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5 awesome restaurants in and around Dubai Marina



Pai Thai
Style: South-East Asian
The arrival in an “abra” boat via the sparkling Souk Madinat waterways suitably sets the tone for an evening at this delightlful Thai favourite. Fragrant curries come served in individual terracotta pots, with mounds of fluffy jasmine rice on the side. The atmosphere is friendly, the service spotless and the food is no-fuss delicious, and that’s what makes Pai Thai a real stand out.
Where: Al Qasr Hotel
Contract: +971 44 32 32 32

Marina Social
Style: Contemporary British
Gordon Ramsay’s protégé Jason Atherton opened his first UAE restaurant little under a year ago and it took a matter of weeks for Marina Social, in the sleek new InterContinental, to draw crowds every day of the week. Those not in the know would be forgiven for brushing his menu of comfort food favourites like pizzas and apple crumble and custard off as basic pub grub, but with everything he touches turning to gold, it’s time you tried your old favourites with a touch of class. Even the prawn crackers are masterful.
Where: InterContinental Dubai Marina, JBR
Contact: +9714 446 6664

Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara
Style: Seafood
The floor-to-ceiling aquarium walls inside the only seven star hotel in the world sounds as stereotypically high-end Dubai as it gets, but it’s the mix of simple yet stunningly good seafood and a fun, down-to-earth atmosphere that really bag this recently-renovated Burj Al Arab seafood gem its gourmet stripes. Oh, and the menu at Al Mahara – which means the oyster shell in Arabic – was recently created by award-winning Brit chef, Nathan Outlaw (see over for more).
Where: Burj Al Arab
Contact: +9714 301 7600

Style: Seafood
The pearl in the oyster shell that is the Madinat Jumeirah complex, it might actually be the law that couples must leave this most romantic of restaurants newly betrothed. It’s a curious paradox of a place; it looks like an oil rig from afar – hint, it was once used as a  jetty by a construction firm – and the bill could come close to the price of the one, but its unbeatable setting at the end of a 100-metre pier with the Burj Al Arab for a neighbour, paired with mouth-watering seafood and top-notch service, make Pierchic a winner.
Where: Al Qasr Hotel
Contact: +971 44 32 32 32

Zheng He’s
Style: Chinese
Another high-quality place set on Souk Madinat’s waterways, this pretty restaurant located within Mina A’Salam is one of the few top-notch Chinese restaurants in a city overflowing with Japanese and Thai options. Try the purple eggplant in black pepper sauce and the barbecue honey chicken puff dim sum followed by the best duck pancakes we’ve tried outside of Beijing. You’ll be back.
Where: Mina A’Salam
Contact: +971 44 32 32 32

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