|Exterior of Al Fanar (courtesy of Al Fanar Restaurant)|
Apparently it is not.
Maryam, my Emirati co-worker and first Dubai friend took me to Dubai's only - yes, ONLY - Emirati restaurant, Al Fanar and it was yummy!
Since she knows the drill, I let Maryam do the ordering.
We enjoyed hobool (fish roe), jesheed (shark), machboos samak (chicken and rice), and finally leqaimat (Arabic donutholes).
The meal was delicious. And the company was fantastic.
Look at me, learning stuff about the local culture.