The Only Line Worth Waiting For... Bu Qtair Fish Restaurant ???? ????

The Only Line Worth Waiting For... Bu Qtair Fish Restaurant ???? ????  Dubai Photo

The Only Line Worth Waiting For ???? ????

Bu Qtair fish restaurant | capturing a hidden gem in Jumeirah.

This is perhaps the only restaurant in Dubai that hasn’t changed over the years, despite it’s soaring popularity and its enormous media publicity in recent times. The first time I had visited Bu Qtair, it must have been in 1999. We had just arrived in Dubai and went all over the moon discovering a run-down small shack in the unexpected of places – on Jumeirah beach, serving lip smacking fried fish. In-fact, the only change that must have taken place over the years, is the change in the name from Bu Qtair Cafeteria to Bu Qtair Restaurant (with an additional tagline – Fish Restaurant, in their modestly printed visiting cards).

The seating arrangement in Bu Qtair is basic – plastic dining tables and multi-coloured plastic tools (the later is an investment that the restaurant has done in recent years. No more investments please – the charm of the place would be gone completely!). There is a long queue while placing the order inside the tiny porta cabin which also holds the kitchen area. Once the order has been placed, there’s a long wait outside. As the number of people waiting outside, after having placed their orders (below right) increase, so do the number of cars that drive in and park by the pavement. The restaurant staff serves the waiting diners simultaneously while they attend to honking cars demanding their take-aways. It’s a manic rush but all’s well that ends well – everyone gets their right orders (no goof -ups there) and each person goes back a happy soul with an overfilled tummy!

Location: Close to Burj Al Arab on Street 4D, Jumeirah 3, Dubai (As you head towards the Burj Al Arab from Union House, take a right exit at Street 35a, off Beach Road. Look out for an Emarat Petrol Station before the Umm Sequim Park which houses a small McDonald’s. Once on Street 35a, make a left turn on Street 2b. You will find the Bu Qtair amidst the boat sheds or better still use Google Maps). Open on Sat-Thur from 12noon – 2.30pm and 6pm – 11.30pm and on Fridays after afternoon prayers Tel: +971 055 7052130


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