Sikka Cafe pays homage to the rich history of the UAE.

We were recently invited to Sikka Café for lunch. Located in City Walk, we had often walked past it and admired their cozy setting. The café pays homage to the rich history and culture of the UAE by serving fusion Emirati cuisine that has influences of Indian and Persian cuisine. SIKKA meaning alleyway in Arabic, aspires to be a place where you get to experience the diversity of the streets through their food.

Once seated, we couldn’t help but appreciate the attention to the detail with antique accessories and local memorabilia including a vintage radio.

We began our meal with mast-o-khair, a refreshing yogurt dip topped with herbs, raisins and pistachios. We also tried the muhammara (24 AED), a spiced walnut and paprika dip-the two cold mezzeh together with the freshly baked bread were a great way to start the meal.

In the hot mezze we picked the purely vegetarian dish of aloo soya tamatar  (23 AED)–home-style stew of potatoes cooked with fresh tomatoes and fennel leaves. The soya had the same texture and taste as beef and is a great alternative for those who don’t eat meat.

In the mains we picked the Samaka hara (62 AED) – hamour fish with hara sauce and Emirati spices. We quite enjoyed the local fish cooked in this manner.  We also tried one of the signature traditional dishes of the region Machbous (50 AED), a hearty and filling dish of slow-cooked aromatically spiced lamb with rice.

We left space for our favoruite local desert, Legaimat – fried mini dough balls dipped in syrup (21 AED) that we quickly polished off with a side of sweet Karak chai.


Sikka Café

Al Safa Street, 12-02

City Walk 


Tel: +9714- 385 6524

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