Calling all '80s, '90s kids: Dubai restaurant turns family home into nostalgic haven.
16 October 2023, 12:00 AM
30 November 2023, 12:00 AM
A Dubai restaurant has transformed into a living museum of sorts, providing customers with a nostalgic haven where they can relive their childhood memories in the UAE.
Owned by Emirati national Ahmad Al Mansoori, Al Embratoor Cook & Restaurant is a hidden gem that instantly transports you to the 90s.
To begin with, the restaurant looks nothing special from the outside. However, this tiny eatery tucked away in a quaint corner of Hamriya in Dubai’s Al Mamzar, is a treasure trove of all things 90s. Upon entering the restaurant, the first thing that captivates guests is the visual treat of nostalgia. “There are over 2,500 photos here, and were stapled by me on the wall. [The wall] has [photos of] the landmarks of old Dubai, Sharjah and other emirates. Some of them I clicked, some are bought, and some are collected online,” said Al Mansoori.
Al Embratoor is filled with relics from previous generations – some of them are as old as 80.
For those who are fond of watching TV while eating lunch or dinner, there is an old VCR set and video cassettes of Bollywood and Hollywood movies.
The old TV sets, tape recorders, and gramophones bring echoes of the past. “They are the storytellers of what the old era was. Each of them was a technological marvel in those days,” said Al Mansoori. The restaurant also boasts a collection of well-functioning audio and video cassettes.
One of the many cool collections includes an array of soft drink bottles from the 1980’s and 1990’s. Al Mansoori also has vintage cans, and old cigarettes and beedis.
Then, there are neat displays of perfumes from the 1960s, bottles of sealed shampoo, and soaps in their original wrappers.
Al Mansoori serves authentic Emirati dishes along with some Indian and Lebanese cuisines. He gets regular customers from government departments, who love to remember the past. “My restaurant serves as a perfect place for officials and delegates who visit the country from outside. They just love seeing the old charm of Dubai and UAE. Guests here spent more time exploring every corner of the restaurant than [eating] their food,” said Al Mansoori.