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Whether it’s your first time or a returning visit, every trip to Dubai showcases just how much the emirate is constantly changing and evolving. Towering skyscrapers pop up as if from nowhere, and there’s always a different experience to be had. The same can be said for the dining scene with cafés and restaurants popping up, waiting for customers to take up a table, knife and fork at the ready. The perfect holiday couldn’t be done without a visit to any of our top restaurant picks. Like salt is to pepper, dessert is to main course and fish is to chips, you can’t have an unforgettable getaway without devouring a feast of wonderful gastronomy. 
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  • Netsu at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai

    This Japanese steakhouse from acclaimed chef Ross Shonhan is one of the dining super stars at the newly opened Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai. Grilled dishes, sushi and sashimi platters all make up the menu, crafted using the traditional Japanese cooking technique of Warayaki otherwise known as straw fire cooking. Accompany this with a signature cocktail list and a Sake Sommelier and you have the perfect meal in paradise. The restaurant itself is sophisticated and contemporary, with stunning artwork on the walls all complemented by beautiful Dubai views courtesy of the large terrace.
     
    Netsu can be found at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai. Find out more about the hotel here.
     
    Opening Hours:
    Dinner 6.30pm – 11.30pm
    Netsu Bar 6.30pm – 2am

  • Torno Subito at W Dubai – The Palm

    Restaurateur Massimo Bottura’s first venture outside Italy, Torno Subito takes guests back to the 1960s with its retro yet contemporary interiors and Italian dishes. The creative genius behind the three Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana in Modena, Bottura has crafted culinary genius with every mouthful. Take a seat in one of the multi-coloured booths or enjoy your feast on the sands of the al fresco terrace for a beachside treat. Alternatively, take your meal to the waters as you book a pedalo for up to four people and enjoy a unique hour of amazing fare, brilliant company and fantastic views.
     
    W Dubai – The Palm is a haven of luxury that’s waiting for your arrival. Discover more about the hotel here.
     
    Opening Hours:
    Monday – Sunday 12pm – 3pm and 7pm – 11pm

  • Opa at Fairmont Dubai

    Authentic Mediterranean flavours take hold at OPA. Found within the walls of Fairmont Dubai, this restaurant takes you on a culinary journey through Greece from starter right through to dessert in a setting that looks like it’s been plucked straight from the Aegan Sea. Think tzatziki yoghurt dip, orzo lobster salad and the traditional marulosalata which combines romaine lettuce, raddichio, artichoke hearts, olives and fresh herbs. Make sure to finish off your meal with the baklava sundae which has homemade pistachio and Greek yoghurt ice cream as two of the ingredients.
     
    Discover more about Opa here or to book your next Dubai getaway call one of our personal travel managers on 0203 816 0985.
     
    Opening Hours:
    Saturday – Wednesday 7pm – 1am
    Thursday – Friday 7pm – 2am


     

  • Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Dubai

    Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai is one of the newest hotels in the emirate and promises a magical stay. Located on the newly opened Bluewaters Island, your days will be filled with eccentric entertainment and wonderful memories. Gordan Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Dubai serves up a storm with its range of gourmet cuisine. Signature dishes such as beef wellington, eggs in purgatory and sticky toffee pudding are an absolute must when dining here and the live cooking stations are sure to add some fire to your meal. There’s even a Hellicious Brunch based on the hit TV show that turns up the heat with culinary challenges and free-flowing drinks.
     
    Bringing Las Vegas to the UAE, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai offers an unforgettable holiday. To find out more about the hotel click here.
     

    Opening Hours:
    Breakfast 7am – 10.30am
    Lunch 12pm – 3.30pm
    Dinner 6pm – 11.30pm
    Friday Brunch 12.30pm – 4pm

  • Wavehouse at Atlantis, The Palm

    Families are sure to be in their element when dining at Atlantis, The Palm’s newest restaurant, Wavehouse. This gastropub-meets-family-entertainment-centre guarantees a good time with amazing food just the starting point. A range of home comforts are dotted throughout the menu, and there’s also a bowling alley, a wave rider and a soft play area to take advantage of too. If you’re looking for a place to rest your feet or burn off the last of your energy from Aquaventure Waterpark, you can call off the search. 
     
    Atlantis, The Palm is a world away from the everyday. Underwater rooms, an aquarium, fine dining restaurants and more… luxury knows no bounds. Find out more about the hotel here.
     
    Opening Hours:
    Saturday – Wednesday 12pm – 1am
    Thursday – Friday 12pm – 3am

  • Ena Restaurant

    Located in the shopping mall The Pointe, Ena Restaurant is a Mediterranean lover’s dream with Greek cuisine left, right and centre. Just the thought of braised lamb shank, moussaka and Greek seabass fillet is making our mouth water, and with the contemporary furnishings including a rather impressive stone-carved bar, a glamorous evening is sure to ensue. Ingredients have been imported from some of the finest producers and farms in Greece, so an authentic meal is guaranteed. And of course, the marvellous vistas of The Palm are the cherry on top.
     
    Tantalise your taste buds even more and book a trip to the emirate by enquiring here. Find out more about hotels on The Palm here, or discover the delights of Ena by scrolling through its website.
     
    Opening Hours:
    Sunday – Thursday 3pm – 12am
    Friday – Saturday 12pm – 1am

  • Rue Royale By Matthieu Viannay

    Another addition to The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah is Rue Royale By Matthieu Viannay. A menu of French culinary delights that you normally wouldn’t find in Dubai have been crafted by the two Michelin-starred chef, who also has the notable title of Meilleir Ouvrier de France. Interiors are inspired by the streets of Lyon, with French artwork on the walls however if you want to soak up the sun then there’s a delightful terrace to take advantage of.
     
    Make your mouth water even more and visit Rue Royale’s website here.
     
    Opening Hours:
    Saturday – Wednesday 12pm – 10.30pm
    Thursday – Friday 12pm – 11.30pm

  • Kizmet

    With a red carpet leading into the restaurant, diners will feel like VIP’s even before sitting down at Kizmet. Translating as ‘fate’ or ‘destiny’ in 14 languages, the eatery serves modern soul food inspired by the traditional meals that the staff from across the world grew up with. Dishes include duck pizza, cactus salad and oxtail pasta. Alternatively, order My Girlfriend Is Not Hungry and devour avocado fries with habanero mayo. There’s a social working space if you’re in Dubai for business, as well as a fully serviced bar so you can extend your evening meal to the early hours. As this venue neighbours the Dubai Opera, it makes for the perfect meal before seeing a show, too.
     
    Discover more about Kizmet by visiting its website here.
     
    Opening Hours:
    Saturday – Wednesday: 
    Kitchen 12pm – 11.30pm
    Bar 12pm – 1am
    Thursday to Friday
    Kitchen 12pm – 12.30am
    Bar 12pm – 1am

  • Alici

    Bringing the seaside flavours of the Amalfi Coast to Bluewaters Island of Dubai, Alici is a restaurant that promises amazing cuisine in one of the most stylish new areas of the emirate. Exuding class and comfort with its chic Italian-inspired interiors, tuck into a range of seafood and Mediterranean delights that are sure to leave your palate pleased. Indulge in an interactive seafood dining experience courtesy of the seating around the raw seafood counter before enjoying a superb bottle of wine from one of the 250 world-class labels available.
     
    Discover more about Alici on its website here. To book your next Dubai trip, call one of our personal travel managers on 0203 816 0985 now.
     
    Opening Hours: 
    Monday – Sunday 12pm – 3.30pm, 7pm – 12am

  • Indya By Vineet at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa

    Exploding onto Dubai’s culinary scene in January 2018, Indya By Vineet at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa is a modern Indian restaurant like no other. Launched by Chef Vineet Bhatia, every dish on the menu has a story to tell from various worldwide adventures. The result of this is a wealth of 70 meals crafted using classical cooking styles and new ingredients. Quinoa-crusted fish cakes, lamb tikki cheese melt, the list goes on and on. Interior-wise the hotel draws heavy inspiration from India with the focal design aspect of the restaurant being The Omnipresent Ganesha, the deity icon from Vineet’s birth town of Mumbai.
     
    Just a stone’s throw away from the Arabian Gulf and its inviting sands, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa holds the torch when it comes to luxury living and you’re invited. Call one of our personal travel managers now to book your next Dubai trip or enquire here.
     

    Opening Hours:
    Monday – Sunday 7pm – 12am

  • Marea Dubai 

    If you’re in Dubai for business, Marea Dubai in the emirate’s international financial centre (DIFC) is the place to be when you’re feeling peckish. A chic Italian restaurant with a party atmosphere, Marea has seen success in New York City where it’s consistently received two Michelin stars. Now the restaurant chain is expanding to the UAE. Coastal seafood is dominant on the menu, with special antipasti dishes and award-winning handmade pastas also made daily onsite. Prime grilled meats are sure to go down a treat, and there’s even a signature dish called passera di mare. Fluke fish crudo topped with caviar and gold leaf… you can tell you’re in Dubai.
     
    Find out more about Marea by visiting its website here.
     
    Opening Hours:
    Sunday – Thursday 12pm – 4pm, 7pm – 1am
    Friday and Saturday 12 – 4pm, 7pm – 3am

  • Taverna Greek

    Follow the scent of rich and flavoursome food when wandering through Souk Madinat Jumeirah and you’ll come to Taverna Greek. A recent addition to the Dubai culinary scene, flavours of Rhodes, Athens and Crete are sure to please. Along with the rustic yet chic interiors, every meal is delightful especially with options such as kadaifi prawns, tuna cappaccio and spinach pie salad only adding to the authenticity. Live cooking stations add a little drama to your dinner, while the buffet breakfast will have you seizing the day in no time.
     
    Click here to visit the Taverna Greek website.
     
    Opening Hours:
    Sunday – Wednesday 12pm – 12am
    Thursday – Saturday 12pm – 1am

  • ONI Lounge & Restaurant

    If Japanese fare is your food of choice then ONI Lounge & Restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai should be your go to. Bowls of ramen, kushiyaki skewers, the signature 48-hour miso marinated black cod and sweet matcha desserts… the hardest choice is what to pick from the extensive menu that uses ingredients imported from Hokkaido. The venue itself is chic and open-plan in style, so what could be a lovely dinner with friends might easily turn into evening drinks until the early hours.
     
    Discover more about ONI Lounge & Restaurant here.
     
    Opening Hours
    Monday – Sunday 6pm – 3am

  • mIX by Alain Ducasse at Emerald Palace Kempinski

     
    Seasonal dishes with a distinct French influence can be found at mIX by Alain Ducasse. Spread across three floors, this magnificent dining destination looks out onto The Palm as well as the Arabian Gulf, and there’s even an exclusive chef’s table atop a three-storey Fabergé egg that only a privileged few can enter via a private elevator. With 21 Michelin stars under his belt the food that’s crafted by Alain Ducasse is exquisite. Wagyu beef with mango on a bed of avocado, Oriental croquettes, lobster dried pasta and black truffles… you’ll never have tasted a meal quite like one at this restaurant.
     
    mIX by Alain Ducasse can be found at Emerald Palace Kempinski. If you want to learn exactly how Ducasse got his reputation then a dine here is a must. Call one of our personal travel managers now on 0203 816 0985 to book your next trip to Dubai.
     
    Opening Hours:
     Monday – Wednesday 7pm – 12am
    Thursday – Friday 7pm – 1am

  • Open Flame Kitchen

    Open Flame Kitchen aka OFK is the perfect pick-me-up after a long day of shopping at The Dubai Mall. Located on the first floor just two doors down from Burberry, this upscale designer restaurant that originated in Kuwait is a melting pot of gourmet cuisine from all over the world. A show fire grill adds some pizazz to your meal and showcases the culinary skills of the chefs. Burgers, salads, pizza, seafood and more are all available to tuck into, with a focus on sharing so you can sample a few different dishes during your evening.

      
    Scroll through the menu and gallery by visiting the Open Flame Kitchen’s website here.
     
    Opening Hours:
    Monday – Sunday 12pm – 12am

  • The London Project

    The London Project is the perfect venue for a meal with loved ones or a working lunch with colleagues. With its neighbour being the 200-metre tall Ain Dubai ferris wheel on Bluewaters Island, this vine-covered venue is in the ideal location for a memorable meal. Called The London Project as it celebrates the diversity of the capital city in both its people and cuisine, a range of international dishes grace the menu. Oysters that come with either rhubarb granite or ponzu and lime caviar, pulled-beef tacos with black garlic mayo and fish and chips where the fish has been battered in champagne… expect international dishes with a high-end twist here.
      
    To book your next trip to Dubai enquire here or call one of our personal travel managers on 0203 816 0985.
     
    Opening Hours
    Sunday – Wednesday 9am – 1am
    Thursday – Saturday – 9am – 3am

  • The Galliard at Address Downtown

    Dancing waiters, flamboyant service, live entertainment and delicious cuisine, The Galliard at Address Downtown is more then just a restaurant to satisfy your hunger. Indulge in Turkish delicacies that also draw inspiration from Italy, France and Spain, and what amalgamates is a phenomenal meal from the moment you sit down. As well as an open kitchen and a wine cellar there’s also a sophisticated cocktail bar and an open-air terrace that looks out onto the iconic Burj Khalifa. Shall we reserve you a table now?
     
    Every visit to Dubai promises something different. Whether it be hotels, restaurants or things to do, new experiences are just around the corner. Enquire here about your next Middle Eastern adventure or call one of our personal travel managers on 0203 816 0985 now.
     
    Opening Hours:
    Monday – Sunday 4.30pm – 3am

  • OPSO Dubai

    Modern Greek flavours blend into contemporary design when dining at OPSO Dubai. Another addition to the culinary army of delights at The Dubai Mall in Fashion Avenue, there are three distinct ways to banquet at this venue. Whether you want to tuck into the modern dishes as part of OPSO Dining, unwind at OPSO Social or enjoy shisha and mezze with Dubai Fountain views at OPSO Prive, this diverse venue promises a memorable meal no matter the occasion. Heralding from London’s Marylebone, this first international venture is sure to be a success with sharing-style tapas dishes ensuring your taste buds are tantalised.
     
    Your dream Dubai getaway is a mere phone call away. Call one of our personal travel managers on 0203 816 0985 now or enquire here.
     
    Opening Hours:
    Monday – Sunday 10am – 12am

Guy Humphrey

Guy Humphrey is a Content Writer

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