This is not a typical food review website. We do not rank restaurants in order of best to worst; you can assume that every eatery listed on this site was good enough to write about (If the venue, hygiene, taste or food quality is bad, we probably wouldn’t waste the time to write about it).
We do, however, see value in ranking restaurants based on their application and use of chili peppers, spice and heat - it’s a non-scientific gauge of the constantly changing culinary scene in Abu Dhabi and beyond.
Here is a guide to those rankings, as well as restaurant prices:
Each restaurant reviewed on this blog carries a “Camels Fire” ranking. “Camels Fire” is a relative scale of the use of hot spice and/or chili peppers. Most often, it’s a gauge of how spicy food is prepared by a chef or restaurant. “Camels Fire” can be, but isn’t always, directly related to the Scoville heat scale.
|Proceed with extreme caution! Get fire extinguisher ready.|
|Your lips may go numb from the heat.|
|Very spicy. Be very careful when touching peppers.|
|Getting spicier. May be too hot for some.|
|Food has a mild kick, but it’s not too spicy|
Note: Not every restaurant uses chili peppers in their cooking. That’s OK. And we’ll still visit them and write them a review. It just means they won’t be ranked on the “Camels Fire” scale.
Most restaurants we visit are independently run and owned, outside of the four- and five-star hotels. Because of that, average prices on this list will tend to run lower than normal. Prices are approximate, and based on lunch or dinner for one person without drinks.
|$$$||More than 100 AED ($27)|
|$$||Between 50 AED and 100 AED ($14 – $27)|
|$||Less than 50 AED ($14)|