Ayubowan offers traditional Sri Lankan dishes in the heart of Jumeirah Lake Towers.

We first discovered hoppers on a trip to Sri Lanka and have been obsessed ever since. A thin pancake in the shape of a bowl, hoppers are made with coconut milk and fermented rice and lentil batter. Commonly known as Aapam, they are made plain or then with an egg in the centre.

On our quest to find this quintessential Sri Lankan street food in Dubai, we ended up at Ayubowan. A discreetly located restaurant in the heart of Jumeirah Lake Towers, the décor is simple with solid wood tables and chairs. There are also a few tables outdoors overlooking the lake.

The egg hoppers (7 AED) were exactly how we remembered them from Sri Lanka-the hoppers were crispy and light and the egg inside had a runny yolk making it slightly messy to eat but very satisfying.

Greedy for more hoppers, we also went ahead and ordered the hopper basket (42 AED). The stack of hoppers was served with a choice of meat or chicken. We picked the beef curry that was packed with flavor and a generous helping.

Overall, Ayubowan offers a taste of Sri Lanka right here in Dubai. The menu is extensive and we will definitely be back to try some of the other dishes.

R2A, Lake Point Tower, Cluster N, Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Tel:+9714-4521 007

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