Naina Shahani 29 Jan 2018 AT 10:33 AM

11 brilliant new business lunch deals in Dubai

Perfect for out of office meetings or a speedy lunch
Naina Shahani 29 Jan 2018 AT 10:33 AM
11 brilliant new business lunch deals in Dubai
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The good old business lunch. A time where the serious and the not so serious folk among us take roughly 45 minutes out of their schedule to energise their body and distract themselves from the work that lies ahead - the scenario usually involves three to four people gathered around an arty table, not talking to each other but very much in tune with their company (the joys of social media, ey?) 

To help you make the most of your next business lunch, we've shortlisted what we think are 11 of the best deals in the city. They're keenly priced too. You're welcome. 

Sean Connolly
Located on the top of the iconic Dubai Opera, the contemporary brasserie adds a dash of fancy to your afternoon meal. Priced at AED135, the business lunch includes a starter, main and a side dish. Our advice is to begin with a refreshing watermelon and feta salad or sashimi fish salad before diving into a main of meat balls glazed with tomato sauce or soft shell crab sandwiches or the fish of the day which is great when paired with a side of charred broccoli or a garden salad. 
Price: From AED135 
Where: Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai
Contact: +971 4 362 7312, website
Sean Connolly

Media One’s gastro bar QWERTY offers great value for a proper lunch time feed. For AED89, you’ll be served a two-course meal (starter and main) as well as a hot beverage. Add in AED19 and you can have a dessert to make it a tad bit more indulgent. 
Price: From AED89
When: 12pm-3pm, weekdays
Where: Media One hotel, Dubai Media City
Contact: +971 4 427 1000, website

BB Social Dining
Brainchild of Alex Stumpf (the head chef behind one of our favoruite Mexican spots, Peyote), this new DIFC haunt takes a homegrown approach to Middle and Far Eastern cuisine. The lunch menu is a pick and choose affair at AED80 for two dishes or AED100 for three. Featured dishes include beef skewers, Kung Fu wings and spicy beef tartare. Other options include baos – sliced beef, chicken, soft shell crab – as well as bowls of ramen, pho or grill. 
Price: From AED100 
When: 12pm-3.3pm, weekdays
Where: Gate Village 8, DIFC
Contact: +971 4 407 4444, website

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Larte d3
The chic restaurant located in d3 boasts a lunch menu that is just as impessive as the venue's vibrant decor. The X-presso lunch at AED55 includes a minestrone soup, focaccia (flavours including black truffle and spinach) and water; while the Pranzo at AED85 includes a soup or house salad along with a pasta dish of the day and a hot beverage. In short, it's a great way to get your fix of Italian and or Middle Eastern cusinie. 
Price: From AED55
When: 12pm-4pm, weekdays
Where: Building 10, Dubai Design District (d3)
Contact: +971 4 240 0441, website
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Ravioli & Co.
DIFC’s cosy trattoria offers a three-course menu that changes daily. For starters, there are dishes such as burratta and funghi gratinati to choose from. For mains you have the options of ravioli di melanzane, gnocchi alla romana and tagliatelle al ragù. End your meal on a sweet note with the restaurant’s popular tiramisu con Nutella or its rich and extremely delicious bonet.
Price: From AED89
Where: Burj Daman building, DIFC
Contact: +971 4 241 1616, website

The Maine Oyster Bar & Grill
The American style oyster bar needs no introduction really. Popular with residents for its ladies night’, its business lunch doesn’t disappoint either. For AED105, the three-course menu has starters such as clam chowder, beef Carpaccio and beetroot salad, while mains include spring chicken, cedar plank wild salmon or sea bass fillet, each of which can be paired with a glass of house grape. Make sure to leave some space for the dessert of the day. 
Price: From AED105
When: 12pm-4pm, weekdays
Where: The DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR
Contact: +971 4 457 6719, website
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Known for its Mexican fare, this London import’s business lunch offer is a good way to sample dishes from the menu that are otherwise on the higher side of the price wheel. The meal starts with a cold gazpacho or raw seasonal veggies platter before moving onto a choice of two small dishes (options include octopus, pulled braised beef and even yellow fin tuna tartare). This is followed by a main of braised short ribs, baked sweet potato with shiitake mushrooms or grilled baby chicken. For an extra AED35, you can complement your meal with a glass of grape or a winning combo of churros and coffee.
Price: From AED130 
Where: Gate Village 2, DIFC
Contact: +971 4 521 6300, website

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The all-day dining restaurant in Business Bay’s DoubleTree by Hilton allows you to enjoy an express lunch for AED75. You can pick salad and dessert from the buffet followed by a Plat du Jour (aka plate of the day) from the live cooking station. Expect flavours from around the world as the buffet includes Middle Eastern, Chinese, Indian and international specialties. Nice. 
Price: From AED75 
Where: Bay Square, Business Bay
Contact: +971 4 551 1544, website

Bazxar will have even the pickiest of eaters sorted with its moreish spread. The business lunch menu starts from AED130 and includes a soup of the day followed by a starter and main. Dishes cover a range of cuisines, so you're likely to find everything from chicken pot stickers to paneer tikka, salmon Carpaccio to risotto and even chicken Katsu curry. 
Price: From AED130
When: 12pm-3pm, weekdays
Where: Precinct building no. 4, DIFC
Contact: +971 4 355 1111, website
Bazxar Business Lunch

Offering views of the Arabian Sea, this charming Italian restaurant’s business lunch promises to bring tasty food at your table in no time. The two-course offering is priced at AED140, and the menu changes daily. There's a number of vegeterian options too. Think salads, pastas and soups. 
Price: AED140
When: 12pm-2.45pm, weekdays
Where: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Contact: +971 4 511 7373, website

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BASTA! By David Myers
Chef David Myers’ restaurant is known for its full-flavoured Italian food and the business lunch is no different. Simple and affordable, the lunch is priced at AED59 and includes a salad along with a pizza or pasta or Panini of the day. The canal views, are a nice added bonus. 
Price: From AED59
When: 12pm-4pm, weekdays
Where: Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Marasi Drive
Contact: +971 4 512 5522, website