Chinalicious

Chinalicious

Opposite of Mina al Arab there are quite a few restaurants. Among them there is an amazingly good restaurant: Chinalicious. The restaurant does fulfill what it’s name promises: you will get authentic Chinese food, which is really delicious and much better than the so-called Chinese menus you get at most other local restaurants.
The menu is presented digitally with pictures for nearly all the dishes and the choices include a complete section with vegetarian options. Prices are still reasonable and the food is definitely worth the price.
The interior is ok, but nothing special.


A restaurant list

An incomplete list of restaurants I visited:

Recommended restaurants

[Bakery / Lebanese] recommended
m
[Chinese] recommended
m
[Indian] recommended
m
[Indian] recommended
m
[Italian] recommended
m
[Lebanese / Italian] recommended
m
[Pizzeria / Italian] recommended
m

Restaurants I might visit again

India Palace @ RAK Mall
[Indian] nice restaurant
m
The Indian Chef
[Indian] nice interior, some dishes are good
m
Eat Drink
[Indian / Chineese] while it looks like a fast food place, the food is not bad
m
Seeland
[Indian / Chineese] interior a bit dense, but might be intimate
m
Shakespeare and Co. @ Al Hamra Mall
[International] serves nice breakfast
m
Pesto @ Al Hamra Golf Club
[Italian] nice interior and terrace
m
Puro
[Italian] nice terrace with a bar
m
Al Afiya Pastries
[Lebanese Bakery] nice small snacks for AED 2 fresh from the oven; don’t try the pizza
m
Qasr al Afghan Mandy
[Middle Eastern] nice kababs and grilled food
m
Hatam @My CityCenter Al Dhait
[Middle Eastern] some starters are excellent
m
Thunder Road
[Pizzeria / Italian] large pizzas, interior a bit special
m

Restaurants I visited

Ihop @ Al Hamra Mall
[American] American pan cakes
m
Ashuk Ice Cream
[Ice cream] no comment
m
Icons @ Julphar Towers
[Ice cream / Cafe] no comment
m
Makani
[Indian] nice interior
m
Moti Mahal
[Indian] nice interior, not too expensive
m
Namaste Cuisine
[Indian] no comment
m
Peppermill @ Naem Mall
[Indian] no comment
m
The Yellow Chilli @ Naem Mall
[Indian] concept by a famous chef
m
Al Farooj
[Indian / Chineese] Shawarma, fast food
m
Emirates Sea
[Indian / Chineese] popular, at times noisy
m
Capra @ Julphar Towers
[International] no comment
m
Cinnamon @ The Cove Rotana
[International] If you are at The Cove Rotana, Basilico is the much better choice.
m
Maison Mattis @ Al Hamra Golf Club
[International] rather a bar, but you can eat there as well
m
Andella’s Flatbread @ Julphar Towers
[Lebanese / Italian] no comment
m
Al Fanar
[Middle Eastern] no comment
m
Al Tanoor Al Iraqi
[Middle Eastern] no comment
m
Sadaf
[Middle Eastern] nice interior and lots of service staff
m
Zaituna House @ Marjan Island Resort & Spa
[Middle Eastern] good food
m
Canadian Pizza
[Pizzeria / American] no comment
m
Papa Johns @ RAK Mall
[Pizzeria / American] American pizza
m
La Burrata
[Pizzeria / Italian] no comment
m
Al Moohit
[Seafood] no comment
m
Izumi
[Sushi] no comment
m
Venus Deluxe
[Vegetarian/Indian] cheap, basic interior, some dishes are good
m

Restaurants I don’t intend to visit again

Al Dana Mandi
[Indian] no comment
m
Better Taste
[Indian] no comment
m
Bryani Hut
[Indian] no comment
m
New Grand Restaurant
[Indian] no comment
m
Al Comodor Falafel Restaurant
[Middle Eastern] no comment
m
Al Yaqoot Al Afghani
[Middle Eastern] no comment
m
Bait al Mandi
[Middle Eastern] no comment
m
Karam Al Sham
[Middle Eastern] no comment
m
Lamb Roasting Restaurant
[Middle Eastern] no comment
m
Sumo @ Al Hamra Mall
[Sushi] no comment
m
Jumatra
[Sweets] no comment
m
Mr Cookies
[Sweets] no comment
m
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Al Noof

Al Noof

Al Noof makes some simple, but quite nice Lebanese snacks. The snacks are all based on the same sweet yeast dough and filled with either labaneh, zatar, cheese, spinach or meat. Fresh from the oven that gives a decent snack – starting at AED 1.50 per piece. I do prefer the labaneh and zatar versions.
The team on the first floor seems to prepare an endless supply of the dough pieces. And while you can buy the already baked stuff (that they will reheat in the microwave), I would recommend to wait for a new batch to come fresh from the oven.

Al Noof does have some plastic chairs, but the main business is done with take-away orders. So don’t expect any kind of atmosphere.
I didn’t test the shawarma which they also offer.


Gazebo @ My CityCenter Al Dhait

Gazebo @ My CityCenter Al Dhait

The top restaurant in My CityCenter in Al Dhait is a Gazebo. And while there sure is no shortage of Indian restaurants in Ras al Khaimah, this is one you might want to visit: In general the food is good and some of the dishes I tested were outstanding.
The interior is nice, but the atmosphere is still that of a restaurant in a shopping center. There is quite a lot of service personal, but still the service was not as good as the food. Be aware, that you have to order everything you want, i.e. that some of the usual things you would expect to go with a dish automatically might not be included.
The restaurant in RAK is the 19th Gazebo branch in the UAE. And the prices look like what I would call “Dubai prices”, so compared to other restaurants in Ras al Khaimah, they are significantly higher.


Basilico @ Cove Rotana

Basilico @ Cove Rotana

There are quite a lot of hotels in Ras al Khaimah and even more hotel restaurants. And yet some of these restaurants still do stand out: Basilico, Cove Rotana’s Italian a la carte restaurant, is one of the nicer places, especially when the weather allows for sitting on the terrace. Food and service always meet the expectations, as do the prices (while obviously not cheap, the prices are still within reason).
There are two points to be aware of. Sometimes there is some kind of live music, that one may or may not like. The menu rarely changes (but there is said to be a new menu coming sometime this year…)



Note: Parking can be tricky on weekends. Just drive into the resort and let the valet service do the rest.

On The Wood

On The Wood

On The Wood opened a franchise outlet in RAK. After first testing some of the food, I took a closer look at the place and noticed several of their marketing slogans hanging on the wall. And indeed these slogans go right to the point: “The oven is the heart of every bakery” and “Love at first mankousche” (I really loved it!).
On The Wood has a somewhat special concept, combining Italien and Lebanese cuisine. And while I didn’t yet check the Italien part of the menu (i.e. the pasta and the pizzas), all in all the impression was quite good. So I can definitely recommend that you give the place a try.
Compared to other Lebanese restaurants the prices might seem a bit high (a manakish costs up to 24 AED), compared to other Italien restaurants the prices are fairly moderate (a pizza costs from 28 to 49 AED).
The interior is that of a typical franchise outlet, which is ok but nothing noteworthy. For my taste the music was too loud and added to the slightly uncomfortable atmosphere.
See www.onthewood.com for the menu. (They haven’t added RAK to their website, but the menu seems to be the same in all UAE branches.)



Note: There is no outlet on the Airport road, as some maps show erroneously.

Bombay Darbar Restaurant

Bombay Darbar Restaurant

What shall I say? It simply is my favorite Indian restaurant in Ras al Khaimah (and I did test quite a few). While the interior might not be super fancy, the food is great.

The slogan on the menu says “The real taste of Bombay”. And that is what you get. My preferred way of dining at this place is what I would call the guest-mode: just let the waiter decide and serve, whatever he likes.

The prices on the menu are quite moderate, with dishes between 12 and 20 AED. So you will hardly be able to spend more than 70 AED per person – even if you eat as much as you can;)

Some limitations are to be mentioned: There are only a few desserts on the menu and they are by far not as good as the main dishes. (But as the cooks demonstrated when we had our meet&dine event there, they can make delicious deserts…)┬áThe restaurant does not serve alcohol; in fact the choice of beverages is quite limited. And you have to pay cash, as they won’t accept credit cards.

For reservations call 07 236 9977.


Pizzaexpress @ Al Hamra Mall

Pizzaexpress @ Al Hamra Mall

There are quite a lot of places where you can get a fairly good pizza in Ras al Khaimah and especially in and around Al Hamra. So I didn’t expect to get one of the best pizzas in a franchise outlet in a mall. But Pizzaexpress in Al Hamra Mall does a really good job.
They do offer various discounts (Al Hamra VIP card, The Entertainer App, 2-for-1 on weekdays at lunchtime). With the discounts, the prices are somewhat reasonable; the normal price (up to AED 84 for a pizza) is significantly higher than in the other good pizza restaurants in the area – and the atmosphere is after all that of a (good) franchise outlet in a mall.
You will find Pizzaexpress at the north end of Al Hamra Mall on the ground floor, i.e. below the food court. For reservations call 07 221 1175 or visit www.pizzaexpress.ae