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Brows­ing through Zo­mato, look­ing for the best res­tau­rant for a week­end din­ner, an ex­pe­ri­ence that seems more like an around-the-world trip in fewer than 80 days, with ev­ery­thing from French crépes to Ital­ian pas­tas and Mex­i­can tacos, is one we’ve all had as part of the UAE’s mul­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety. Even with all the cuisines of the world to choose from, when it comes to com­fort food, I in­stinc­tively crave In­dian chaat. Walk­ing into a chaat res­tau­rant in a Karama al­ley con­jures up the im­age of pani puris that burst with flavour, vada pav steam­ing with fresh­ness and bhel puri dressed with tangy chut­neys, their aroma scent­ing the bustling streets of Mum­bai. This is the smell that has me sali­vat­ing, long­ing for the taste of home.

I have been re­sid­ing in Dubai since my birth. I have vis­ited al­most all the restau­rants in Dubai, but Ab­so­lute Bar­be­cues is the best for com­fort food. The starters there are to die for. The only down­side is that it is very crowded all the time. Sai Tarun V

They say noth­ing is bet­ter than sit­ting down af­ter a long hard day of work and hav­ing a lav­ish meal in front of you that you can en­joy to the fullest. I can only get that in my favourite res­tau­rant, Cae­sars. The ser­vice makes me feel like I’m at home, the food makes my mouth wa­ter and once I’m done, I crave more. I love how ev­ery­thing is sim­ple but won­der­ful – I wish for noth­ing more ex­cept for a din­ner at Cae­sars ev­ery Thurs­day night. Avani Upreti

When the go­ing gets tough and I’m in need of a good cry I turn for so­lace to my trusted stash of carbs and Sara Bareilles. Com­fort food to me is a re­spectable loot of mint-choco­late-chip ice cream, chilli-flavoured Chips Oman and the ’90s UAE kid spe­cial, Areej juice. So it comes as no sur­prise that the Lulu Hyper­mar­ket nearby is my go-to place when I’m in need of some TLC. It has served as a one-stop shop cater­ing to ev­ery ex­pa­tri­ate In­dian with their abun­dance of In­dian and other mer­chan­dise. From baklava to payasam, you get it all at Lulu. Sayana Sherif

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