Sri Lanka’s award-winning Ayubowan is voted one of top 10 ‘Hidden Gems’ in Dubai

DUBAI: Dubai’s foodies have spoken and Sri Lanka’s award-winning restaurant Ayubowan has been voted as one of the top 10 ‘Hidden Gems’ in Dubai, the gastronomy capital of the Middle East. The top 10 Hidden Gems were found through an online public voting process ahead of the annual Dubai Food Festival, a citywide culinary celebration that will run from 22 February to 10 March.

Offering a variety of Sri Lankan delights, Ayubowan, located at Cluster N in JLT, is sure to take you on a culinary journey through the silk route, with a wide range of Sri Lankan delicacies. The fine dining restaurant was established by veteran Chef Sumanasiri, who counts over three decades of experience in Sri Lankan and international cuisines.

The public picked their top 10 choices from among 35 shortlisted lesser-known restaurants and cafes in the city, that offer value-for-money dining options. The 10 undiscovered culinary hotspots also showcase the wealth of authentic flavours from across the world, available in Dubai. Throughout Dubai Food Festival, these top 10 restaurants are set to offer a one-day only special deal, where diners can enjoy a two-course meal for only AED 25 per person.

The list of the top 10 Dubai Hidden Gems 2018:

Smat Café & Restaurant (Emirati)

Chai and Co. (Emirati)

Fish Hut (Asian Seafood)

Ayubowan (Sri Lankan)

Wok n Roll (Pan Asian)

That Place Café (Fusion)

Grub Shack (Indian)

Hot Palayok (Filipino)

Tum Tum Asia (Asian)

Wooden Cellar (Greek)

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