Dubai: Why Filipinos love Mc David’s Restaurant

Miss your mom’s favorite dish and tinapay served at home in the Philippines? Now, if you’re in Dubai, you don’t have to worry about longing for your fave foods for a hundred plus reasons. Mc David’s has a long list of authentic Filipino dishes and breads to serve you. Mc David’s Group of Restaurants opened four years ago with its newest branch at Al Rigga Street in Diera near Al Rigga Metro Station.


It’s a 100 % Pinoy’s best Restaurant and Bakeshop offering only the best of the Philippine Islands authentic cuisines can offer. From as far as Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, they have on their menu signature dishes for each region. Nevertheless, they are considered as the number one and the only 100%  Pinoy’s Best Restaurant and Bakeshop operating in Dubai by many loyal guests.

With its strategic location in Deira’s Al Rigga Street, they come-up with the idea of serving international cuisines as well to cater for tourist around the area. Now, Mc David’s doesn’t only offers Filipino Dishes, expect to have a blend of Italian food, Japanese, Thai cuisines, Chinese delicacies, and very soon, they will unfold the Filipino style shawarma.

One of the best things about why people love Mc David’s is that the restaurant strive to be better each day, from the outdoor and indoor looks of it, you’ll surely love Mc David’s. The restaurant has a garden full of flowers outdoors if you miss your gardens back-home and an indoor fish aquarium to soothe our senses.

As one of the diners say, “I love Mc David’s because they always have a new thing to offer for everyone”. And believe me, they ONLY USE 100% CERTIFIED ANGUS beef on their steaks and ribs.

Angus Beef Steak & Shrimps

Angus Beef Steaks and Shrimps


Authentic. Deliciously irresistible. This is how we look at Mc David’s services. “What we have are proudly Pinoy. What we offer to Filipinos are those that we lack in Dubai,” said the owners Paul and Ella, the charismatic owners who have been dropping from one restaurant to another years back because they yearned for that food.

So, they made a great decision of their life to establish their own and satisfy the quest for that absolute Pinoy food. Mc David is actually a name of the owner’s son. “Name all Filipino food and we have it. If we don’t have it now, just give us your request and we will make them available to you.”

Truly, on their menu are mouth-watering Pinoy food such as the original Bacolod chicken inasal, Paella Filipino, Beef Bulalo, Sinigang na Bulalo, Daingsilog, Tapsilog, Chicken sisig, Bangus sisig, fresh Tuna Kinilaw, Pansit Malabon, Pancit Palabok and Lapaz Batchoy. But please don’t brush aside their special lists of signature dishes like – the Balbacua de Cebu, Sizzling Seafoods, Oxtail kare-kare, Relyenong bangus, chicken and shrimps and lumpiang sariwa (fresh lumpia) for if you do, you will regret. May I add, I like their Bopis. It’s great. Oh, the Lechong manok is superb, parang nasa Pinas lang ba.


Chicken Inasal

Balbacua de Cebu (1)

Balbacua de Cebu

Beef Mechado

Beef Mechado


Sizzling Seafoods

Sizzling Seafoods

And when your stomach is full, you have no choice but eat Pinoy desserts for they are simply irresistible. Try their buko pandan, biko, halayang ube – all that appeal to your sense of taste -and you will keep coming back to this food spot.

Biko - Kakanin

Biko Kakanin

You can buy their products fairly at Kabayan price. Needless to say, their food can be yours at very affordable prices. “Our customers get good value for their money,” said the owner who has been into food business for many years. Foods are perfectly taken cared of by Filipino chefs whose expertise and kitchen practices of more than ten years can never be underestimated. An all Filipino amiable staff, under the guidance of the owner’s better-half, Ella now numbering to 30 from the original four, are truly prepared for their job so that you will be truly comfortable while you dine in the restaurant.


With the excellent management and cuisines, it’s not surprising at all that Filipino celebrities take time out of their busy schedule in Dubai to try Mc David’s. On the record, they welcomed with pride Showtime hosts and Itchy worm vocalists known as Jugs; April Boy Regino, the Pinoy Idol ng Bayan; Slapshock and Wolfgang Bands, the hard core metal band;  Viva Hotbabes, Sarah Lopez, Jaycee Parker, Jennifer Lee; Sexbomb girl Nicole;  and the prince of Philippine Ballads, Gerald Santos. The list of celebrities keeps on growing.

Last year, during the celebration of the Philippines 115th Independence, Yeng Constantino and Paulo Avelino had their turn to experience dinner at Mc David’s.

Yeng and Paulo w Team Mc Davids

Team Mc Davids with singer Yeng Constantino and actor Paolo Avelino

The restaurant has now become popular and demands escalate to a higher level that the owner thought of launching a product distribution scheme, initially in many corners of Dubai. Their specialized packed bread products like their “sweet” pandesal will be made available to supermarkets so that when you go down from your flat, they’re just a grab away.


“Sa lasa, presyo at serbisyo, Mc David’s is simply the best,” said one customer we spotted at the restaurant. Rico Cardonega, who is known as Micmaster and endorser of Day to Day, Pilipinex and Maharlika TV, believes that Filipinos “come here because they like what they eat”. I understand the management makes sure that we will keep on coming back.” Put simply in Tagalog, “balik-balikan at hanap-hanapin mo ang lasang Pinoy” that you have tried here at Mc David’s.

While these complements are heart-warming, the owner stressed that in all the food preparation, they put complete ingredients to suit the palate of customer. “We don’t make tipid with ingredients because we believe that clients deserve only the best.”

And to ensure that Mc David’s will be a unique food spot in Dubai, the owner has created a distinct menu. We can say with certainty that only in Mc David’s you will get the chance to eat the pandesisig or pandesal with sisig inside, pan de empanada, pan de corned beef and ensaymada ala Mc Davids.



Ube Roll

Ube Roll

Never miss their not your usual pandesal. If it’s time for you to sip coffee or milk, three pieces of pandesal will cost you only one dirham. You can bring more bread on your way home for they will last three to four days. For a tastier experience, Mc David’s accepts outdoor catering, party packages, accommodation canteens and all catering needs. For reservation inquiries and express delivery, call 04-2395498 or 055-4613458 or email:

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IMG_3984THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique.  While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.


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