The culture of eating in Dubai: Japanese pizza and more
Dubai’s eating and drinking scene is unrecognisable from what it was ten years ago. Over the past decade, the city has seen a huge influx of globally acclaimed international brands, but every bit as much development of home-grown restaurants and bars from local entrepreneurs.
Over the next week, we’ll treat you to some of the best home-grown spots in the city. Keep these spots in mind when heading out to eat. The future of Dubai’s foodie culture is mouth-watering, folks.
Crammed into a tiny space overlooking Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, this Asian restaurant serves Japanese-inspired sharing plates from a menu packed with cheeky asides. Expect creative sushi and an absolutely banging wagyu burger, plus a wait for a table if you’re heading down for dinner. Hang in there – it’s worth it. Unlicensed.
Where: Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, Jumeirah 2
Contact: +971 4 333 4003
Inspired by the Akihabara area of Tokyo, this funky Japanese looks not unlike a funky downtown side street. But you might be surprised to learn that it’s the pizzas everyone’s raving most loudly about. The Tokyo-style Neapolitan creations, made with Japanese flour, are blistered for a speedy 60 seconds in a wood-fired oven before they’re slid out to serve. Go for the margherita before you graduate to the likes of the kabucha, topped with pumpkin purée (among other things, obvs).
Where: Building 8, d3
Contact: +971 4 770 7952
BB Social Dining
It’s all about the bowls and bao at this tightly stacked DIFC eatery, which has the narrow, winding layout of an old Parisian townhouse. A fusion of Middle Eastern and Asian eats await, so join the eclectic crowd in tucking into Vietnamese-style pho, Japanese-inspired beef tartare and a spinach-stuffed pretzel that you’ll still be thinking about three weeks later. Licensed.
Where: Gate Village 8, DIFC
Contact: +971 4 407 4444