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5 awesome restaurants in and around DIFC

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La Petite Maison
Style: French
A DIFC institution, but it’s not just the mid-week business lunchers and after-work client entertainers who flock to LPM. Unlike some of its DIFC neighbours, the restaurant is just as busy during the weekend, and you must book at least a week in advance for the most popular dinner sitting times. It’s one of the most decorated restaurants in Dubai but it’s not only the UAE where this French-Med haunt tops the “world’s best” lists – it is one of just two UAE restaurants to win a spot on The Diner’s Club World’s Best Restaurants list. And Abu Dhabi dwellers should no longer have FOMO – LPM is opening its second UAE branch on Al Marayah Island in 2017.
Where: Gate Village No 8
Contact: +9714 439 0505

Zuma
Style: Japanese
This super chic DIFC jewel serves up some of the most consistently impeccable Japanese food and possibly the best black miso cod in town. A buzzy atmosphere, great service, too-pretty-to-eat dishes and a cool crowd have rightfully placed Zuma in the fine dining throne. All that graces the sushi and sashimi bar is delicious, but to really experience what makes Zuma so special, try one of their signature dishes like sliced seabass with yuzu, truffle oil and salmon roe, or the spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chilli and soy. Incredible.
Where: Gate Village 06
Contract: +9714 425 5660

Hakkasan
Style:
Modern Asian
This Emirates Towers hot spot is a maze of opulent lounge areas with a garden terrace, a well-stocked bar and sectioned-off corners, giving every table a different personality. Perhaps it is this which keeps bringing fans of executive head chef Tong Chee Hwee’s Cantonese creations back, or perhaps it’s the melt-in-your mouth silver cod, fall-off-the bone jasmine-soaked short rib beef and coconut crème brûlée. Waiting staff are clearly rigorously trained and have perfected the fine art of being attentive yet invisible. No wonder the Hakkasan empire stretches from Miami to Mumbai.
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Contact: +9714 384 8484

La Cantine du Fauburg
Style: Modern French
If you’ve not yet been, do not wait any longer to say “Bonjour” to this Parisian institution’s Dubai venue. Expectedly minimalist and pared-back cool, with a terrace, indoor dining and a private dining room each oozing Parisian charm, with flashes of hot red, paired with DIFC’s super sleek crowd, you might forget where you are for an hour or two.
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Contact: +9714 352 7105

Mint Leaf of London
Style: Indian
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows treat diners to a panoramic view of twinkling DIFC which sets the scene for a special meal. If you usually associate Indian food with a chicken tikka masala, let Mint Leaf lead you down an exciting contemporary path of Indian cooking. The soft-shell crab and lamb skewer are the must-trys.
Where: Emirates Financial Towers
Contact: +9714 706 0900

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