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Three lip-smack­ing places to try this month

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TAIPEI DAO

We love a bit of Asian food but it can be un­for­giv­ing on the waist­line. Thank­fully, Felice Liao, owner of Taipei Dao, a brand new Tai­wanese restau­rant in Down­town Dubai, is on a mis­sion to change that. The key is in the qual­ity of her in­gre­di­ents, many of which are im­ported from Tai­wan – from the an­tiox­i­dant-rich tea seed oil used for fry­ing the de­li­cious spring rolls to the sweet potato flour that coats the crispy pep­per chicken. Even the choco­late lava cake is healthy(ish), thanks to the use of or­ganic whole­wheat flour and dark choco­late. There’s even an on-site spe­cial­ity food store sell­ing ev­ery­thing you’ll need to try to recre­ate these guilt-free treats at home.

Southridge Tower 4, Down­town Dubai, Dubai, Tue to Sun noon to 3pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Tel: (04) 4510694. Taxi: Southridge. taipei­dao.com

BLACK TAP

Even if you have yet to eat at Black Tap, chances are you’ve seen pic­tures of this trendy new Jumeirah Al Naseem restau­rant all over your In­sta­gram. The New York ex­port has al­ready be­come well known for its mas­sive milk­shakes that seem to con­tain an en­tire Dubai brunch’s worth of calo­ries. Be sure to try the in­cred­i­ble burg­ers too (the steak poivre with green pep­per­corn sauce is par­tic­u­larly good), along with the Korean spiced chicken wings and the tangy fish tacos. Need­less to say, it’s not a place to count calo­ries. The drinks menu is ex­ten­sive, and the bar looks set to be­come the go-to venue in Dubai for craft brew con­nois­seurs. Pre­pare to queue.

Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Al Su­fouh, Dubai, daily 11am to 12.30am. Tel: (04) 4229904. Taxi: Jumeirah Al Naseem (next to Mina A’Salam). jumeirah.com

BRIDGE­WA­TER TAV­ERN

Imag­ine a burger so messy that the restau­rant gives you a bib to wear while you eat it. That’s ex­actly what you’ll find at Bridge­wa­ter Tav­ern, a new sports bar tucked away on the ground floor of the JW Mar­riott Mar­quis. If you or­der the sig­na­ture burger, a pho­to­genic gi­ant with a black sesame seed bun, you get a set of la­tex gloves and a plas­tic bib to pro­tect your clothes. That’s not the only quirky fea­ture: the chicken wings are coated in a spicy sauce by be­ing mixed at your ta­ble in a cock­tail shaker and ta­bles come com­plete with built in ice-buck­ets.

JW Mar­riott Mar­quis, Busi­ness Bay, Dubai, daily 4pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 4140000. Taxi: JW Mar­riott Mar­quis. jw­mar­riottmar­quis­dubail­ife.com

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