Okay, technically, Al Mukhtar isn’t really in Dubai. It’s located at the edge of Dubai and a bit into Sharjah. Well, it is in Sharjah. But who cares? Al Mukhtar Bakery is an institution and was not missed as part of my Dubai Last Suppers, which was oh-so cleverly and strategically planned with a certain work related meeting in a Sharjah location. So, of course, Al Mukhtar was a must stop before we trekked back into Dubai.
Though hidden behind some thick palm fronds and lines of cars loaded with fellow hungry people, Al Mukhtar is not hard to miss. If one has the nose that knows good food, you will never ever miss Al Mukhtar Bakery. Just follow the long lines of cars parked along the dusty service road, which does last until wee hours in the morning without fail. In the numerous times I’ve past Al Mukhtar, there is always, always a line. Remember the good food principle? If there’s a line for food, then it must be good.
And their freshly baked to order manakeesh is oh so good! Though they do have every flavor imaginable, I prefer the cheese manousheh. If there is one flavor that you must order, it is this one: thin layer of bubbling mildy salty cheese over a thin crust with crunchy, crispy edges. Ohlala!
Aside from seriously knee-weakening manakeesh, Al Mukhtar Bakery also serves other baked treats such as your pita bread, baguette, and company, plus pastries including my favorite kunafa nama (melted nabulsi cheese topped with semolina and sugar syrup) and maamoul (date stuffed pastries) and cakes too.
Another thing you should not miss in Al Mukhtar: the energy of the staff, who can always manage to sneak in a genuine smile and even pose for photos despite the insane hustle and bustle of the bakery. Notably, there is actually one Filipino baker (the only one I think), who will surprise you as he can speak in rapid fire Arabic. Such a joy to see Filipinos thrive in their respective work environments J
So if you haven’t visited Al Mukhtar Bakery, head there NOW. It is worth braving the Sharjah traffic!
Al Mukhtar Bakery
Al Ittihad Road, Sharjah, UAE
Delirious about delicious,