From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2010A trip to the XVA is a Dubai necessity. It might not have the ‘gastrocaf’ credentials of more celebrated rivals but its setting at the heart of Bastakiya’s unofficial art quarter gives it the edge over most rivals. We’re not saying the food is substandard – on the contrary – more than a dozen salads and vegetarian dishes make this a healthy eater’s paradise. We especially recommend the fragrant mojardara to first timers. Housed in the XVA Hotel (one of Dubai’s genuinely untainted gems) it ticks every box for a cool weekend hangout right down to the friendly staff, resident cat and sleepy backstreet vibe.