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No frills cafeterias take the cake.

Byline: Rabab Khan, Community Interactivity Editor

Dubai: If you have the urge to eat a shawarma or drink fresh juice, the fastest way to get your hands on them would be to drive to a nearby cafeteria.

With almost no table service, these cafeterias are designed to serve their customers at a fast pace. Most customers do not even have to step out of their cars to order their favourite economical meal.

The waiters usually have the menu memorised and the items can be altered according to one's taste.

Sara Kareem, a 26-year-old Indian expatriate, loves the seafood available at a cafeteria on Jumeirah Beach Road, in Dubai.

She said: "Around a year ago, our friends took us to Bu Qtair Cafeteria. Due to the rush, it took us 45 minutes to reach the counter. Once there, we chose our meals, which were reasonably priced. After ordering, we had to wait another 45 minutes for our meal, but it was worth it."

Sara suggests that everyone should try the fish and 'paratha' at this cafeteria.

Saif Ali, an Iraqi expatriate, finds excuses to stop at his favourite cafeteria on his way to work. He said: "Before Al Garhoud Bridge there is the Seashell Cafeteria, which is my favourite. I park close to the cafeteria and order my usual meal. Back in high school, I visited this cafeteria several times with my friends. They have excellent service and the meals are extremely tasty."

Rajeev Sukumaran, an Indian expatriate, ends up eating out quite often.

He said: "Usually, my family orders quick snacks, mostly from cafeterias that have pampered us with their variety and quick service. Jebel Al Noor cafeteria opposite Rashid Hospital, in the Oud Metha area, Bur Dubai, is very close to our residence and becomes our first choice. My family loves their chicken shawarma and fresh juices."

Nerissa Nilo, a Filipina expatriate, loves the meals at Hot Burger Cafeteria located in Al Khan, Sharjah.

She said: "Their shawarma is our favourite midnight snack. Recently, we moved homes, but we continue to order from the same branch as the waiters are really friendly."

Dr Tanim I. Aziz, a 25-year-old medical doctor, developed a liking for a cafeteria close to his dormitory while at university.

"I went to Gulf Medical University in Ajman. There was a cafeteria close to our dorm called Ultima Fast and Taste Cafeteria. It provided everything from delicious chicken shawarma to grilled chicken. Their service was really quick and the meals were inexpensive and hygienic. Whenever I go to Ajman, I stop at the cafeteria," he said.

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Date:Sep 25, 2009
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