fresh (catch of the same day)

A 5min walk from there takes you to a large public beach where you can enjoy the beach and take some nice pictures with Burj Al Arab.

Highly recommended

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fresh fish and shrimps”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

No frills, hole-in-the-wall fish shack fronting the beach at Um Suqeim. Bu Qtair has no menu -only "catch of the day". L-R: the juiciest,freshest fried fish I've tasted; the simple "shack"- you eat outside,with your hands; we did not order the shrimps -but it looks right out yummy; the queue inside,the view outside. Cheap,fresh,simple and delicious -but bring your own steamed rice! Parathas are OK too. Come early to avoid the mad queue. Outdoor seating is just cowboy style-- it's the fish,the fish!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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