Dubai is all about a desert and beach experience, and yes, the shopping is superb. But the restaurants here are also worth sampling. The city boasts some superb dining options – here is our choice of some of the best.
La Petite Maison
It’s listed as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world, and this stunning establishment boasts a menu featuring superb Genoese fare known as Cuisine Nicoise. The dishes originate from Nice and combine the best of Mediterranean flavors, a perfect blend of Ligurian Italian tastes and the magnificent traditions of the French Riviera. Seafood is superb, and the meat and fresh pasta dishes are quite sublime. Chefs recreate superb dishes using traditional French ingredients such as lemons, tomatoes, olives, peppers, artichokes and olive oil. A meal here is a culinary delight.
Cuba Latin Restaurant, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
Reach this stunning rooftop bar and restaurant by glass elevator and enjoy panoramic views and superb Latin American food. It’s a touch of Cuba in the midst of Dubai, an authentic Cuban delight with superb cigars and infused rum, not to mention some delectable dishes. Relax on plush couches with a drink and soak up the atmosphere.
Dubai is full of surprises – and here, on the second floor of the Emirates Towers shopping mall, you will find one of them, a tiny corner of Tokyo in the midst of this Middle Eastern metropolis. This modern fusion Japanese restaurant offers a selection of delicious dishes, from sushi and sashimi to Teppanyaki grills and beyond. Whether you’re savoring sublime grilled food prepared by your personal chef or enjoying a savory noodle or stir-fry dish, you’re guaranteed food that is as authentic as it is delicious.
On the second floor of the Emirates Towers shopping arcade, you’ll find the Dubai branch of the famous Monaco establishment frequented by the rich and famous - and it’s just as good. It’s also just as sophisticated and stylish, complete with a red carpet, and an elegant exclusivity that is hard to beat. The dining space is small, but there’s a bar and DJ station too. Sass offers a touch of theater, and its food is quite sublime – a combination of Mediterranean flavors served with aplomb.
This restaurant serves superb Indian cuisine, an exotic combination of taste sensations from Northern India. The restaurant is simply decorated in shades of rich orange, red and brown, leaving the color and flavor of the food to speak for itself. A live band plays contemporary Bollywood music while you dine on exotic delights. An evening here is an unforgettable experience.
When it comes to dining, Dubai offers a melting pot of cultures. And the Thai offerings at Pai Thai are well worth experiencing. From the moment you step on the abra boat to traverse the waterways en route to the restaurant, you know you’re in for a traditional treat. The dishes are not only authentic, they’re light and aromatic, a culinary journey to the heart of Thailand in one sitting. Of course, the restaurant has won awards for its superb cuisine – so book ahead to make sure you get a table.
Zuma has won acclaim as one of Dubai’s best Japanese restaurants. Located in the city’s International Financial Center in the heart of the city, the restaurant prides itself on serving Japanese Izakaya style – a contemporary twist on traditional Japanese cuisine that is more informal while still sophisticated. It’s well worth the experience - and the food is quite delicious.
This superb restaurant serves dishes created by the famous Austrian-born American celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, famous for his modern steak restaurants located in the US, London and Singapore. Situated in the new contemporary downtown hotel The Address, Cut marks the chef’s first venture into the Middle East. The food is modern, the menu predominantly steaks and the meat is quite superb. Connoisseurs love it here, as they can indulge in prime aged beef from Australia and the US or 100% Japanese Wagyu beef. Of course, if you prefer fish or shellfish, there’s a selection of seafood, too.
The city isn’t without some gastronomic restaurants worth their salt – one of these is Clé, a newly opened restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef and author, Greg Malouf. Diners experience the best of contemporary Middle Eastern cuisine and there’s also a stunning bar offering cutting edge cocktails, a lounge and open-air terrace. In addition, there’s a VIP area with an exclusive entrance for more intimate functions.
Iris Rooftop Restaurant and Bar, The Oberoi
Located on the 27th floor of the magnificent Oberoi Dubai, this rooftop restaurant and bar opened in June 2014, making it the newest addition to the rooftop dining and drinking scene. Aside from an extensive menu offering international cuisine, the Iris also offers a selection of specialty fruit cocktails and mocktails that one can enjoy while soaking up the stunning city views. Music is offered to accompany the experience, courtesy of various live bands.
One of Dubai’s most popular rooftop restaurants and cocktail lounges, 40 Kong is located in the midst of Dubai’s CBD on the 40th floor of the H Hotel. With its breathtaking panoramic views of the city, excellent food offerings and varied drinks menu, this exquisite establishment buzzes from sunset onwards right into the wee hours.