6 South African Restaurant’s You’ll Find In Dubai

South Africa has long exported its talent, expertise, resources and flavours to the world, and Dubai is no different. So, next time you’re in town and need a taste of home, there are some great options available!


  • There is no doubt that food is an integral part of any global holiday, connecting flavours with sights, sounds and smells of new destinations.
  • Whilst exploring new found favourite dishes is the name of the game, once in a while, the urge to taste a slice of home hits – but where do you go?
  • From seafood, to steaks and flame-grilled chicken, the taste of South Africa is available across the city of Dubai for those needing to reconnect.
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There is no arguing that South Africa has some of the most ambitious entrepreneurs and greatest eateries which are sought after globally. So it is no surprise to know that when the craving for the taste of home hits, there are a few familiar names when on holiday that’ll hit the spot, including these 6 South African Restaurant’s You’ll Find In Dubai:



Under the Tashas Group umbrella, five distinctive restaurant concepts have taken shape: tashas, Flamingo Room by tashas, Avli by tashas, Le Parc by tashas, and Galaxy Bar. Image: Tashas Group

Founded by Natasha Sideris and her brother Savva, Tashas Group has firmly established itself as one of South Africa’s most prominent and successful hospitality companies.


Over the course of 18 remarkable years, this dynamic duo has transformed their initial restaurant in Atholl, Sandton into a thriving empire comprising multiple cafes across South Africa and nearly a dozen establishments in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


While Tashas’ Jumeirah location in Dubai has gained significant acclaim, it’s worth noting that the cafe has spread its wings to other parts of this bustling city as well. What sets Tashas apart is not only its visually captivating interiors but also its commitment to a simple yet innovative cooking style.


A central pillar of Tashas’ triumph is its unwavering dedication to crafting each dish fresh to order, with nothing pre-made. Consequently, Tashas has earned a well-deserved reputation for both its fresh and healthy offerings, as well as its mouth-watering comfort food.


Tashas can be found at Al Barsha, Al Jalila, Jumeirah, Dubai Marina Mall and Mirdif City Center.



Nando’s, a global sensation known for its flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken, traces its roots back to a humble beginning in 1987. Image: Nando’s

Does Dubai have Nando’s? What a question! As one of South Africa’s mild, medium and hottest export, the flame grilled chicken so many have come to love the world over is also in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


The journey began when the very first Nando’s restaurant opened its doors in Rosettenville, Johannesburg. Little did anyone know that this moment would mark the inception of a culinary empire that would take the world by storm.


Today, Nando’s has become synonymous with the irresistible allure of PERi-PERi chicken. With restaurants, delectable sauces, and a world-famous grocery range available across the globe, Nando’s continues to strengthen the bond between chicken and PERi-PERi.
Nando’s restaurants are more than just places to eat; they are a celebration of Afro-Portuguese culture. Each establishment boasts its own unique design, featuring earthy textures, colors, and local South African art.


Nando’s can be found at Sheikh Zayed Road, The Greens, City Centre Deira, Marina Walk, City Centre Mirdiff, Dubai Festival City Mall, Dubai Motor City, BurJuman, Ibn Battuta Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall and Circle Mall.


The Butcher Shop & Grill

This iconic South African steakhouse offers more than just a meal; it offers an experience where juicy, succulent steaks are complemented by laughter-filled conversations and unforgettable moments. Image: The Butcher Shop & Grill

A Sandton institution with a legendary reputation, The Butcher Shop & Grill on Nelson Mandela Square has transcended borders and found a second home in the vibrant city of Dubai.


What sets The Butcher Shop & Grill apart is not only its delectable menu but also its specialty butchery and deli, where the most discerning connoisseurs can browse and seek advice on selecting the finest cuts of meat. It’s a place where culinary expertise meets a passion for quality, ensuring that every steak is a masterpiece.


So, whether you’re savoring the flavors of Sandton or indulging in the Dubai skyline, The Butcher Shop & Grill promises a culinary journey that transcends borders, making it a must-visit for steak enthusiasts and those seeking unforgettable dining experiences alike.


The Butcher Shop & Grill can be found at Jumeirah Beach Residence, Mall of the Emirates and Mirdif City Center.


Ocean Basket Dubai

This modern chain restaurant exudes a cheerful vibe, inviting patrons to savor an array of seafood delights, sushi creations, and tantalizing sharing platters. Image: Ocean Basket

Ocean Basket is known to be one of the world’s most beloved seafood restaurants – and Dubai is no different. With two vibrant locations in the United Arab Emirates, Ocean Basket Dubai has captured the hearts of seafood enthusiasts and those seeking a cheerful dining experience.


The menu at Ocean Basket Dubai encompasses a diverse range of options, from delectable mezes and refreshing salads to mouth-watering mains and sumptuous seafood platters featuring fish, calamari, prawns, and mussels. Whether you prefer your seafood fried or grilled, Ocean Basket Dubai has it covered.


What sets Ocean Basket apart is its commitment to serving piping hot dishes straight from the grill, presented in a pan or on a long metal platter. It’s all about delivering scrumptious seafood without the fuss, allowing patrons to focus on the joy of sharing laughter and food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere with family and friends.


It’s a place where seafood lovers can come together to enjoy the best that the ocean has to offer. Ocean Basket Dubai can be found at Circle Mall and Mirdif City Center.


The Meat Co.

Beyond the exceptional cuisine, each location of The Meat Co. offers a sense of theater for diners. Image: The Meat Co.

South Africa’s beloved steakhouse, The Meat Co., embarked on an exciting culinary journey, expanding its presence beyond its homeland to the vibrant Middle East. While some may recall its iconic locations at Montecasino and Melrose Arch, this South African gem is now making waves in new territories.


What sets The Meat Co. apart is its unwavering commitment to sourcing the finest steaks from around the world and subjecting them to a unique aging process. This dedication, combined with the restaurant’s eclectic atmosphere and warm hospitality, has earned it a dedicated following. From the exquisite Mayura Station Signature Wagyu (+10) to the indulgent Prime 1kg Tomahawk steak, meat is unquestionably the star of the menu.


However, The Meat Co. offers more than just mouth-watering steaks; patrons can also savor fresh seafood, explore a raw bar, and indulge in specialty dishes influenced by South African heritage.


With stunning views of iconic landmarks like the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and the towering Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa in Dubai, dining here is not just a meal; it’s an unforgettable experience that combines culinary excellence with breath-taking vistas.


The Meat Co. can be found at Souk Al Bahar and Souk Madinat Jumeirah.


TANG Dubai

Dubai was a natural choice for expansion, as Nicky van der Walt sought an iconic location to match the stature of his sister restaurants. Image: The Sandton Times

In a much-anticipated move, TANG, the renowned multi-award-winning Asian Luxury Restaurant and Bar, is all set to make its grand entrance into the vibrant culinary scene of Dubai in December 2023.


TANG Dubai promises to be a sensory delight, drawing inspiration from contemporary Japanese izakayas and the timeless Cantonese eateries of Hong Kong. Diners will be treated to spectacular views of the iconic Burj Khalifa and the mesmerizing Dubai Fountains, adding an extra layer of grandeur to their dining experience.


This culinary gem, curated by the visionary hospitality entrepreneur Nicky van der Walt, represents the first international venture of the acclaimed South African hospitality portfolio, which includes the highly acclaimed TANG Sandton and TANG V&A Waterfront.


Embracing the concept of authentic Japanese izakayas, TANG Dubai invites guests to share an array of delectable plates, flavors, and tastes with family and friends. The menu boasts a tantalizing selection of contemporary Asian cuisine, including exceptional Cantonese dishes, tantalizing sushi, and authentic wok creations that promise to elevate the senses.


TANG Dubai will be situated at the Address Palace Downtown Hotel.


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