First-time visitors might be a bit disappointed by the variety of food you find on the boulevard. Although it has become a bit better over the years, most of the restaurants offer almost the same menu of badly imitated European food and one or two Egyptian dishes. The great news is… there are some hidden gems out there. Our own holiday house has a fully equipped kitchen, so we often cook our own food. But we’ve been to Dahab many times and tried out a lot of the restaurants by now. And we’re here to give you some tips for good food!
1. Jackies, boulevard near the Bridge
Lovely new Mexican restaurant. Unlike many places in Dahab, here it all ‘fits’, from the interior to the nice salsa music and the nice Mexican food.
2. YumYum Falafel, Mashraba
The best place in Dahab to get a falafel sandwich, and one of the cheapest. During lunchtime, you’ll find the terrace full. Locals and tourists alike love the authentic Egyptian food served here.
3. Friends Restaurant, boulevard near Lighthouse
Friends is another one of those hidden gems. It’s not the cheapest (definitely not expensive either) and offers a lovely seating area upstairs and great food. Try the chicken shish, you won’t be dissappointed!
4. Zoghby, Assalah near big mosque
Zoghby is a great local place to a quick lunch or dinner. The grilled or bbq chicken is accompanied by some bread and a choice of salad, white beans, zucchini or potato. Basic, but tasty.
5. Namaste, on Fanar Street
We only recently discovered this great Indian restaurant. It’s not much to look at and it’s not on the boulevard, but the food is amazing and the prices fair.
6. Chicken restaurant, Assalah square
After all this time, I’m still not sure what this restaurant is called (shame on me!). It’s located across from the Ghazala Supermarket en next to the German Bakery on Assalah Square. Almost the same food as Zoghby, but a little more variety. Nice local place with local prices.
6. BoxMeal, near Lighthouse
Very popular among expats, nice little restaurant Boxmeal offers various Asian dishes. From fried noodles and fried rice to chicken teriyaki and spicy noodle soup. You can find Boxmeal on the road from Eel Garden to Lighthouse, close to, but not on the boulevard.
7. Athanor, near Lighthouse
In the old days Italian owned Time Cafe on the boulevard made the best pizza’s and of course there’s Dai Pescatori, but I think Athanor actually makes a pretty decent pizza nowadays. They’re very quick to deliver too.
7. Friday Market, Sheikh Salem House near Eel Garden
The Friday market is mostly a food market, with some jewelry and other crafts stalls thrown in. A surprising number of westerners sell their wares on the market. A nice place to find some different kinds of foods, from Egyptian mahshi to German torte and Italian lasagna. The food can be a bit overpriced, but the atmosphere is nice.