7 great restaurants to try in Dubai
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
Street Food Market at Soho Garden
If you, like us, love a food truck, then this latest collaboration will be right up your street. Soho Garden at Meydan Racecourse Grandstand welcomes KERB, a UK-based street food market that has quickly become known for it’s delicious variety of fast, innovative food. The trucks and chefs that are taking part will serve the type of world cuisine that will satisfy any hungry appetite. From moreish Parmesan pasta at The Cheese Wheel, grilled squid at INK and build-your-own fare at Lords of Poke to tangy tacos at Club Mexicana and lots more in between, there’s something for everyone at KERB. Taking place every weekend from Thursday to Saturday, this event has our stomachs rumbling already.
When: 9pm-2am, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until April 28
Where: Soho Garden DXB, Meydan Racecourse
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, website
Pai Thai’s Songkran Celebration
The fine dining joint is hosting a set-menu in celebration of the Thai New Year. From April 10 to April 23, you can enjoy a special menu of traditional dishes such as Chor Muang (chicken dumplings in sweet chilli sauce) and Tim Krob (crispy water chestnut with syrup and coconut milk). It’s AED280, minimum two people sharing.
When: 10-23 April
Where: Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
Price: From AED280
Contact: +9714 432 3232, website
Sho Cho Sunset Friday Brunch
Sho Cho is making the most of the last bits of cool and breezy weather by introducing an evening brunch. Set on it’s beautiful open-air terrace, complete with views of the Burj Khalifa, no less, the Japanese restaurant is hosting the Sunset Brunch from 8pm until midnight. Expect a set menu that includes platters of sushi, calamari and ocean fresh ceviche. There’s a selection of house beverages and bubbles to be had as part of the AED250 fee (AED165 for soft drinks). It’s worth checking out before it gets to hot.
When: 8pm-12am, Friday
Where: Dubai Marine Beach Resort
Price: From AED165
Contact: +971 4 346 1111, website
A good ol' platter of sushi, sashimi and dim-sum in a lush garden cabana is always welcome on a Friday morning, and Downtown Toko delivers the goods. To get into that Asian food vibe, try the likes of sushi rolls, BBQ Hoisin chicken and Peking duck rolls.
When: 12pm-4pm, Friday
When: Vida Downtown Hotel
Price: AED190 with soft drinks; AED325 with sparkling grape
Contact: +971 4 442 8383, website
Serving up exotic dishes from Asian countries such as Thailand, China and Japan isn’t the only thing this well-liked spot in Pier 7 is known for. Its ladies’ night is just as popular. On Tuesdays, women get three complimentary beverages from a selection of Asian inspired concoctions and grape beverages between 6pm and 1am. The plus point: You can pair it with delicious pan-Asian bites.
When: 6pm-1am, Tuesday
Where: Pier 7, Dubai Marina
Contact: +971 4 276 5900, website
When it comes to sea-front views and dining al fresco, we're spoilt for choice with the amount of restaurants that offer this standard. We don't take them for granted though, especially with 360°'s panoramic views on a pier in the middle of the ocean. Whether you’re visiting the city, entertaining guests or just yourself, the pier-end spot and stunning views of Burj Al Arab and a distant Burj Khalifa lighting up the sky at night is something to ogle at. The best time to do this, is perhaps at its evening brunch that takes place on Thursdays from 7pm.
When: 7pm-10pm, Thursday
Where: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Price: AED310 with house beverages; AED350 with sparkling grape
Contact: +971 4 406 8741, website