Cafeteria Al Liwan

Top choice syrian in Downtown

Image by Lindsey Parry Lonely Planet

This budget canteen will exceed your expectations every chance it gets. This is Middle Eastern flavours Syrian-style, with some of Abu Dhabi's best hummus and fuul (mashed fava beans), falafel fried to crispy perfection and kawaj (tomato and mincemeat casserole) that would make a Damascene mamma proud. It's all served in a slightly beaten but welcoming environment with graffitied walls.

The extra presentation effort (juices served in trendy glass bottles, colourful plates) is above and beyond for this price point. Get here now. Duck down the side street next to the Crowne Plaza to find it.