Time Out Kids UAE


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Outlets are listed according to Time Out Dubai award category. Timings and prices may change after we go to press, so we advise you to call and book ahead.

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Lana Lusa Three cheers for traditiona­l Portuguese food. This cute neighbourh­ood restaurant is in the everexpand­ing foodie destinatio­n that is the Wasl 51 complex, and it boasts a petite terrace and a menu of beautiful, simple cooking. Service is knowledgea­ble and friendly, while dishes sing with authentic flavours. The menu includes salted codfish croquettes and arroz de tamboril (an umami-packed fish-based rice stew), and don’t miss the utterly moreish Portuguese custard tarts pasteis de nata. (Top tip: you can buy a box to take away, too.)

→ Wasl 51, Al Safa, www.lanalusa.com

(04 380 1515).

Goldfish Sushi & Yakitori

This cool, contempora­ry Japanese-inspired restaurant comes from chef Akmal Anuar and partner Inez Tantyanna, the chef who founded former Time Out award-winner 3 Fils.

The menu at this low-key spot in The Galleria includes loads of tasty robata grills as well as a selection of excellent sushi. One of the trendiest new spots in town, and well worth checking out.

→ The Galleria, Al Wasl

Road, Jumeirah www. goldfishsu­shiyakitor­i.com

(04 886 4966).

SLAB From chef Omar Rodriguez, SLAB set up shop in Mercato Mall in late 2020, and brings with it the Peruvian cook’s refined, globally influenced take on Latin American cuisine. Expect everything from zingy ceviche to grilled octopus, chicken sandos, spicy noodles and more – all done with flair.

→ Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah, instagram.com/slab.dxb

(056 853 9905).


CLAP A cool, Beirut-born restaurant, there’s been heaps of noise about

CLAP since its opening in December 2020. Boasting a restaurant, bar, lounge and outdoor terrace, CLAP serves up modern Japanese cuisine with a dash of the Peruvian. There’s a full vegan menu too, plus a range of grills from the Josper oven. Décor-wise you’ll be greeted by a huge chandelier, made up of 2,100 toys. You’ll have to see it to believe it.

→ Gate Village 11, DIFC, www.claprestau­rant.com (04 569 3820).

This popular Abu Dhabi sushi joint opened in Dubai in late 2020, right in the shadow of the city’s famed Burj Khalifa. Housed at Address Downtown, expect stunning dishes with an iconic view. Sushi here is among the very best in town (don’t miss the salmon flambé) while the black cod and wagyu steaks are a hit too, and the vibe is fun and friendly.

→ Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai, www.99sushibar.com

(04 547 2241).

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

A lively, fresh take on a classic, this fancy restaurant from the late Joël Robuchon serves up elegant food and a vibrant atmosphere in DIFC. There’s an open kitchen and buzzing terrace, while highlights on the menu include a selection of Robuchon’s signature dishes including crispy poached egg with caviar, truffle pizza, veggie ceviche and more.

→ Gate Village 11, DIFC, www.atelier-robuchon.ae

(04 297 7729).


Indochine One of the coolest spots in DIFC, Indochine boasts tropical foliage and chic vibes. There’s a relaxed lounge area, a terrace and a retro-glam dining room.

Set up in New York in 1984, Indochine opened in Dubai in late 2019 and has been a hit ever since, picking up Time Out Dubai’s Best Fine Dining Newcomer award in 2020. A French-Vietnamese spot, the dishes are adventurou­s, and it really does pay off. Make sure you don’t miss the Vietnamese ravioli or the summer rolls, while the drinks are creative, too.

→ Gate Precinct Building 3, DIFC, www.indochined­xb.com

(04 208 9333).

BB Social Dining There are all the Bs at this place, but the one you won’t find is boring. Dishes come from creative culinary brains and the bao, bites, bowls and barbecue plates are inventive, creative and cool. From edamame hummus to soft shell crab bao, everything is delicious and has had buckets of thought and care poured into it. Don’t miss the katsu sandos too, they’re top (so good there’s now a delivery side-line), and while you’re here the baonut is a must for dessert fans.

→ Gate Village DIFC, www.thisisbb.com

(04 407 4444).

Shanghai Me From the team behind GAIA, Scalini, Ciprani and more, this homegrown spot is seriously popular. The setting is ’20s glam and the flavours assembled in the kitchen come from all over

Asia. The dim sum is a hit, while the stir-fries are not to be missed either. A chic pan-Asian haunt in DIFC with a glam vibe.

→ Gate Village 11, DIFC, www.shanghaime-restaurant. com (04 564 0505).


Hutong Yes, the one from London’s The Shard. One of the star ingredient­s at Hutong is the humble chilli, and this restaurant’s reputation is just as hot as its spicy dishes. Plates are stuffed full of flavour and imaginatio­n – trust us, you’ll understand when you get down there – and with the option to inject as much heat as you like into orders, there’s no reason not to embrace the spice. A global name that’s livening up Dubai’s Chinese restaurant scene.

→ Gate Building 6, DIFC, www.hutong-dubai.com

(04 220 0868)

Long Teng Long Teng specialise­s in seafood, and after a single bite we’ve no doubt you too will be hooked. The restaurant prides itself on authentic flavours and ingredient­s, too, so get ready to try dishes you might not have before. Plus there’s a spectacula­r dim sum menu to set your chopsticks to.

→ U-bora Towers, Business Bay, www.longtengse­afood.co (04 241 1666).

Maiden Shanghai From Dubai’s much-publicised

FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Maiden Shanghai isn’t just for influencer­s. It’s a slick, brass-trimmed restaurant that matches its wider surrounds, and serves up pan-China cuisine that decidedly hits the spot. Plus the views from the terrace are marvellous.

→ FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, palmjumeir­ah. fivehotels­andresorts.com

(04 455 9989).


Marina Social With new, innovative and utterly delicious dishes on the menu, one of Dubai Marina’s best restaurant­s has returned to the top of this category. Marina Social last picked up this award in 2017, and has regained its title thanks to glorious plates that balance creativity with a just-can’tstop-eating-it factor. On the menu you’ll find everything from 15-hour barbecue short-rib and beef wellington to lobster linguine, while service is first-class. All that combined with views across the Marina from the terrace, and you’ve got the makings of a memorable meal out.

→ InterConti­nental

Dubai Marina, www. marinasoci­aldubai.com (04 446 6664).

Serving up authentic Balkan dishes, this tiny restaurant is absolutely cracking. After a short break last year, 21Grams came back stronger than ever with a new menu but the same homely vibe. The pride in the recipes and ingredient­s shine, and it’s a top spot whether you’re after breakfast, lunch or dinner. The flaky, utterly moreish spanakopit­a is outstandin­g, the mezze is delicious and you’re certain to find flavours and dishes that you haven’t tried before. If 21Grams is not on your radar, it should be.

→ Park Regis Boutique Hotel, Umm Suqeim, www.21grams. me (050 841 5021).

folly by Nick & Scott Nick Alvis and Scott Price are household names in this town – having started the Dubai leg of their journey more than a decade ago at Gordon Ramsay’s Verve. Today, their eponymous restaurant has a stunning location at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, overlookin­g the waterways and Burj Al Arab. It’s a multiple Time Out Dubai award-winner, and in 2020 re-spun its offering to serve a set menu of muchloved signature dishes. Don’t miss the crispy hen’s egg – a folly classic for a reason.

→ Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.folly.ae

(04 430 8535).


LPM Restaurant & Bar

No stranger to the awards podium, LPM Restaurant & Bar is a stalwart on our list of best French restaurant­s in Dubai, and a multiple winner of this title – and that’s due to its unwavering consistenc­y. From a menu crammed with classics, there isn’t a dish that falls short of excellent. Don’t miss the perfectly pink lamb cutlets, the rich, indulgent dauphinois­e potatoes and the beautiful, juicy prawns in olive oil. There’s a buzzing vibe and it’s a top spot whether a date night or business lunch.

→ Gate Village 8, DIFC,

www.lpmlondon.co.uk/dubai (04 439 0505).

La Cantine du Faubourg This extremely cool restaurant has a wonderful terrace for winter, with twinkling lights and a romantic vibe. Inside is trendy and vibrant, while the food is some of the most moreish around. Truffle pasta, grilled lamb chops, burrata – the must-eat list is endless and repeat visits are needed to try it all.

→ Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.lacantine.ae

(04 352 7105).

The MAINE Land Brasserie The newest addition to the MAINE tribe, this is the chicest and smartest of the bunch. Decked out with stunning chandelier­s and wood panelling, the space itself is gorgeous and elegant. Menu-wise a lot of the dishes you know and love have been replicated here (hello there, glorious grilled octopus and lip-smacking fish tacos) but there’s a French riff on the menu with quality grills and escargot starring. Desserts are unmissable here, too (we suggest the crème brûlée).

→ The Opus by Omniyat, Business Bay, www.themainela­ndbrasseri­e. com (04 577 6680).


Mythos Kouzina & Grill JLT’s beloved taverna takes the title for a second year running. Mythos Kouzina & Grill is always a treat, and while travel’s mostly off the card, it’s as close as we’re getting to Greece right now. The cosy restaurant resembles a traditiona­l whitewashe­d tavern and its selection of Greek favourites are totally authentic. There are no shortage of sizzling grills, salads, warm breads and even Greek-style burgers, plus the tzatziki is the best in town. It’s also, crucially, exceptiona­l value for money.

→ Armada BlueBay Hotel, JLT, www.mythoskouz­ina.com

(04 399 8166).

GAIA From popular chef Izu Ani, this Greek-Mediterran­ean spot in DIFC is packed nightly. There’s a fish market-style counter, with an excellent selection, should you be hankering for a seafood supper, and there’s some top-notch mezze to be had, which is where the focus of the menu lies. The modern take on moussaka is superb, while the raw bar is worth exploring. Top tip: save room for the loukoumade­s (Greekstyle doughnuts).

→ Gate Village 11, DIFC, www. gaia-restaurant­s.com/dubai (04 241 4242).

OPA This-fine dining Greek restaurant is plate-smashingly good fun – literally. Between shouting “opa!” at every given chance, tuck into delicious dishes including the fiery red pepper and feta cheese dip, saganaki, cheese pie, grilled halloumi and more – everything is absolutely top-notch. It’s a riot, too, which is why it’s popular for celebrator­y meals out.

→ Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.opadubai.com

(04 357 0557).


Carnival by Trèsind It’s always party time at Carnival by Trèsind, especially when it comes to the fun-loving, flamboyant menu, bolstered by lashings of dry ice. But ultimately it’s the inventive, delicious dishes that will leave diners smiling. The food is innovative and fun, while the mixed drinks and deconstruc­ted desserts are also a draw.

→ Burj Daman, DIFC, www.carnivalby­tresind.com (052 242 4262).

Indya by Vineet Indian-style tapas is the order of the day at Indya by Vineet, with more than 70 dishes to choose from, cutely arranged from the earth, from the land, from the sea, and the oh-so-important sweet section. Arrive with an open mind (and large appetite), and don’t miss the funky pinwheel samosas.

→ Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, www.indya-dubai.com

(04 316 5550).

Masti Life shouldn’t be boring, and neither should food. That’s a philosophy that La Mer’s seaside spot Masti has in (buckets and) spades. The inventive menu includes fusion dishes like edamame chaat, sag paneer lasagne and pulled tandoori chicken bao. The mixed drinks are top-notch, too.

→ La Mer, Jumeirah 1, www.mastidubai.com

(800 62784).


Il Borro Tuscan Bistro Il

Borro Tuscan Bistro is one of the most famous Italian restaurant­s in Dubai and it consistent­ly serves up some of the greatest plates in town. Nestled against Jumeirah Al Naseem’s turtle lagoon, whether you sit on the terrace or in the chic-yet-relaxed dining room you’ll be treated to excellent service and outstandin­g food. Truffle pizzas, tender octopus and al dente spaghetti, all bases are covered here whatever the occasion.

→ Jumeirah Al Naseem, Umm Suqeim, www.ilborrotus­canbistro.ae (04 275 2555).

Scalini With a sunken terrace and a cosy indoor dining area, this is a top place for a dinner date. With lush foliage outdoors and friendly staff, the terrace is an excellent spot. Dishes are classic and done well, and the pastas (especially the lobster linguine), burrata and grills are must-orders when checking this place out.

→ Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah, www.scalini-dubai.com

(04 349 0068).

The Artisan When The Artisan shut up shop a couple of years ago, Italian food fans were dismayed. So imagine the delight when it reopened in the Waldorf Astoria. Housed on the ground floor, this DIFC Italian restaurant has secured a name for itself for serving up some of the best, perfectly blistered pizzas in town, while the vibe is low-key and intimate.

→ Waldorf Astoria DIFC, Burj Daman Building, DIFC, www.theartisan.ae

(04 338 8133).


ZUMA A massive hitter that’s a powerhouse on the Japanese dining scene. Whether it’s a business lunch, anniversar­y dinner or family brunch, there are few occasions that don’t deserve a date at Zuma. Not only is the food and service consistent­ly excellent, the vibe is warm and the brand is world-famous. The black cod is simply out of this world, but nothing on this menu disappoint­s.

→ Gate Village 6, DIFC, www.zumarestau­rant.com (04 425 5660).

Reif Japanese Kushiyaki Known for his kitchen performanc­es at Zuma and PLAY among other top names, Reif Othman set up shop on his own to massive applause. Last year’s Time Out Dubai Best Casual Newcomer winner, this no-nonense spot in Jumeirah serves up street food with a twist – and it’s fantastic. Wagyu sandos, silky soft ramen and kushiyaki – you’ll want to order it all (and you should).

→ Dar Wasl Mall, Jumeirah, www.reifkushiy­aki.com

(04 345 0761).

ROKA The little sister of Zuma, and the brainchild of Rainer Becker, this Japanese spot opened in the swanky Opus building in 2020. With several branches in London, ROKA Dubai is a first internatio­nal venture for the popular restaurant that’s best known for its ravishing robata grills. Don’t miss the yellowtail sashimi with yuzu-truffle dressing either, it’s wonderful. → The Opus by Omniyat, Business Bay, www.rokarestau­rant.com

(04 439 7171).


Amazónico This buzzing restaurant in DIFC has been a hit from the word go, and there’s loads to shout about. The flora-heavy décor is on trend, and the dishes are as tasty as the place looks. Yes, there’s a separate sushi menu, but there’s a long list of Latin American dishes you should absolutely dig into, plus the desserts and mixed drinks shouldn’t be missed either.

→ DIFC Pavilion, DIFC, www. restaurant­amazonico.com (04 571 3999).

COYA A previous winner of this competitiv­e category, this lively Peruvian restaurant draws in the crowds nightly, serving up Latin American dishes with flair. It’s known for its stunning, innovative creations – especially its tiraditos and ceviche – plus there’s a cool bar, friendly staff and a lively scene.

→ Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, www.coyarestau­rant.com/ dubai (04 316 9600).

Mama Zonia Bar, restaurant, ladies’ night haunt – Mama Zonia is a trendy joint that covers all bases. There’s a rainforest feel thanks to the masses of foliage inside, while outside the terrace offers spectacula­r views across Dubai Marina. The food is crowd-pleasing, too, think ceviche, sushi, grills and more (even frog’s legs curry, if you’re looking for something a little different).

→ Pier 7, Dubai Marina, www.pier7.ae

(04 240 4747).


Ibn AlBahr We’ve long waxed lyrical about the superb seafood at Club Vista Mare’s Ibn AlBahr but by no means does its range of mezze-style dishes play second fiddle. From creamy hummus to fresh, zingy fattoush, everything wows and this lively eatery is beachside dining at its best – plus it’s great value for money.

→ Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, www.ibnalbahr.me (04 553 9575).

Allo Beirut When it comes to fast-casual Levantine fare, Allo Beirut means business. The colourful roadside joint serves up some of the best shawarmas in the city, and unlike many comparativ­e, pitstop-style Lebanese eateries, Allo Beirut delivers the full gamut, from breakfast fatteh and hot wraps to full-blown grills and rotisserie.

→ Hessa Street, Al Barsha, www.allobeirut­streetfood.com (800 862 34788).

Bebabel For fresh, tasty Lebanese food straight from Beirut, look no further.

Beautiful fresh salads, tangy stuffed vine leaves, crunchy flatbreads topped with meat or cheese, and sublime grills are all on the menu here. It may be in a mall, but the views of The Dubai Fountain and impressive food elevate it by miles.

→ The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 419 0950).


Sultan Saray This authentic, homely Turkish spot, nestled just off Sheikh Zayed Road, serves up a wide variety of mezze, kebabs, and tempting desserts. For dinner and a show go for the Kwag al Sultan, to which servers apply the final fiery touches tableside. Expect Instalikes, but there’s as much substance as style at this family-pleasing place.

→ Al Thanya Street, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.sultansara­y.ae

(04 229 0600).

Al Fanar Seafood Market This traditiona­l Emirati restaurant brand was set up in Dubai in 2011 and if you’re looking for tasty, authentic food showcasing the UAE’s history, you’ve come to the right place. Recipes passed down include sea bass machboos and classic dessert luqaimat. Al Fanar’s Al Barsha branch specialise­s in seafood dishes, and the setting – on the edge of Pond Park – is incredibly peaceful.

→ Pond Park, Al Barsha, www. alfanarres­taurant.com/uae (04 353 3733).

Ninive With the feel of an upmarket desert encampment, dining here feels a world away from the office blocks of the city’s financial district, when in reality, it’s right next to them.

The modern menu is inspired by the flavours of Morocco, Iran, Iraq and Turkey with a range of Arabic and North African favourites and signature sharing-style dishes include mixed grills, fattoush salad, and almond kunafa.

→ Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.ninive.ae

(04 326 6105).


Bull & Bear Dishes at DIFC’s Bull & Bear taste as good as they look. This cooler-thancool New York export has dazzled since arriving on the scene, with a sophistica­ted interior that acts as a precursor to the moreish morsels that emanate from the kitchen. The alligator pear is not to be missed, while the prawn cocktail and steaks are a hit too.

→ Waldorf Astoria DIFC, DIFC, www.hilton.com

(04 515 9888).

The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill Oysters may be in its name, but the range of MAINE’S expertise doesn’t stop with the humble mollusc. Seafood does dominate the menu however, with the octopus a stunning entry to a catalogue of dishes that pay homage to the kitchens of New England. → DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, JBR, www.themaine.ae

(04 457 6719).

Weslodge Saloon Weslodge Saloon allows us to sample just a little taste of life in the Great White North. This Canadian spot has plenty to catch the eye both on the menu and out of the windows (it’s set on the 68th floor after all). Order up the fried chicken and dig in.

→ JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, www.weslodge.ae

(04 560 1700).


Café Isan For laid-back Thai dining, Café Isan is a mustvisit. The food is unfailingl­y delicious and it’s a top spot for a casual meal, whether you’re taking a quick lunch break by the lake or going for a relaxed date night. The flavours are fresh and lighter than many of the iterations you’ll find in Dubai an lot of the dishes can be made vegan-friendly, too. Fancy it fiery? Thai spicy is the way to go.

→ Cluster B, JLT, www.cafeisan.co

(04 557 9778).

Benjarong This longstandi­ng Thai restaurant recently had a huge revamp but its food remains as tasty as ever. All the usual suspects are on the menu and there’s a good choice of classic Thai dishes, including vegetarian options. Perched high on the 24th floor, there are also stunning views of the vibrant Dubai skyline.

→ Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dusit.com/dusit-thani (04 343 3333).

Thiptara From the terrace of this gorgeous Thai restaurant you’ll have a seat practicall­y in The Dubai Fountain, as the dining area is set out on decking into Burj Lake.

But it’s not just the setting that makes this super Thai restaurant one of the very best in town. Service is slick and friendly, while the menu is home to classic Thai dishes with a touch of added decadence.

→ Palace Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed

Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.addresshot­els.com

(04 428 7888).


Al Bayt The afternoon tea at Palace Downtown is a suitably regal affair, as you’d expect here.Choose from a traditiona­l English or Arabic tea and whichever you opt for you’ll be delighted with the selection of sarnies and cakes.

→ Palace Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.addresshot­els. com (04 888 3444).

Mosaico Afternoon tea at Mosaico is as en vogue as the world-famous fashion house the hotel is named after. Featuring Dammann Frères tea, an assortment of finger sandwiches, scones served with homemade jam, clotted cream and lemon curd, and a selection of pretty pastries, it’s delicious, too. Choose to dine indoors or out on the terrace overlookin­g the pool at this trendy spot.

→ Palazzo Versace, Al Jaddaf, www.palazzover­sace.ae

(04 556 8850).

Raffles Salon The theme at this afternoon tea is floral, as it’s in partnershi­p with Forever Rose London, and the flowery theme runs throughout the menu – even one of the two varieties of scone has a rose flavour, which is a smart nod to the region, too. It’s a delightful afternoon and a tea that’s well worth making a date for, especially when you have family in town.

→ Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha, www.raffles.com/dubai

(04 324 8888).


Iris Sprawling views of the Dubai skyline aren’t the only thing being celebrated at Iris. Nope, your eyes will also be on the delicious menu at this entirely outdoor venue. Tuck into fresh sushi, crisp flatbreads, mini veggie burgers and plenty more.

Oh, and check out the funky bathrooms complete with individual pods.

→ Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.irisdubai.com (056 951 1442).

Lah Lah Rooftop hangout

Lah Lah fuses poolside vibes, garden party atmosphere and tasty grub to suit all tastes at Zabeel House in the Greens. It’s a popular spot for a drink, and you won’t go hungry with chilli prawns, Thai beef salad and satay skewers so tasty you won’t want to share.

→ Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens, www.jumeirah.com (04 519 1111).

Lock, Stock & Barrel

Lock, Stock and Barrel is a behemoth of the Dubai nightlife scene, but you don’t get there without a menu that packs a punch. There’s not a lot of messing around here – the food is hearty, generous on the portion size. Our advice? Tuck into the loaded nachos, they’re as tasty as they are towering.

→ Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, www.lsbdubai.com

(04 392 7120).


LOWE Everything about this stylish, contempora­ry spot is absolutely bang on, but particular­ly the brilliant breakfast dishes, and you should pay a visit to experience them for yourself. The menu boasts an interestin­g take on morning favourites including smashed avocado and cured salmon flatbread, and a Spanish omelette that’s perfectly cooked and served with charred padron peppers. The spectacula­r waffles with miso ice cream are a real treat.

→ KOA Canvas, Wadi Al Safa, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, www.lowe-dubai.com (04 320 1890).

Fibber Magee’s A pub for breakfast? Why not? You can’t go wrong with a full Irish fried breakfast, and few do it better here in Dubai than this muchloved legend. The breakfast baps are excellent (make ours a bacon butty), and brekkie is served all day so there’s no need to be an early bird to catch this fry-up.

→ Behind Saeed Tower One,

Sheikh Zayed Road, www.fibbersdub­ai.com (04 332 2400).

tashas Come breakfast time, there’s very often a wait for a table at this popular South African café, but your patience will be rewarded with a long list of eclectic, indulgent dishes. Go for the mariachi eggs to kick off your day with a bit of fire and colour, or plump for cooked breakfasts with bacon and sausages, omelettes, açaí bowls and delightful brioche French toast.

→ Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim, www.tashascafe.com (04 380 6243).


Traiteur This is one of the best brunches in town if you’re after a huge selection of food in a classy setting. Popular with families, couples and groups, this restaurant has a spread of fresh seafood that’s not to be missed, plus live grill stations and even a dedicated cheese room and heaps of desserts. The views across the Creek are fabulous too, and it’s worth splashing out for.

→ Dhs495 (soft drinks), Dhs695 (sparkling grape), Dhs775 (bubbly), Dhs895 (premium bubbly). 1pm4.30pm. The Promenade,

Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira

(04 602 1814).

ROKA The little sister of ZUMA has a Friday brunch starring robata, sushi and more. In the winter you can sit out on the gorgeous terrace overlookin­g Downtown Dubai, too. Expect top service and consistent­ly good food, as you’d hope for from a world-renowned name, as well as accessible pricing. → Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs495 (bubbly). Fri noon6pm. The Opus by Omniyat, Business Bay

(04 439 7171).

Zuma If you haven’t tried Zuma, then this is an excellent way of checking it out. The brand is known across the globe, with good reason, so expect sushi, dim sum and robata and signature mains at this fantastic Friday brunch that’s unmissable.

→ Dhs473 (soft drinks), Dhs625 (house beverages), Dhs688 (bubbly). Fri & Sat 12.30pm-4pm. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 425 5660).


Allo Beirut Allo Beirut is a firm favourite in this city and many a breakfast, lunch and dinner have been wolfed down from its all-day menu. The Lebanese cuisine on offer is first rate, and affordably priced. Order up a shawarma platter, slather it in garlic sauce and you’ll be a happy (thrifty) diner.

→ Hessa Street, Al Barsha, www.allobeirut­streetfood.com (800 862 34788).

Maru Udon There are no prizes for guessing what Maru Udon is famed for. You’ll enjoy diving into a slurptasti­c bowl of noodles when you order one of the signature udon bowls, and the news gets even better when you see the pocket-friendly prices at this budget joint in Business Bay. Don’t miss the “udonuts” and udon chips too, for a quirky snack.

→ Majestic Tower, Business Bay, www.maruudon.com

(04 243 0888).

Vietnamese Foodies Vietnamese Foodies is a cute spot in JLT, but don’t let the low-key front fool you. This place is rightly renowned for some of the best around when it comes to Vietnamese cuisine, with easy-to-stomach prices making the dining experience here extra tasty.

→ Cluster D, JLT, www.vietnamese­foodies.com (04 565 6088).


Nightjar Think you know coffee? Get ready to be wowed. After starting out as a coffee roastery and specialisi­ng in cold brew and craft beverage production, Nightjar set up a café in Alserkal Avenue in 2018 and has become known for its super brews and tasty bites. A proper hipster joint, this trendy coffee shop in the arty area of Al Quoz has as much substance as style, from the house rotisserie­d chicken to the mind-blowing brownies. → Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.nightjar.coffee

(050 365 1120).

Boston Lane This super-cute Australian café in Al Quoz is a top spot for a lazy weekend breakfast or lunch, or just grabbing a quick coffee with friends. The menu is simple –and the cheese and garlic toastie is a massive hit.

→ The Courtyard, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.bostonlane.com

(054 449 2131).

Stomping Grounds Serving Dubai’s own Specialty Batch Coffee, this cosy and homey Australian coffee hub in the heart of Jumeirah is always buzzing. Come for coffee, for breakfast, for lunch, for afternoon tea. Or just to be reminded how your eggs ought to be.

→ Jumeirah, www. stompinggr­ounds.ae

(04 344 4451).


Shimmers Shimmers is a Greek stunner on the shores of the Arabian Gulf. Blessed with unrivalled views of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah from the sands next door, the outdoor dining terrace effortless­ly shifts from sit-down eating to bean-bag lounging on white sand with cold drink in hand. Dip your pita in creamy, garlicky tzatziki and get a shot for the ’gram.

→ Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah. com (04 432 3232).

Il Faro Trattoria Il Faro translates to lighthouse, and it’s obvious why this Italian hotspot dons that moniker when you see its lush setting on the Palm. The pizza (what else would top the menu here?) is a cheesy delight but the real feast is for the eyes, with views of the Burj Al Arab front and centre, while on a clear night you can see all the way to Burj Khalifa and the sparkling lights of Downtown Dubai.

→ Azure Residences, Palm Jumeirah (04 568 3137).

Ninive This Arabian-style lounge at Jumeirah Emirates Towers drew a great number of plaudits when it opened, and it’s easy to see why. Low-level seating serves to further amplify unbelievab­le views of the skyscraper­s that define Dubai, and on the first visit diners will spend much of the evening craning their neck. Think twinkling lights and an upmarket desert encampment vibe.

→ Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.ninive.ae

(04 326 6105).


Ninive Home to one of

Dubai’s most beautiful terraces with twinkling lights and stunning views of the

DIFC skyline, a trip to Ninive is always a special experience. Despite its central location, this romantic restaurant feels like an escape from the city.

→ Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, www. ninive.ae (04 326 6105).

carine With top food and a chic setting, carine makes for a wonderful date night spot. From famed Dubai-based chef Izu Ani, the selection of Mediterran­ean dishes is superb. Try and get a seat out on the expansive terrace which boasts views across the lush greenery of the Emirates Golf Club. Fun fact: chef Izu named the restaurant after his wife, and if that isn’t love, we don’t know what is.

→ Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dubaigolf. com (04 417 9885).

Thiptara For a memorable dinner in a spectacula­r setting this is a bucket-list restaurant to book and one of the most romantic places in Dubai. From the terrace of this gorgeous spot you’ll also have a superb view of Dubai Fountain.

→ Palace Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed

Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.addresshot­els.com

(04 428 7888).


Ibn AlBahr Buzzy Lebanesese­afood joint Ibn AlBahr, which is run by fishermen, is glorious, serving up fresh catch that really speaks for itself. If you’re looking for an al fresco bite to eat, this bright, seaside family fave is a hit. Head to the fish counter to peruse the day’s haul, and choose your preparatio­n preference (go simply grilled, if you ask us).

→ Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, www.ibnalbahr.me (04 553 9575).

Cast Freshly rolled maki, soft shell crab, caviar crispy potato and more, seafood fans can expect delicious (and decidedly different) fish and shellfish creations at this newish seafood restaurant in Umm Suqeim. And the best news? Most of the dishes on the menu feature locally caught produce.

→ Al Thanya Street, Umm Suqeim (04 380 1881).

The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill If you’re a seafood fan then you’ll be happy here. The popular restaurant in JBR is more than a standard seaside brasserie – with fresh fish, steamers and, of course, a raw bar serving fresh seafood towers, there’s loads to try.

The fish tacos and lobster rolls are delicious.

→ DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach, JBR, www.themaine.ae

(04 457 6719).


Prime68 Perched on the 68th floor of JW Marriott Marquis Dubai in Business Bay, the only thing higher than Prime 68’s kitchen is the quality of cuts. This steakhouse has stood the test of time, with no gimmicks, just great execution and a splendid selection.

The meat is tender and flavoursom­e, while the sides are worth getting a few to share. There’s a quality grape list, too.

→ JW Marriott Marquis

Dubai, Business Bay, www. jwmarriott­marquisdub­ailife. com (04 414 3000).

Nusr-et Heard of Salt Bae? You’re probably imagining the salt-sprinkling action right now, such is the celebrity restaurate­ur’s global reach. Diners can occasional­ly catch him in the flesh at his steakhouse in Four Seasons Resort Dubai, but excellent meat cuts are worth visiting for any time, for the gram or not.

→ Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah, www.nusr-et.com.tr

(04 407 4100).

STK JBR Steaks at STK, as you might have guessed, are pretty good. Actually, they are the business – seared perfectly, each morsel you bite into is a delight. And that’s before you get to the whopping sides that provide expert foil to the whole affair. The mac ’n’ cheese is dreamy while the skinny, crispy fries are delightful dipped in the zingy signature sauce. The vibe is sizzling too, so visit this trendy global name expecting a good time all round.

→ Rixos Premium Dubai JBR, The Walk, JBR, www.stksteakho­use.com

(04 394 1832).

For our full food listings, head online now timeoutdub­ai.com/restaurant­s and timeoutabu­dhabi.com/restaurant­s

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